as of next week we will be communicating more intensely our mobilisation around copyright (see the update that Dimi just shared for details). We decided to use the #fixcopyright as the main hashtag. If you use it too, in any language, we can then amplify, share and coordinate better.
We also know that the European Digital Rights will use #uploadfilter and #1ofthemillion with the latter to underline that these are people and not bots that are taking interest in the messages around a better copyright reform. These could be good ## to follow if you want to see what is happening EU-wide but also in your language during the copyright action week that starts on Monday. This is the initiative of #saveyourinternet that we do not directly link to (as mentioned in the report we will have our own landing page) but they may have a lot of interesting messages and stuff to watch.
Have a good weekend,
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Ahead of the next important copyright vote on 12 September everyone is
waiting to see what new compromises and amendments will be on the slate.
This and past reports: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/EU_policy/Monitor
COPYRIGHT VOTE ON 12 SEPTEMBER
Procedure: It is only the second time rule 63(c)3 has been invoked , so
no one seems absolutely certain how things will go down. What we know is
that the baseline text will be the initial legislative proposal by the
Commission.  Then there will be a block vote to update it to the JURI
version , except for contested articles. On contested articles there
will be split votes, meaning that they will be voted on individually with
several competing amendments to choose from. We are expecting split votes
on articles 11, 13 if there is no compromise, as well as on some exceptions.
Compromises: The rapporteur Mr. Voss was meeting with the shadow
rapporteurs this week. On Article 13 (filtering and remuneration on UGC
platforms) a compromise doesn’t seem impossible, but all of digital
Brussels is still waiting to see a suggestion by the rapporteur, which is
expected late on Friday. On Article 11 (ancillary copyright for press
publishers) a compromise is not too likely. At the same the two political
groups that were almost perfectly split during the last vote, ALDE and S&D,
are trying to hammer out internal compromises to appear more united. If
there is no acceptable proposal by Mr. Voss on Article 13, an potential
alternative compromise supported by most of S&D and/or ALDE would be the
Other Amendments: Freedom of Panorama and a User Generated Content
Exception will be again voted on. This is the last chance to include these
in the reform. Amendments to improve to the text and data mining exception
are also expected.
Postponement: There are consistent rumours that the Commission is
suggesting to postpone the vote by another month to beginning of October.
We won’t know for sure until the middle of next week, but we believe it is
way more likely the vote will happen as planned on 12 September, so we are
preparing for it.
EVENTS & ACTIONS WE ARE WORKING ON
Parliamentary Breakfast with Jimmy Wales: On Thursday, 6 September, Jimmy
Wales will speak at a parliamentary breakfast inside the European
Parliament. The target audience for such events are MEPs and staff. The
breakfast will be hosted by four MEPs from different political groups and
Member States to avoid political colouring. The topic will be the EU
copyright reform and its potential effect on free knowledge projects like
Event & edit-a-thon in Strasbourg: We have booked a room inside the
European Parliament’s Strasbourg building on 11 September in the afternoon.
This is less than twelve hours ahead of the scheduled vote. Our main idea
is to use it as a last opportunity to demonstrate to undecided MEPs the
concrete consequences the different amendments would have on our projects.
Like this we hope they will be voting on concrete examples instead of on
abstract ideas. Example: “Should this image be included in this Wikipedia
article?” During the day we would like to organise an EP-related
edit-a-thon where MEPs and staff can participate and learn about the
editing process. For both we need volunteers on location and we can help
with travel. If you are interested in coming to Strasbourg, please get in
touch with us at eupolicy(a)wikimedia.be
Postcards to MEPs: Wikimedia Italia will send handwritten postcards to
Italian MEPs with blacked out monuments from their region. This will be
coupled with a call to support Freedom of Panorama. If you would like to do
something similar and need any kind of support, please get in touch. Same
WMF landing page and contact tool: Among other things, the WMF is working
on a landing page to provide information about the reform and our vision,
as well as on a contact tool. They are also investing a lot of effort in
getting the communications side of things, including social and traditional
media, right. More information about this was shared on-list earlier this
Media outreach: Several EU chapters are preparing to send out press
releases or trying to get opinions places in newspapers in their country.
If you would like to try working with media but need help, please get in
PSI Directive: There is life beyond copyright and it looks like the Public
Sector Information Directive, a piece of legislation that aims at opening
up public data and documents for re-use.  The rapporteur in the opinion
giving Internal Market committee, Julia Reda, has published her opinion 
as well as all amendment proposals by fellow committee members.  Next,
the rapporteur in the lead Industry, Research and Trade committee, Neoklis
Sylikiotis, is expected to do the same. We are, together with the OKFN and
Communia, providing expertise and amendment ideas. Deadline for amendments
is 11 October, the committee vote is scheduled for early December.
.eu domain names: The piece of legislation regarding the dotEU domain names
will be updated. Interesting aspects to look out for include the rules on
revoking domains and new rules about accessing whois data. 
Disinformation: There is a “Multistakeholder Forum on Disinformation” in
Brussels that is currently working on drafting a Code of Practices for
social media and advertisers with the goal to curtail disinformation,
especially with regard to the next European Parliament elections. It is
expected to deliver an agreement with concrete measures on 26 September.
The Commission may or may not follow up with a proper legislative proposal.
