"Right to Remix": Initiative for a European Copyright Reform
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On its website right2remix.org, the German civil rights organisation EDRi member Digitale Gesellschaft e. V. calls on European policy-makers to adopt remix rights in the European copyright legislation and invites everyone to submit a link to his or her favourite remix work.
The time for such an initiative is way over due. 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. Including a right to remix has thus 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 the 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 favourite remix work. By submitting links to their favourite remix, signatories contribute to making visible how vibrant current remix culture already is while supporting the call for a legislative action.
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(contribution by Linnea Riensberg – EDRi member Digitale Gesellschaft - Germany)