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13. April 2013

Sharing Licence Library

This is a collection of materials on the proposals to legalize file-sharing in exchange for a flat-rate remuneration. These proposals are as old as P2P file-sharing itself. They have been advanced by law scholars, people from the music industry, consumer and Internet user organisations, collecting societies and political parties. They have come in the form of feasibility studies, passionate manifestos, scholarly and popular articles, law proposals and (near) pilot projects. And they have come under names such as alternative compensation system, content or culture flat-rate, licence globale, artistic freedom voucher, noncommercial use levy and sharing licence. If you have materials (text, audio, video) that should be in this collection, please mail me. Any discussion paper, law proposal, artist’s statement from any country in any language pertinent to the subject is welcome. Broken links as well. Thank you.

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5. April 2013

A Proposal for Legalizing Small-Scale Physical Copyright Piracy Book Publishing, Video Films and Music in Developing Countries

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Grassmuck, Volker Ralf, A Proposal for Legalizing Small-Scale Physical Copyright Piracy Book Publishing, Video Films and Music in Developing Countries (April 4, 2013). Available at SSRN:

The paper looks at the formative phase of media systems particularly in developing nations. It finds that copyright piracy in those situations serves a purpose not only in providing access to knowledge and creative works to audiences who would otherwise be excluded but also as the original accumulation of media infrastructures, know-how and capital that over time leads to the establishment of original forms of creative expression and legal media industries.

Looking at the examples of the publishing of books by foreign authors in 19th century USA, the emergence of the video film industry in Nigeria and briefly at the popular dance music in northern Brazil it shows the beneficial effects of piracy. From a public policy point of view, the paper then considers the benefits of copyright piracy and its harms, the most severe ones of which are caused by its illegality. In order to balance benefits and harms, it concludes by proposing to legalize small-scale physical copyright piracy in developing nations.

Keywords: piracy, copyright law, informal copyrights, access to knowledge, book publishing in 19th century USA, Nollywood, Tecnobrega

19. Februar 2013

„TPB AFK“ – Simon Klose’s documentary about The Pirate Bay out now

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tpbafkThe Pirate Bay – Away From Keyboard,  a close encounter with the three founders of the world’s largest peer-to-peer file-sharing site, premiered at the Berlin Film Festival and synchronuously on the Net on 8 February. Now, the film can be watched and bought at its official site and torrented at — where else — The Pirate Bay.

„One reason for making this film was that I couldn’t relate to the media industry’s claim that sharing files was a threat to creativity. To me, the unrestricted access to culture was the very spark in the online revolution, where every imaginable artistic expression exploded with creativity.“ (Director’s Statement)


23. Oktober 2012

Digitalia 2013, Salvador da Bahia, 1-5 February 2013

DigitaliaDigitalia 2013
Salvador da Bahia
1-5 February 2013

After a grandiose start in 2012, the music-based digital culture conference and festival Digitalia goes into its second year. It is part of an ambitious endeavor that includes research, education, publications, numerous events and the establishment of a Centre for Digital Music and Culture. Digitalia is organised by the social network Audiosfera and the research group of the same name, hosted at the Institute of Humanities, Arts and Sciences Professor Milton Santos at the Federal University of Bahia under the direction of Messias Bandeira. I’m honored to have been invited as one of the curators of Digitalia.

Next year’s themes are: Music and digital culture; economy of online music; copyrights, music and digital culture; music, digital culture and innovation; transversalities. For more details see (in Portuguese):

Chamada de Trabalhos (Call for Contributions), open till 15 November 2012.

24. September 2012

Cultures and Ethics of Sharing

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Cultures and Ethics of Sharing

Cultures and Ethics of Sharing

Wolfgang Sützl, Felix Stalder, Ronald Maier, Theo Hug (Eds.): Cultures and Ethics of Sharing / Kulturen und Ethiken des Teilens
2012, innsbruck university pressiup ISBN 978-3-902811-74-5 • Download the book here.

This is a volume of essays about sharing. Few people could have predicted that practices of sharing would gain such prominence in contemporary society. It is, arguably, one of the most unexpected developments of the early 21st century. Surprising, but not inexplicable. Over the last decade, numerous developments have taken place that created conditions under which new practices could flourish and the roles of sociability and sharing are being re-examined. For example, the very idea of man and woman as homo economicus, that is creatures that will naturally gravitate towards the pursuit of narrow self-interest and, thus, the need of society to organize itself as to make productive use of this supposed essential characteristic, has been called into question with renewed vigor.

With contributions – half in English, half in German – by Manuela Farinosi, Manfred Faßler, Leopoldina Fortunati, Michael Funk, Doreen Hartmann, Andrea Hemetsberger, Aletta Hinsken, Tobias Hölterhof, Nicholas A. John, Magnus Lawrie, Claudia Paganini, Julia Rone, Klaus Rummler, Katherine Sarikakis, Hans-Martin Schönherr-Mann, Sebastian Sevignani, Alexander Unger and Karsten D. Wolf.

My own contribution – „The Sharing Turn. Why we are generally nice and have a good chance to cooperate our way out of the mess we have gotten ourselves into“ – will come online shortly.

