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Submissions/It's alive! The EU copyright reform is coming and will affect Wikipedia.

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This is an accepted submission for Wikimania 2017.

Submission no. 4002 Subject - LE2 or LE3
Title of the submission

It's alive! The EU copyright reform is coming and will affect Wikipedia.

Type of submission (lecture, panel, tutorial/workshop, roundtable discussion, lightning talk, poster, birds of a feather discussion)


Author of the submission


Language of presentation

English (I wouldn't mind doing it bilingually in EN and FR, though.)

E-mail address




Country of origin


Affiliation, if any (organisation, company etc.)

Free Knowledge Advocacy Group EU

Personal homepage or blog


Abstract (up to 300 words to describe your proposal)

In September 2016 the European Commission proposed a EU copyright reform. The proposal isn't looking too optimistic for free knowledge projects. Since then, a network of European Wikimedia chapters and user-groups is working to influence the outcome, so we can add more content to our projects. We are working to advocate in the European Parliament by flying volunteer Wikimedians into Brussels and letting them talk to representatives from their countries. We are also working to be heard in the Council. 17 chapters and user-groups have localised Wikimeida's position paper and submitted it to their governments. The fight won't be over and we are expecting to be in an important phase during Wikimania, where we can still make change happen. The issues that can be part of the reform are: Freedom of Panorama, a public domain safeguard, text and data mining and user-generated content. We will explain to Wikimedians what the risks/benefits of the discussed wording in Brussels are and tell them how they help Wikimedia's effort.

What will attendees take away from this session?
  • They will know what will be part of the new copyright rules in Europe and how it will affect our projects and their ability to legally edit/add content.
  • They will know which issues we can still influence in the reform and receive a clear offer to participate.
Theme of presentation
  • Legal & Free Culture

For workshops and discussions, what level is the intended audience?
Length of session (if other than 25 minutes, specify how long)
25 minutes
Will you attend Wikimania if your submission is not accepted?
Slides or further information (optional)
Will be added later.
Special requests
Is this Submission a Draft or Final?

This is a Completed submission for Wikimania 2017 ready to be reviewed by a member of the Programme Committee.

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  1. John Andersson (WMSE) (talk) 08:52, 14 March 2017 (UTC)[reply]
  2. --Gnom (talk) 13:08, 26 March 2017 (UTC) Let's make Wikipedia green![reply]
  3. Hogne (talk) 07:04, 6 April 2017 (UTC)[reply]
  4. Slowking4 (talk)
  5. --Gereon K. (talk) 21:23, 10 April 2017 (UTC)[reply]
  6. Raimund Liebert (WMAT) (talk) 09:28, 11 April 2017 (UTC)[reply]
  7. GastelEtzwane (talk) 12:18, 11 April 2017 (UTC)[reply]
  8. Wuselig (talk) 10:55, 12 April 2017 (UTC)[reply]
  9. JGerlach (WMF) (talk) 15:25, 12 April 2017 (UTC)[reply]
  10. ShreCk (talk) 16:12, 13 April 2017 (UTC).[reply]
  11. GDubuc (WMF) (talk) 20:17, 1 May 2017 (UTC)[reply]
  12. Christina Rupprecht (WMDE) (talk) 11:22, 9 May 2017 (UTC)[reply]
  13. Dalek2point3 (talk) 21:56, 30 June 2017 (UTC) wont be able to attend but see this research that I did that might be relevant for this debate: https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2012/07/mit-economist-heres-how-copyright-laws-impoverish-wikipedia/259970/[reply]
  14. --Cornelius Kibelka (WMDE) (talk) 08:18, 17 July 2017 (UTC)[reply]
  15. Yann (talk) 18:53, 17 July 2017 (UTC)[reply]
  16. Bahnmoeller (talk) 18:56, 25 July 2017 (UTC)[reply]
  17. Kosboot (talk) 14:47, 31 July 2017 (UTC)[reply]
  18. --Ліонкінг (talk) 16:27, 13 August 2017 (UTC)[reply]