Freedom of Panorama e-petition - success


MHOL190246

Link Posted 11/07/2015 - 16:24
I thought that members might be interested in the following just received from the originator of the RPS E-petition, which, incidentally, had over 500,000 signatures - or put another way, common sense prevailed.

10 Jul 2015 — Your voices have been heard by the European Parliament and by the European Commission! After handing over the half a million signatures on Wednesday, the parliament voted yesterday with a big majority against any restriction of the Freedom of Panorama!

When I handed over the petition to MEP Julia Reda, she was “overwhelmed by the responses to the petition” and stated that “the petition has changed the debate in the parliament considerably and a lot of the parliamentary groups that originally voted for a restriction of Freedom of Panorama are clearly changing their mind about this.”

And the debate changed indeed – even MEP Jean-Marie Cavada, who started everything with his proposal of restricting the Freedom of Panorama in the first place, called upon the other members of the Parliament to vote against his own amendment. Many politicians brought the Freedom of Panorama up in the debate and mentioned that they’ve received “hundreds of e-mails and letters” from concerned people – from you!

Also the European Commission gave a clear statement by Commissioner Günther Oettinger that they “don’t intend to restrict the Freedom of Panorama”. Instead he says that “what you can see with your eyes as a citizen, on public places and streets in Europe, you should be allowed to also photograph it with a camera.”

The primary goal is accomplished. The parliament voted under applause that the existing Freedom of Panorama is not taken away from anybody and we can all take a deep breath. However, we do not forget about photographers from France, Italy and other countries that currently don’t enjoy this Freedom. We hope that the European Commission understood that this essential freedom has to apply all over Europe and we will closely monitor the proposal for the copyright reform by the European Commission that is due by the end of the year.

I thank you all for raising your voices and I’m glad that the parliament listened to our concerns!

SteveLedger

Link Posted 11/07/2015 - 21:32
It was bogus;

Quote:
The European Parliament's largest grouping of MEPs, the European People's Party group, has snuffed out a bogus copyright crusade.
"There is no such EU law on the table and it is highly unlikely that there will ever be in the future either," the EPP wrote.

The campaign was created by the attention-seeking German copyright activist Julia Reda.

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/07/10/eu_copyright_fears_nixed_wikipedia/

MrCynical

Link Posted 12/07/2015 - 00:58
SteveLedger wrote:
It was bogus;

Quote:
The European Parliament's largest grouping of MEPs, the European People's Party group, has snuffed out a bogus copyright crusade.
"There is no such EU law on the table and it is highly unlikely that there will ever be in the future either," the EPP wrote.

The campaign was created by the attention-seeking German copyright activist Julia Reda.

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/07/10/eu_copyright_fears_nixed_wikipedia/

Quote:
Wikipedia could be enriched greatly if it licensed images. It's a publisher that sits on a cash pile of tens of millions of dollars, raising almost $20m in its December fund-raising drive alone. That could pay a lot of photographers, and license a lot of images – but Wikipedia doesn't want to do that.

That bit is nonsense on stilts, which makes me doubt the veracity of the rest.

NeilP

Link Posted 12/07/2015 - 11:24
The Register is a funny very shall we say opinionated site. Stopped reading it years ago
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SteveLedger

Link Posted 12/07/2015 - 11:58
And that's not an opinionated response?..

NeilP

Link Posted 12/07/2015 - 23:24
lol I did notice the irony when I wrote that
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