Category Archives: quadrature

1996 WIPO treaties, EUCD, DMCA, HADOPI, three-strikes, Gallo report, ACTA, creative contribution

Again?

I reproduce here the text of an op-ed originally published on La Quadrature du Net’s website. Yet another? But yet another what? One does not even know. Once more tens of people killed, many more injured. Once more, a human being has carried them over towards death and suffering in his trajectory of violence and […]

How should we frame and serve cultural rights in the digital age ?

This post gives the core of what I said in the panel on « Legalizing file-sharing: an idea whose time has come – or gone? » in the Information Influx conference organized to celebrate the 25 years of IViR, the Institute of Information Law in Amsterdam on 4 July 2014. The panel brought together 4 […]

Political asylum in France for Edward Snowden now!

published at the occasion of the first anniversary of the Snowden revelations and a large-scale campaign in France demanding President Hollande to grant constitutional asylum to Edward Snowden.

Don’t harm the best effort Internet to compensate for the loss of roaming income

This post has undergone various limited revisions since its original publication. When not purely cosmetical, these revisions are signaled through footnotes. The European Parliament is presently in the last stages of first reading for a revision of the telecom regumation. This revision addresses two facets: roaming costs for international mobile communications and network neutrality. Cancelling […]

Discussion of the Onlife Manifesto

The Onlife Manifesto was produced by a multidisciplinary group for the European Commission DG Connect. Its focus is “what it means to be human in a hyperconnected world”. I was one of 7 people asked to react to it at the occasion of its publication on 8 February 2013 in Brussels. The others were representatives […]

Expropriation from the common heritage

Some context for English speaking readers: on 15 January 2013 the French National Library (BnF) has signed public-private partnerships for the digitizing of 70000 ancient books (up to 1700) and 200,000 78 and 33 rpm sound recordings of patrimonial value. These partnerships, respectively with ProQuest and Believe, grant a 10 years exclusive commercial exploitation right […]

We need a new formulation of end-to-end analysis

End-to-end analysis is the major theoretization of the Internet that was proposed by Jerome Saltzer, David Reed and David Clark from 1981. In their seminal paper and later ones, they formulated what became known as the end-to-end principle, interpreted often as “application-specific functions ought to reside in the end hosts of a network rather than […]

The Polish campaign for the right to culture

I write this post in a mix of sadness and joy. The sadness of losing Aaron Swartz who committed suicide two days ago. He was a great person (say all who met him) to whom we owe a significant part of the victory against SOPA in the US through his organization Demand Progress and many […]

Non-market sharing should not be “compensated for”, the “creative contribution” has other aims

The commons thread to my work on the non-market sharing of digital works between individuals1 is to defend that when carefully delineated, this sharing is a right whose definition lies outside the realm of copyright. As such it can not be the object of copyright-based compensation. I developed this point in Internet & Creation (in […]

The non-market practices of individuals as the core of [digital] culture

Here are the slides and the speaking notes of my talk yesterday in the Global Changes in the Production and Consumption of Culture conference organized by the Green Group of the European Parliament. The other speakers were Lucy Montgomery and Frédéric Martel. My talk focuses in particular on digital writing and literature.

European democracy

Dimitrios Droutsas is the rapporteur for opinion on ACTA in the LIBE (Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs) committee of the European Parliament. Below is an abstract of his draft report that demonstrates an insight and a democratic commitment that should act as an example for his colleagues and for policy makers everywhere. In particular, […]

How to delineate the non-market sharing of digital works between individuals?

The last part of this post has been modified in September 2015 to reflect the outcome of debates on the risk of undue interference by providers of means to sharing with the activities of sharing for their commercial benefit. In the years to come, the delineation of a non-market sphere of sharing between individuals of […]

Citizens stand for the right to share

This text below is the English version of an opinion editorial published today in the Dutch nrc.next daily newspaper. In the last days, two events have brought Internet-related policy issues to the front pages : the FBI crackdown on Megaupload and the signature of the ACTA treaty1 and the resulting streets demonstration in countries such as […]

Sharing is not a market failure

For the second consecutive year, European commissioner Nellie Kroes delivered a speech in the Forum d’Avignon (the international meeting of culture, economy and the media) that breaks with the dominant copyright fundamentalism in this forum. Nelllie Kroes’ speech stresses even more clearly than last year some essential points : the failure of enforcing exclusive rights on […]

Help the European Parliament to reject ACTA

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