Berlin Declaration of Collectively Managed Online Rights

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Berlin Declaration on Collectively Managed Online Rights

A declaration related to Open Access and Open Content goals. An example of a proposed solution that defends both free culture usage and author's rights:

Summary Text

"DRM and mass-prosecution of filesharers are not solutions acceptable to an open and equitable society.

  • Primary goal of copyright lawmaking must be a balance between the rights of creators and those of the public.
  • Collecting societies need to become more democratic, transparent and flexible, allowing their members to release their works under open-access, non-commercial licenses.
  • With the collecting societies suitably reformed, the successful European experience with exceptions and limitations compensated by levies should be reviewed for possible application to the on-line realm.
  • We urge the European Commission to consider a content flatrate to ensure compensation of rightsholders without control over users.