Mozilla is committed to overhaul copyright in the EU

Aug

25

2016

Copyright and the Internet: These are two topics that are also used very often in the same league. Meanwhile, the days are gone where anyone could download wild on almost forgotten filesharing stars like Audiogalaxy Music or was handled on websites cheerfully unrepentant with strange images. Rasch rather may already follow when integrating a YouTube video a warning, if the distribution of rights is diffuse. Mozilla now wants to work with a petition for the reform of copyright law in the EU to catch up, inter alia, towards the United States.

Example: In the US there are in this country legally known Fair Use Policy. Simplistically stated, the fair-use principle allows copyrighted content to a certain extent without the permission seek to use a limited framework. An example would be a film reviewer, showing excerpts from a trailer or even from another movie in a YouTube video. In Germany, that would not be allowed without explicit permission. Because when we lack such a scheme for films and TV series.

Of course, this also limits the possibilities in this country a Self create Memes, which often use images from TV series and films, is strictly speaking no fair use at least already at home in a legal gray area. However, there are not only in terms of the Internet restrictions: Formally about teachers may in many EU countries, strictly speaking, to show commercial films because the copyright also prohibits such public demonstrations without permission.

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In autumn, the European Commission plans to address a reform of copyright legislation. But of course here tugging several parties around their own interests. Large rightsholders and CRMs about have little interest in reform and also for lawyers who earn their money warnings, the current legal situation is more preferable. Mozilla supports according to their own statements, however, a serious reform and hopes to find a petition supporters. To find the petition (in English) right here .

Mozilla calls for specific exceptions for user-generated content (User Generated Content Exception) and provide a European counterpart to the US Fair Use Rule. The latter can only advocate myself: I had even thought about to start for the sheer fun with friends a movie review channel on YouTube. Away from the fact that that area is overcrowded anyway, I was stopped at that time from the legal situation. Because in Germany it is extremely difficult Trailer integrate video footage from movies and even screenshots, without sitting down straight into the nettles.

It will be interesting what one hears about in the coming months. Participation in Mozilla’s petition is certainly one not the worst signal.

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