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Declaration of support for the Copyright Amendment Bill 2019, South Africa
Declaration of support for the Copyright Amendment Bill 2019, South Africa 30 April 2019 Various

Dear President Ramaphosa, We are writers, filmmakers, producers, photographers, actors, teachers, professors, students, learners, librarians, journalists, artists, poets, software developers, technology entrepreneurs, freedom of expression activists, disability activists, game developers, producers of accessible format materials, educational content producers and many other diverse South Africans. Amongst us, our organisations represent over half a million South Africans. In South Africa the ...

"Users across the globe may well see a rise in automated censorship and filtering thanks to the European Parliament"
"Users across the globe may well see a rise in automated censorship and filtering thanks to the European Parliament" 26 March 2019 APCNews

The updated EU copyright directive, which was voted on and approved in Strasbourg on Tuesday, 26 March, is considered by free speech campaigners as a “victory of the censorship machine".  The vote came after large mobilisations by civil society to raise awareness of the negative impact of Article 13 (previously Article 17) of the draft directive, which involves imposing widespread censorship of content shared online. This past weekend, up to 200,000 people took to t...

Open letter calling for the deletion of Articles 11 and 13 in the EU copyright directive proposal
Open letter calling for the deletion of Articles 11 and 13 in the EU copyright directive proposal 04 February 2019 Various

Brussels, 29 January 2019 Your Excellency Deputy Ambassador, Dear European Commission Vice-President Andrus Ansip Dear MEPs Voss, Adinolfi, Boutonnet, Cavada, Dzhambazki, Geringer de Oedenberg, Joulaud, Maštálka, Reda, Stihler, We are writing you on behalf of business organisations, civil society organisations, creators, academics, universities, public libraries, research organisations and li...

When copyright stymied Christmas: Synchronisation rights and impact on community filmmaking
When copyright stymied Christmas: Synchronisation rights and impact on community filmmaking 18 December 2018 Andrew Garton

This article was previously published by the author on Medium. In 2015 I made a film with Katherine, a photographer, and Matt, a media artist. We put together a crew with Aaron, Ben, Ruthwanthi, Tenielle and William — members of First Impressions Youth Theatre. We were brought together by the City of Whittlesea’s Community Cultural Development team. The City of Whittlesea is one se...

Open letter: Ensure that new EU regulation on copyright complies with human rights
Open letter: Ensure that new EU regulation on copyright complies with human rights 05 December 2018 Various

3 December, 2018. Dear <<First Name>> <<Last Name>>, The Proposal for the Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market has been analysed and criticised by many human rights and digital rights organisations. We point to Article 13 as one of the most problematic parts of the proposed Directive. In the last few months, there have been some positive developments regar...

Letter to the EU Council: Stand for citizen’s rights and the European digital economy in the copyright negotiations
Letter to the EU Council: Stand for citizen’s rights and the European digital economy in the copyright negotiations 20 November 2018 Various

Your Excellency Deputy Ambassador, We, the undersigned, are writing to you ahead of the 23 November COREPER 1 meeting, at which copyright in the Digital Single Market will be discussed by the Austrian Council Presidency. We consider that it is too early at this stage to give a renewed mandate to the Austrian Presidency. Representing human, privacy, civil rights and media freedom organisations, ...

Call to members of the European Parliament: Open letter on the EU copyright reform
Call to members of the European Parliament: Open letter on the EU copyright reform 02 July 2018 Various

With a crucial vote taking place on 5 July in the European Parliament, over 145 organisations representing human rights, privacy, civil rights and media freedom organisations, start-ups, software developers, publishers, creators, journalists, radios, libraries, higher education and research institutions call upon the European Parliament to vote against the Legal Affairs (JURI) Committee mandate...

APC joins over 145 organisations to ask EU Council to stop a rushed EU copyright reform
APC joins over 145 organisations to ask EU Council to stop a rushed EU copyright reform 26 April 2018 Copyright for Creativity (C4C) Coalition

APC has joined over 145 organisations to send an open letter on the EU copyright reform to the EU member state ambassadors and deputy ambassadors ahead of the 27 April meeting of the Committee of the Permanent Representatives of the Governments of the Member States to the European Union (COREPER). At this meeting, the Bulgarian Council presidency wants the EU member states to endorse ...

Draft Provisions for Amendment of the South African Copyright Act of 1978
Draft Provisions for Amendment of the South African Copyright Act of 1978 30 July 2015 Andrew Rens, Emilar Vushe, Anriette Esterhuysen

South Africans should be able to make fair use of copyright materials. Fair use is important for technological innovation, reverse engineering, education and access to knowledge. Contracts and anti-circumvention rules should not be allowed to prevent South Africans from making fair use of copyright materials. South Africans should be able to bulk import copyright works including textbooks legit...

APC joins Global Library and Archives Community in welcoming new UN report on Copyright Policy and the Right to Science and Culture
APC joins Global Library and Archives Community in welcoming new UN report on Copyright Policy and the Right to Science and Culture 11 March 2015 APC

In March 2015 the UN Special Rapporteur in the field of Cultural Rights presented a report to the 28th session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva regarding copyright policy in the context of cultural rights. APC joins the Global Library and Archives Community in welcoming the report that examines copyright from a critical but often neglected perspective: the human dimension.

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