English Press Release: ‚Right to Remix‘ – Initiative for a European Copyright Reform

Press Release 22 August 2013 // Digitale Gesellschaft e. V.

The website right2remix.org calls on European policy-makers to adopt remix rights in European copyright legislation. On the portal, the German civil rights organisation Digitale Gesellschaft e. V., initiator of the initiative, explains: „We live in an age of remix. Creativity and culture have always drawn from previous works, but with the Internet and digital technologies, the creative re-use of works has been taken to a whole new level. More people are able to edit and share a greater range of works than ever before.“

Markus Beckedahl, spokesperson of Digitale Gesellschaft e. V., demands legal changes to adapt to these technological and social developments: „The right to remix has become a fundamental requirement for freedom of expression and free speech in a digital society.“

Establishing a right to remix, however, requires some modifications of European and national copyright law. Digitale Gesellschaft e. V. proposes to introduce the right to remix as a combination of three creative rights:

– The right to change works during usage and to publish the results. (Transformative usage right(s) with lump-sum compensation, e.g. background music in mobile phone videos)
– The right to create and to publish remixes of existing works. (Remix right(s) with lump-sum compensation, e.g. fake trailer for a TV series)
– The right to commercialise remixes, in exchange for appropriate compensation. (Remix commercialization right(s) subject to compulsory licensing, e.g. selling music mash-ups on iTunes)

On right2remix.org, supporters are invited to sign a petition and to share a link to their favorite remix work. Leonhard Dobusch, assistant professor on organisation theory at Freie Universitaet Berlin and responsible for the initiative, explains the rationale for collecting remix works: „We want to contribute to making our rich remix culture more visible and call for a legislative recognition.“

The launch of the website right2remix.org is only the first of several parts of the initiative.“Currently we are also working on an online remix museum,“ Dobusch says, adding that each remix link will be counted as a nomination for a remix award. „After the failure of the Anti-Counterfeiting trade Agreement (ACTA), our initiative aims at re-launching the debate for a  European copyright reform in a pro-active and constructive manner.“

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The non-governmental organisation „Digitale Gesellschaft e.V.“ is committed to the equal and democratic participation of all humans in the digital and connected age. The organisation explains the challenges of internet politics to the public and the politicians, economists and consumers and stands for human und citizen rights in the digital sphere. We want to preserve and create an open and free digital society. On the one hand, that means fighting against the dismantling of digital freedoms and citizen rights. On the other hand, it means to call for the realization of digital potentials for a free access to knowledge, more transparency and participation as well as more room for creativity. Digitale Gesellschaft e. V. is member in the community of European digital civil rights ”European Digital Rights (EDRi)”.

http://right2remix.org/right-to-remix-initiative-for-a-european-copyright-reform/

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