The parliament and the Council have just reached a final deal on copyright.
We are going to get hold of the text as soon as possible, share it with you
and then analyse the final compromises.
Based on this we will prepare our final position, arguments and action plan.
We plan on having calls and meetings with many people on this list in the
coming days/weeks. Creative & fresh ideas are welcome!
Final vote is expected end of March or in April .
Tonight, tomorrow and on Wednesday MEPs will meet with the Romanian
Presidency and European Commission for what is expected to be the final
round of trilogues.This means that by Thursday we should know whether we
have a final agreement.
Expectations are that this will be the case and that a final plenary vote
will take place end of March or in April. If the text remains as it is now,
which is to be expected, Wikimedia won't be able to support the reform. 
This also mean that we would speak out against it.
Nevertheless, for now we think we should get prepared and hold off from
immediate public actions this week until we know what the final version is
like. The reason for this is that the exact wording of the agreement will
be crucial to our argumentation. We also have to agree on the best timing
for actions ahead of the vote.
Currently we are preparing an outline of actions that we could take as a
community. There are plenty of ways we can make our voice heard and they
can be suited to the time and hands on deck available. Our feeling is that
we shouldn't just repeat what we did last time but these things are, of
course, country specific. Soon we will invite the groups we have already
worked with to calls to discuss possible actions. If you want to get in
touch on your side, please do!
Anna & Dimi
the conclusion to the copyright directive is approaching. The outcome
seems to be horrible, as described for example here:
or here: https://juliareda.eu/2019/02/article-13-worse/
Implementation of article 11 (link tax) and article 13 (content
filtering) will have a severely negative impact on the digital
environment. We don't know how much the link tax will affect the
references in Wikipedia and Wikidata yet. As such, we cannot predict how
much poorer the new liability regime will make our digital environment.
The numerous outcries of digital rights organizations regarding the loss
of freedom of speech and expression should be our concern, too.
The final plenary vote will most probably take place in March or April,
some weeks before the elections of the next European Parliament. It
will be the last chance to stop this disaster, after that we shall be
left with damage control. Do your chapters have an action plan?
The Swedish National Heritage Board has had an internal policy promoting
the use of CC BY, CC0 and PDM since 2017 but today they communicated
internally in a very forceful way. Part of the message (my translation from
"Employees may not in their service use others copyrighted photographs that
cannot be marked with CC BY, CC0 or PDM.
Material that cannot be marked with PDM, CC0 or CC BY shall not be
digitized or published."
While it may not change their output much (they are already among the best
in Sweden) I suspect this will send strong signals in the Swedish GLAM
Is anyone in this group working on advocacy in the World Intellectual
Property Organization, specifically in SCCR ?
I will be happy to join you to prepare something for the next meeting in