Changing the numbers of the articles won’t make the EU copyright reform better!
If the European Parliament adopts the Directive on copyright in the Digital Single Market next week, especially Article 13 (which was changed to Article 17 just before the vote), the internet as a space for communication, where everyone freely communicates with everyone else, will change drastically.
The problematic provision will pose an obligation to platforms, on which users upload certain contents, to conclude license agreement for practically every possible copyrighted work, otherwise they will be liable for the uploaded content infringing copyright. To avoid a relatively high degree of legal risk, platforms will in doubt block the content (with upload filters that are currently not able to distinguish lawful use from copyright infringement) and with this avoid liability.
Yesterday, European companies joined the civil initiative fighting against censorship, organizations in the scientific, economic, librarian, educational and other sectors warning about the threat to freedom of expression, open education and research, as well as the rightsholders in the audio-visual and sports sector, entertainment and music industry on the other side who believe that the directive imposes too much obligations on them. In an open letter 130 European companies exposed the negative implications of Articles 11 (now Article 15) and 13 (now Article 17) on the European economy. Changing the numbers of the Directive in not enough, Europe needs a better legislative solution!
On September 16, 2023, Dr. Maja Bogataj Jančič participated in the event @Re:Source MAH – the 10th International Conference on Histories of Media Art, Science and Technology. The program was divided into various categories (“tracks”), specifically focusing on the documentation and preservation of media arts; climate change; pioneers of media arts; and the history of media arts in museums.
The U.S. Copyright Office has once again denied the registration of an artwork created by artificial intelligence. Artist Jason M. Allen was unsuccessful in his second attempt to register the artwork “Theatre D’opera Spatial” as a copyrighted work because it contains more than a de minimis amount of content generated by artificial intelligence (AI).
On Friday 23 June 2023, a webinar entitled “Copyright and Legal Basis for Generative Artificial Intelligence Training” was held as the inaugural event of an informal research network in the region in the field of copyright. Researchers from Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and North Macedonia participated in the event, which is part of the national Open Knowledge Day initiative and the national and regional coordination activities carried out by ODIPI under the auspices of Knowledge Rights 21.