Officially that depends on whether they are satisfied by the final version
of the code.
*Hello everyone,This week, we re-published a blog post in English that
is a translation/adaptation of a post on the WMDE blog on the technical
pitfalls of automatic content filtering. As we have mentioned before, a
regulatory mandate like Article 13 of the proposed EU Copyright Directive
which would require similar filters to be applied to nearly all content
uploaded online would only exacerbate the types of problems that our guest
author experienced here.We would also like to take this opportunity to
update you on our efforts to promote a positive vision of copyright law in
Europe in the weeks leading up to the EU Parliament’s September 12 vote on
amendments to the Copyright Directive. We have been working closely with
community leaders from across Europe to learn what materials the
communities need from us and how we can unify our message across Europe.As
a result of these discussions, we have decided to focus many of our efforts
on building a landing page about EU Copyright reform. This landing page
will allow visitors to look up and contact their MEP via email, phone, or
tweet with a pre-populated script. It will also serve as a central
repository for information about the Wikimedia movement’s perspective on EU
Copyright. This landing page is where all of our future blog posts on this
topic, social media campaigns, and ideally the chapter activities should
send traffic. We will send you an update as soon as that page goes live
with the URL.Other materials we are working on include: a statement from
the Wikimedia Foundation on a positive vision for copyright; a series of
flyers which can be printed and shared in-person or online by the community
when you talk to others about EU Copyright; and some social media
suggestions if you can help us raise awareness ahead of the vote.We look
forward to sharing an update about further ways to get involved in our
policy activities soon! Meanwhile, if you have any questions please direct
them at policy(a)wikimedia.org <policy(a)wikimedia.org> or directly at
jgerlach(a)wikimedia.org <jgerlach(a)wikimedia.org> and
DavenportTechnology Law and Policy Fellow, Wikimedia
Is there a place where documentation we have around public policy work is
kept? I was looking in the Wikimedia Resource Center and it appears there
isn't currently a space thats appropriate, is it kept somewhere else?
The things that would be most useful for me are case studies of the
projects that have happened and understanding which international
agreements support the work of this group? E.g the Universal Declaration of
- *Article 19. Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and
expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without
interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through
any media and regardless of frontiers.*
* - Article 26. (1) Everyone has the right to education. Education shall be
free, at least in the elementary and fundamental stages. Elementary
education shall be compulsory. Technical and professional education shall
be made generally available and higher education shall be equally
accessible to all on the basis of merit. - (2) Education shall be directed
to the full development of the human personality and to the strengthening
of respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms. It shall promote
understanding, tolerance and friendship among all nations, racial or
religious groups, and shall further the activities of the United Nations
for the maintenance of peace.*
If a space doesn't exist I'd be very happy to put some time in to help set
I would like to share to you the announcement from the Intellectual
Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL):
*The Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines is accepting comments
to the latest version of the draft bill of the IP Code (as of 10 August
*IPOPHL is accepting comments to the latest version of the draft bill of
the IP Code (as of 10 August 2018): http://bit.ly/2nR3IOL
*The bill may be accessed and downloaded here: bit.ly/IPCodeDraftBill
*The IP Code reflecting the draft amendments may also be viewed here:
*Please submit your comments through bit.ly/IPCodeCommentsSubmissionForm
<http://bit.ly/IPCodeCommentsSubmissionForm> until Friday, 25 August 2018.*
*For concerns concerning the documents and the submission deadline, kindly
email lagsecretariat(a)ipophil.gov.ph <lagsecretariat(a)ipophil.gov.ph>*
*Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines will be conducting its 2nd
Mandatory Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) seminar in September, in a bid
to keep the broader IP stakeholders of the current developments in
intellectual property, as well as the impact of legislation on Philippine
IP. The 2018 MCLE Program will be held for five days: September 6 ,7, 13,
14, and 21, 2018.*
The recognized Wikimedia affiliate representing the Philippines is the
Philippine Wikimedia Community User Group (Philwiki) Community.
It is headed by Irvin Parco Santo Tomas (irvinstotomas(a)yahoo.com)
Roman Bustria Jr.
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As many of you know, the Wikimedia Foundation, along with many of our
European communities, took action in June and July opposing a flawed
copyright proposal which would have threatened freedom of expression,
collaboration, and access to knowledge online. This proposal was rejected
by the European Parliament on July 5, which means that an earlier draft
text of the EU Copyright Directive is open once again for amendments, to be
voted on in a plenary session on September 12. The EU Parliament's
rejection of the JURI version is a great step, but our efforts to achieve a
balanced copyright law for Europe are not over.
Amendments will have to be proposed by Members of the European Parliament
by September 5, just one week before the September 12 plenary vote. Because
of this quick turnaround, it will be difficult to know for certain which
amendments will be tabled. Over the upcoming weeks, it will be important
for Wikimedia to promote a modern copyright framework and the Wikimedia
Foundation will be preparing for different scenarios, promoting our vision
of an open internet, and creating materials for the community to use should
they choose to engage in any further advocacy.
I will be sending updates regularly to you all about our policy efforts as
well as news about any other important developments. In the meantime,
please get in touch with me if you want to get involved or if there is
anything we can help you with.
We look forward to updating you soon on our next steps!