Music has been a live experience until a first technical disruption – the phonograph. The phonograph and copyright enabled the music industry, which soon faced another technical disruption – the radio, then another one – the cassette, and finally another one – the Internet. Businesses exploit technical disruptions – good for them. Is it always good for music? Governments respond to technical disruptions by building legal frameworks. Aren’t they putting the cart before the horses?
We share the view that the Article 27 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights is a valid legal basis for arts, science and culture –
- Everyone has the right freely to participate in the cultural life of the community, to enjoy the arts and to share in scientific advancement and its benefits.
- Everyone has the right to the protection of the moral and material interests resulting from any scientific, literary or artistic production of which he is the author.
An innovative approach to the future of copyright
We can face the challenges of Article 27 in the digital era through a research effort which is –
- bottom-up, a feasible technical platform enables a sustainable business model which allows an enforceable legal framework
- distinctive, distinguishing between technology, business and law; as well as between disrupted royalty collection, counterfeiting and plagiarism
- clean slate, allowing a new start, not complicating further an obsolete system, hence thinking out of the boxes of stakeholders’ particular interests
- predictive, not only reacting to the latest technical disruption, but anticipating and probably triggering the next one
- balanced, respecting all the actors of the value chains implied by Article 27
- focused, enabling Article 27 in the digital era – nothing else.
We share here the outline of an innovative approach to the future of copyright, and can assemble the necessary research team at three levels: technology, business and policy/law.
Approach (Europe, PDF, 448 KB)
Approach (USA, PDF, 490 KB)
Exchanges with the European Commission and Parliament (PDF, 605 KB)
On 5 December 2012, the European Commission agreed on a way forward for modernising copyright in the digital economy.
MEMO/12/950 (PDF, 48 KB)
On 9 December 2015, the European Commission took first steps to broaden access to online content and outlined its vision to modernise EU copyright rules.
MEMO/15/6262 (PDF, 102 KB)
- Lutz Becker, Fresenius University of Applied Sciences
- Carsten Maple, University of Bedfordshire
- Helga Trüpel, Member of the European Parliament