22. August 2012

Konferenz: Vergüten statt verfolgen

Raetsel_Urheberrecht_Horia_Varlan_flickr_CC_BY_20_320x240Am 31. August und 1. September findet in den Berliner Uferstudios (Badstraße 41, 13357 Berlin-Wedding) die Grüne Urheberrechtsfachtagung „Vergüten statt verfolgen“ statt. Das ausführliche Programm gibt es hier (PDF).

Zu den Vortragenden gehören Wolfgang Blau, Jeanette Hofmann, Markus Beckedahl und Olaf Zimmermann. Am Samstag, 1. September, 14:00 – 16:00 Uhr, werde ich, moderiert von Tabea Rößner, mit Gisela Schmalz, Helga Trüpel, Gerald Spindler und Tim Renner über „Alternative Vergütungsansätze und zeitgemäße Finanzierungsmodelle“ sprechen, m.a.W. über die Tauschlizenz.

Die Veranstaltung wird vom Bundesvorstand von BÜNDNIS 90/DIE GRÜNEN zusammen mit den Bundesarbeitsgemeinschaften Kultur, Medien und Netzpolitik, Demokratie und Recht, Bildung und Wissenschaft sowie Hochschule und Technik organisiert.

17. Juni 2012

Marieke van Schijndel und Joost Smiers: „No Copyright“ auf Deutsch erschienen

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Smier-No-CopyrightMarieke van Schijndel und Joost Smiers, NO COPYRIGHT. Vom Machtkampf der Kulturkonzerne um das Urheberrecht. Eine Streitschrift. Aus dem Niederländischen von Ilja Braun. Mit einem Nachwort von Jürgen Marten, Alexander Verlag 2012.

Joost wird seine Thesen in Berlin diskutieren:

Datum: 26. Juni 2012 um 20 h
Ort: HBC, Karl-Liebknecht-Straße 9, Berlin
(Eingang über die Terrasse im 1. Stock)
Eintritt 2 Euro

Das Erscheinen des Originals „Imagine there’s no copyright and no cultural conglomerates too“, 2009 beim Institute of Network Cultures, Amsterdam wurde hier bereits vermerkt.

20. Mai 2012

Portuguese Law Draft on the Sharing Licence

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The Communist Party of Portugal has proposed a law on legalizing file-sharing in exchange for a levy: Partido Communista Portuguguês (PCP): Projeto de Lei n.o 228/XII/1.a. Regime Jurídico da Partilha de Dados Informáticos, 4 de Maio de 2012.

Here are the main features of the proposal:

  • It permits non-commercial sharing of works whose rights holders have not expressly prohibited their sharing.
  • ISPs shall pay 0,75 € per customer and month.
  • The rate shall be adjusted annually to inflation.
  • 70% of the levy goes to collecting societies, of which 40% to authors, 30% to performers and 30% to producers and publishers. 30% goes to the public arts and film funding agencies.
  • Prohibiting sharing is done by a declaration to the Minister of Culture and/or by making it explicit on the original work.
  • The Minister of Culture maintains a public list of prohibited works.
  • The communications authority provides data on Internet access, fixed and mobile.

13. Mai 2012

Kulturflatrate auf Netzwelt, Flux FM, 13.5.2012

Netzwelt: Volker Grassmuck zur Kulturflatrate und Proteus
Flux FM, Netzwelt, 13. Mai 2012, 17-18 Uhr

„Auch in dieser Woche wurde die Debatte um’s Urheberrecht erbittert weitergeführt. Etliche Autoren und Künstler unterzeichneten einen Offenen Brief und wandten sich darin gegen Gier und Diebstahl – was in ihren Augen offenbar die einzige drohende Alternative zum jetzigen Urheberrechtsystems sei.

Dass dem durchaus nicht so ist, weiß Volker Grassmuck. Der Mediensoziologe hat sich eingehend mit dem Modell “Kulturflatrate” auseinandergesetzt (hier könnt ihr sein umfangreiches Vorschlag-Paper herunterladen) und plädiert dafür, eine solche schleunigst in einem Pilotprojekt auszuprobieren. Wie weit Deutschland in dieser Sache ist und ob er eine realistische Chance für eine Kulturflatrateregelung hierzulande sieht, darüber spricht Jan dann nachher mit ihm in der Sendung.“

19. April 2012

Neue Finanzierungsmodelle zwischen Copyright & Commons, Pfefferberg, Berlin, 7.5.12

Vereinte Europäische Linke/Nordische Grüne Linke (GUE/NGL): Kreatives Schaffen in der digitalen Welt – Neue Finanzierungsmodelle zwischen Copyright & Commons
7. Mai 2012, 10:30 – 19:00, im Pfefferberg, Haus 13, Schönhauser Allee 176, 10119 Berlin

Kann es eine neue Solidarität von Nutzerinnen und Nutzern kreativer Werke und Kreativschaffenden geben? Mittlerweile sind verschiedene neue Vergütungsmodelle entwickelt worden, die auf Teilhabe statt auf Ausschluss setzen und die Vergütung kreativen Schaffens von der Kontrolle des Zugangs zu kulturellen Gütern entkoppeln. Wie realistisch sind solche Modelle, woran hapert es? Welche Chancen bieten und welche Risiken bergen sie? (more…)

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