Subbmission to the 13th Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights
European Digital Rights
European Digital Rights represents 21 privacy and civil rights
organizations from 14 different countries all around Europe.
EDRI warmly welcomes Brazil's recent proposal to balance the existing
proposal. EDRI also endorses the earlier statements from CSC, FIM and EFF.
To reiterate shortly our own position:
- The inclusion of webcasting and simulcasting - which are essentially
the same - does not really make sense at this point since nobody really
knows to what direction the technology and business models are moving in
the future. Even worse, the current proposals seems to discriminate
against grass root activities like podcasting and thus favor the big
existing traditional organizations.
- The period of protection should be - at max - 20 years. Even the
patents, which require typically significantly higher investments, enjoy
that term of protection. It really should be enough.
- The treaty should not include technological protection measures. The
current experiences pertaining TMPs in protection of copyright do not
show any real success in limiting unauthorized copying - but instead - a
very real success in limiting users' legitimate rights to use their
legally obtained works.
- Finally, we would like to see much more impact assessment studies on
what effects different proposed options could have on the markets. For
example, we haven't seen yet any independent evidence that lack of
"broadcast right" is currently a real problem for webcasters.