Today TPP chapter regarding to Intellectual Property Rights was leaked by
Wikileaks  and seems to be very dangerous. As Chilean NGO Derechos
Digitales has pointed  some clauses as the named "Appropiate Balance in
Copyright and Related Rights Systems", that can force to the signatory
countries to make changes into their own Right Laws to have more
*Presidente - Wikimedia México A.C.User:ProtoplasmaKid @protoplasmakid*
Hemos creado la más grande colección de conocimiento compartido. Ayuda a
proteger a Wikipedia, dona ahora:
The European Commission is running a consultation on intermediary
liability, in France and Belgium FoP is becoming a national topic and this
year’s Big FAT Brussels Meeting will take place on the 20-21 November.
This and past reports: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/EU_policy/Monitor
Platforms Consultation: The European Commission has launched its “Public
consultation on the regulatory environment for platforms, online
intermediaries, data and cloud computing and the collaborative economy”.
 We shall simply call it the “platforms consultation”. It deals with
intermediary liability (copyright and use of data) as well as platforms’
market position as they potentially control the access points. The
consultation will run for at least 12 weeks after it has been published in
all official EU languages, which has not happened yet.
We will draft answers on Meta-Wiki.  Please participate!
State of the Union (yet another): Nothing in-depth, of course, but
Jean-Claude Juncker did manage to bring in the terms “copyright reform” and
“Digital Single Market” in a speech otherwise dedicated to do-or-die
European issues like refugees, Great Britain (not) leaving the EU and
Greece (not) leaving the Eurozone. This does peg it pretty high up on the
EU-US Umbrella Agreement on Data Protection: An agreement that sets out
rules for future data protection agreements has been reached.  This
agreement isn’t legislation on its own, but its principles will be included
in future laws and treaties. Once the U.S. Congress passes such a bill, it
will give individual Europeans a right to sue federal agencies that misuse
GDPR: Remember the General Data Protection Regulation? A major dossier that
was supposed to be passed last legislative term in order to updates
Europe’s data protection rules that were conceived in the late 90s before
everyone started collecting data on everything online. Terms like “right to
be forgotten” and “data sovereignty” were part of the negotiations. Things
are still in a state of constant limbo, but there has been a trialogue
(talks between the Commission, Council and Parliament) and a political
agreement seems possible by… let’s guess... January. One major issue still
to solve is whether consent for data collection should explicit or
FOP - Parliamentary Questions: Our #saveFoP campaign was successful, but
the results for the Reda Report were anticlimactic. No Freedom of Panorama
was included in the final version.  Good news is that the topic remained
hot with a number of MEPs asking parliamentary questions (a tool they have
to poke the Commission on certain topics). Even better, it wasn’t only one
group or country filing them: Victor Negrescu (S&D, RO) , Marc Tarabella
(S&D, BE) , Frédérique Ries (ALDE, BE)  and Mike Hookem (EFDD, UK)
FOP - French amendment proposal: Wikimédia France has filed a Freedom of
Panorama amendment proposal to the French “digital republic” draft law.
 Any kind of (social) media promotion is welcome, especially by people
FOP - Belgium on the move: The Belgian parties of the ALDE Group in the
European Parliament who have supported our #saveFoP campaign have now taken
it a step further. As they are both part in the current coalition
government, they have proposed national Freedom of Panorama exception. 
A Wikimedia Belgium working group will attempt to assist the process.
EU Policy Meet-up: Yes, we will meet this year! The dates are 20 and 21
November and will will try to convert our 5 global goals into European
priorities and an agenda. 
Recommended reading: Stevie Benton from Wikimedia UK, an indispensable part
of our #saveFoP campaign, wrote a learning pattern on campaigning on
political issues. [Stevie] Highly recommended!
Wikimedia Argentina would like to express their concern at the draft law
presented by deputy Liliana Mazure. The mentioned draft law proposes the
extension of copyrights on photographs from the current 20 years from the
date of publication, to 70 years from the death of its author.
We want to make a big campaign in central notice for countries of the
Iberocoop region to let their communities knows how can affect the law our
way of being present in Wikipedia.
Somebody can help me?
Encargada de Comunicación
*A. C. Wikimedia Argentina*
FYI in case you did not see this email on WM-l.
Curious what folks on this list think.
Also, is Tom on this list?
> Begin forwarded message:
> From: Everton Zanella Alvarenga <tom(a)ok.org.br>
> Date: October 1, 2015 at 7:27:55 AM EDT
> To: Wikimedia Mailing List <wikimedia-l(a)lists.wikimedia.org>
> Cc: Júlia Baderna <jules(a)subvertising.org>, Helder Geovane Gomes de Lima <helder.wiki(a)gmail.com>, Contato PL Espião <contato(a)plespiao.org.br>
> Subject: [Wikimedia-l] Support needed: Our Congress is trying to butcher the Brazilian Civil Rights Framework for the Internet
> Hello Wikimedia friends,
> the Brazilian Civil Rights Framework for the Internet
> is being threatened by our Congress. You can see details and supporting
> organizations and collectives here in this letter
> I'd like to ask support from other Wikimedia communities (chapters, local
> groups, Wikipedia groups by language etc.) and Wikimedia Foundation. I've
> proposed a blackout at the Portuguese Wikipedia
> and it seems to be supported by the majority of collaborators.
> That said, somethings I'd like to kindly ask:
> 1. a person from Wikimedia Foundation to support us technically with the
> 2. other groups support us doing the same on their Wikipedias, as it was
> done by several Wikipedias when freedom of speech was threatened in the USA
> 3. provide us the source code of the blackout done at the English
> Wikipedia for we adapt it to Portuguese.
