Category Archives: Europe

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 […]

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 democratic sovereignty of European citizens and the reopening of political options

Next Sunday, an election of critical importance for the future of Europe will be held. No, dear French readers, this is not our “élections législatives”, it is the parliamentary election in Greece. This post aims at highlighting how offensive to democracy is the present pressure exerted on Greek voters in order to dissuade them to […]

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.

The Cultural Commons and Social Justice: Foundations for a New European Humanism

This text is a contribution to the Green Paper produced by the Toolquiz project funded by the Interreg-C European programme of inter-regional co-operation. Toolquiz aims at creating the conditions for an inclusive creative economy. The European construction is at a crossroads. Faced with a major global crisis that challenges its very existence, it must redefine […]

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, […]

Can digital orphans educate their political parents?

In June 2010, I participated in a conference on the future of universities in cyberspace. One session was devoted to “digital natives”. This concept had long infuriated me, but it’s only while listening to the talks that I understood why. It was not just because of it being yet another fashionable buzzword. There was something […]

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 […]

No real study yet

The DG for Internal Policies of the European Parliament has just released a study titled The “Content Flat-Rate”: A Solution to Illegal File-Sharing. This post aims at an answering the following questions: who has ordered the study? Who has conducted it? What is it about? What can we learn from it? The first two questions […]