This site has been put together by a broad cross-section of interest groups from across Europe, from rights holders to public interest NGOs to large consumer representatives and everything in between.
What do we stand for?
Copyright should strike a balance between the interests of the creator and public interest in access to knowledge, culture and education. This requires the adoption across the EU of balanced copyright laws that encourage community participation, facilitate economic growth and spur innovation.
Flexible copyright exceptions that enable innovation.
Fair and proportionate liability for copyright infringement.
Equitable access to information for educators, libraries, cultural institutions and the wider community.
Fair and proportionate incentives for creators.
Copyright laws that distort the balance between the interests of rights holders and broader public interest in access to knowledge.
The use of technological or contractual measures to unfairly restrict access to content.
Who are we?
C4C - Copyright for Creativity
Created in 2010, C4C is a broad-based coalition that seeks an informed debate on how copyright can more effectively promote innovation, access, and creativity. More background information can be found in the infographic here and the C4C declaration is available here.
CC - Centrum Cyfrowe
Centrum Cyfrowe was created to provide that support in the following spheres: research and analysis of the digital space, maintenance of laboratory space where specific projects are developed and tested, communication and promotion of digital issues in the public debate.
COMMUNIA International Association on the Public Domain is a network of researchers and practitioners from universities, NGOs and SME established in 10 Member States. The mission of COMMUNIA is to foster, strengthen and enrich the Public Domain. To fulfill its mission, COMMUNIA and its members raise awareness in, educate about, advocate for, offer expertise on and research about the Public Domain in the digital age within society and with policy-makers, at the EU level and worldwide. COMMUNIA Association is a WIPO observer since October 2012.
Digitale Gesellschaft e.V. is a not for profit, non-governmental organisation. It’s goal is to defend and promote civil rights in the digital environment, such as freedom of speech, privacy and data protection. The organisation is focuses on civil society campaigns in order to promote and defend human rights in the Internet era.
EBLIDA - European Bureau of Library, Information and Documentation Associations
The European Bureau of Library, Information and Documentation Associations (EBLIDA) is the representative voice of all libraries at the European level. Through its members it represents approximately 70,000 different kinds of libraries – public libraries, academic libraries, national libraries, documentation centres, and archives, etc. It fosters communication between its different members and consultation on matters of shared interest. It represents associations in all 27 Member States of the European Union and other countries in Europe.EBLIDA concentrates on European information society issues, including copyright & licensing, culture & education and EU enlargement. It promotes unhindered access to information in the digital age and the role of archives and libraries in achieving this goal. EBLIDA is currently involved in the Europeana project and the Communia network.
EDRi - European Digital Rights initiative
European Digital Rights defends civil and privacy rights in the online environment. It has 27 member organisations in 17 European countries.
EIFL - Electronic Information for Libraries
EIFL works with libraries worldwide to enable access to digital information in developing and transition countries. We are an international not-for-profit organisation based in Europe with a global network of partners. EIFL partners with libraries and library consortia in more than 60 developing and transition countries in Africa, Asia, Europe, and Latin America.
Fundacja Nowoczesna Polska - Modern Poland Foundation
Fundacja Nowoczesna Polska, which represents the general public and culture users, believes that users’ rights are the foundation of democracy and the public domain should be a rule to which information monopolies are an exception. Freedom of communication is only possible when citizens use free tools to control the flow of information, have media and information competences and have access to free knowledge. Therefore the Foundation:
- builds and shares open educational resources and teach media and information competences;
- develops free digitalization technologies and create free readings repository; and,
- educates culture users on their rights and influence public policies in the field of exclusive rights.
IFLA - International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions
The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) is the leading international body representing the interests of library and information services and their users. IFLA’s members include national and international library associations, national libraries and a huge variety of institutional and special libraries. It is the global voice of the library and information profession. IFLA is an independent, international, non-governmental, not-for-profit organization whose aims are to:
- Promote high standards of provision and delivery of library and information services
- Encourage widespread understanding of the value of good library & information services
- Represent the interests of our members throughout the world.
IFLA has Formal Associate Relations with UNESCO, observer status with the United Nations, associate status with the International Council of Scientific Unions (ICSU) and observer status with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). In 1999, IFLA established observer status with the World Trade Organization (WTO). IFLA has 1600 Members in approximately 150 countries, and works on behalf of 700,000 librarians and over 1 billion library users worldwide.
KL - Kennisland
LIBER - Association of European Research Libraries (Stichting LIBER Foundation)
Stichting LIBER is the principal association of the major research libraries of Europe. It was founded as an association in 1971 under the auspices of the Council of Europe and became a Foundation under Dutch law in 2009. Its current membership includes over 400 research libraries of more than forty countries, mainly but not only, in Europe. Its overall aim is to assist research libraries in Europe to support a functional network across national boundaries in order to ensure the preservation of the European cultural heritage, to improve access to collections in European research libraries, and to provide more efficient information services in Europe. LIBER actively promotes co-operation with all library-related organizations; it has strong links with the Council of Europe, the Commission of the European Communities (CEC), SPARC Europe and the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA), as well as with national library associations. LIBER has been involved in several projects such as Europeana, Europeana Travel and DART Europe. LIBER has excellent relations with the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) in the United States and the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) with the potential for collaboration.
LIBER’s current membership includes over 400 research libraries of more than 40 countries, mainly but not only in Europe.
OKF - Open Knowledge Foundation
The Open Knowledge Foundation (OKF) is a non-profit organisation founded in 2004 and dedicated to promoting open data and open content in all their forms – including government data, publicly funded research and public domain cultural content. The Foundation has a global network in over 50 countries of citizens, campaigners, developers, journalists and others who want to see information opened up for everyone.
ORG - Open Rights Group
The digital age is transforming society: bringing us greater democracy, transparency and new creative possibilities. When these freedoms are under attack, the Open Rights Group is there to defend them. Founded in 2005 by 1,000 digital activists, ORG has become the UK’s leading voice defending freedom of expression, privacy, innovation, consumer rights and creativity on the net. Getting into the political trenches in the UK and EU, we mobilise our supporters to stop bad laws. Working closely with other campaign groups, we lobby government and talk to the media whenever our rights are threatened. ORG is a non-profit company funded by donors. ORG is funded by 1,500 digital activists and represents tens of thousands of supporters.
TACD - Transatlantic Consumer Dialogue
The Transatlantic Consumer Dialogue (TACD) is a forum of US and EU consumer organisations which develops and agrees on joint consumer policy recommendations to the US government and European Union to promote the consumer interest in EU and US policy making.The TACD was launched in September 1998, at the end of the inaugural meeting which took place in Washington and gathered more than 60 consumer representatives from the US and the EU.