> Other advices and support I didn't list here are welcome. Thanks,
> Everton Zanella Alvarenga
> Open Knowledge Brasil
> Watch out! The Brazilian Congress is trying to butcher the Brazilian Civil
> Rights Framework for the Internet!
> (Original version here
> Civil society organizations part of the coalition pro Marco Civil
> ('Articulação Marco Civil Já!') repudiate parliamentary initiatives that
> threaten Internet users privacy and freedom of expression.
> Currently there are three different Bills under way in the House of
> Representatives that threaten one of the most important democratic gains of
> the last period - the approval of the Brazilian Civil Rights Framework for
> the Internet
> ('Marco Civil da Internet'), Law 12.965/2014. Marco Civil ensures
> fundamental rights to Internet users, such as privacy and freedom of
> expression and is in line with internationally accepted orientations and
> principles for Internet governance.
> Motivated by parliamentarians self-interest to restrain criticism from
> citizens and social movements backed by the right to freedom of expression
> in Internet, and supported by private and economic interests, these Bills
> were introduced in the House aimed to change Marco Civil.
> PL 215/2015 - a bill presented by Brazilian representative Hildo Rocha
> (PMDB), and its attachments - PL 1547/2015 authored by Expedito Netto, and
> PL 1589/2015 by Soraya Santos - seeks to include harsher punishments into
> articles 48 and 141 of Brazil's Criminal Code to inhibit social network
> users crimes. Furthermore, the bill changes provisions of MCI, modifying
> articles 10, 13, 15, 19 and adding article 21-A. These changes grant public
> authorities access to data from Internet users with no need of a court
> order, and mandatory removal of published online content after a simple
> allegation of crime against honor, which also impose individual and
> economic restriction penalties to internet providers deeply compromising
> the principles of non-accountability on the internet. User's data that
> authorities will be able to obtain without a warrant include all online
> communication - content from e-mails, online chat and conversations through
> messenger apps such as Skype and Whatsapp.
> In the seventh and last version of the substutive, the proposal also
> provides the extension of registrations data to be collected by Internet
> Providers, imposing the obligation to retain data such as full address,
> phone and social security number, wich can be passed on, without judicial
> order, to authorities that have the legal authority to make such a request.
> The Bill 215/2015 puts at risk the necessary balance between protecting the
> right to privacy and the criminal prosecution as well as democracy itself
> by allowing such abuses.
> Such proposals have already been rejected in the course of MCI.
> Incidentally, it is worth noting that the devices now present in the MCI
> were the result of a broad social debate and an intense political
> negotiation, which makes this one of the most democratic laws already voted
> in the recent history of Brazil’s National Congress.
> We believe that any change in MCI should be preceded by a qualified
> discussion, supported by technical considerations, political and social. It
> is needed, mostly, intense democratic participation equivalent to the
> process from which it originated, with a public consultation process, so
> that society interests can be represented regarding personal data
> protection and freedom of expression on the internet.
> We know that a very significant wing of the PMDB frontally opposed to the
> approval of MCI, representing conservatory and powerful economic interests
> agents. However, such interest can not override the safeguards established
> by the democratic legislative process and the public interest as so overly
> advocated in MCI's debate.
> The initiative of the mentioned representatives undermines the Rule of Law
> principles, in that it reveals itself as retaliation for established
> rights, even before the MCI being regulated, with the clear objective to
> reverse the victory that Brazilian society had in Congress.
> Therefore, entities gathered in coalition pro Internet Rights Law repudiate
> the artful maneuver and anti-democratic action carried forward by the PMDB,
> which stimulates the arbitrary vigilantism and unreasonable censorship,
> impairing the Rule of Law. We require that the representatives wait for the
> democratic process already established by the Executive and the bill of
> Personal Data Protection which will address the same issue, however, with
> broad participation.
> - Sign the petition at: avaaz.org/plespiao
> - See more: plespiao.org.br
> Organizations that support this letter
> - Actantes
> - Advogados Ativistas
> - Artigo 19
> - ASL Associação Softwarelivre.org
> - Associação dos Blogueiros e Ativistas do Paraná - ParanáBlogs
> - Baixa Cultura (baixacultura.org)
> - Centro de Estudos de Mídia Alternativa Barão de Itararé
> - Centro de Estudos de Mídia Alternativa Baronesa de Itararé (Núcleo do
> Barão de Itararé no Paraná)
> - Cibercult UFRJ
> - Ciranda Internacional da Comunicação Compartilhada
> - Coletivo Digital
> - Coletivo Locomotiva Cultural
> - Coletivo Pedra no Sapato
> - Coletivo Soylocoporti
> - Coding Rights
> - FLISOL Brasil - Festival Latino-americano de Instalação de Software
> - Fora do Eixo
> - Fórum Nacional pela Democratização da Comunicação (FNDC)
> - FotoLivre.org
> - Fundação Blogoosfero
> - Instituto Bem Estar Brasil
> - Instituto Beta Para Internet e Democracia (IBIDEM)
> - Instituto Brasileiro de Defesa do Consumidor (IDEC)
> - Instituto Brasileiro de Políticas Digitais - Mutirão
> - Intervozes – Coletivo Brasil de Comunicação Social
> - Labhacker
> - Laboratório de estudos sobre Internet e Cultura (LABIC/UFES)
> - Mídia Ninja
> - Movimento Mega
> - Open Knowledge Brasil
> - PROTESTE - Associação de Consumidores
> - Redelivre
> - Tie-Brasil
> - Transparência Hacker
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We are now ready with a (really packed) schedule:
We'll be starting at Friday around noon, so people can travel Friday
morning or Thursday evening, thus missing only one day of work. We'll be
finishing not too late on Saturday, so people can travel that same evening
if they wish and thus miss only one day of weekend.