The European Parliament and the EU Member States will decide on the proposed Directive for Copyright in the Digital Single Market later this year. The proposal includes a number of worrisome articles that would further restrict access to information and limit how information, culture and creativity can be shared. Kennisland, as one of the members of Communia International Association for the Digital Public Domain, is organising a number of events on 20 and 21 March in Brussels to generate awareness of the concerns shared by civil society, libraries, individual creators and the users industry.
Tuesday March 20th
The Future of Technology in Education
11:00 – 1230, Room A7F387, European Parliament
Tuesday morning COMMUNIA is hosting a roundtable on the future of education. How is education benefiting from the use of technology – now and in the future?How is education benefiting from the use of technology – now and in the future? The round table, co-hosted by MEP Marietje Schaake, will assess this question and explain whether new technological and legal developments (especially article 4 of the proposed copyright directive) can be an enabler or a roadblock in this context.
- If you are interested in participating in this roundtable please register here.
14:00 – 17:30, The Museum of Natural Sciences
On Tuesday afternoon we will convene for the first COMMUNIA salon at the Museum of Natural Sciences, which is located 5 minutes walking distance from the European Parliament. We will bring together activists, academics and policy makers to discuss challenges on the intersection of creativity, value creation and copyright in the online environment.
We will kick off the day with a discussion on the future of creativity in the online environment. We will kick off the day with a discussion on the future of creativity in the online environment. This session will focus on the issue of rewarding creators for their contributions, while preserving the open nature of the internet. A second session will focus on exploring the consequences of the half-hearted copyright reform proposal that is currently moving through the European institutions. Under the title “Copyright Directive 2030: what kind of internet will we have in Europe if the current Directive passes?” we will explore a possible copyright landscape in ten years from now.
- You can register for the COMMUNIA Salon by sending us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or if you have any questions please contact Tiara Roquas.
Defending freedom of expression and European digital culture
18:00 – 21:30, The Museum of Natural Sciences
From 18:00h onwards Create.Refresh takes over the Museum of Natural Sciences with an evening of talks, screenings and performances by Alice Valentin, Axelle Tessandier, Edouard Mauriat, François Ier, Marc H’Limi and the Thug Robot. The evening is closed with a DJ set from Simon Lundsgaard and a projection mapping on the building by Makio & Floz.
- You can register for the Create.refresh event by RSVP-ing to email@example.com or if you have any questions please contact Tiara Roquas.
Wednesday, March 21st
Networking and advocacy workshops
9:00 – 12:00, European Parliament
On Wednesday morning we will organize an invitation-only networking workshop for activists interested in working together with the aim of being more visible across the EU member states. This workshop will discuss best practices, shared strategies and means of cooperating and supporting each other.
14:00 – 16:00, European Parliament
On the Wednesday afternoon we will wrap up the copyright action days with a workshop inside the European Parliament.On the Wednesday afternoon we will wrap up the copyright action days with a workshop inside the European Parliament. This invitation-only workshop co-hosted by MEP Julia Reda will provide the opportunity to learn more about how the policy process in the European Parliament works. It will provide a behind the scenes view from policymakers and activists directly involved in the copyright reform process in the last several years.
- If you are interested in participating in either of these workshops please get in touch with us via firstname.lastname@example.org or if you have any questions please contact Tiara Roquas.