[Wikimedia-l] European Commission Copyright Consultation

Michael Maggs Michael at maggs.name
Mon Jan 27 10:09:55 UTC 2014

It’s not clear to me what will be done with the answers proposed so far at 


Will  they be submitted as they are, or is someone proposing to merge them into a single version (even though many answers have been signed)?

Also unclear unless I have missed something is who will the answers be submitted by, and on whose behalf?  Only individuals - and not the Foundation nor chapters - have formally posted answers so far, so is the intention that the answers will be submitted by and on behalf of those individuals only?  

The page says that the response "can be submitted by the Wikimedia Foundation and other interested groups”, so perhaps the answers are merely intended as a resource others can use if they wish?

If the intention is that a formal response will be submitted on behalf of the unincorporated group Free Knowledge Advocacy Group EU, then it would be sensible for that group to register with the EU Transparency Register, here:


According to the EU, responses to the consultation from non-registered entities will "be published separately from the registered organisations”, which may mean less influence. See:


(I note that the Foundation is not registered!)

By the way, WMUK will be completing and filing its own separate response.


> From: Dimitar Parvanov Dimitrov <dimitar.parvanov.dimitrov at gmail.com>
> Date: 21 January 2014 14:51
> Subject: [Wikimedia-l] European Commission Copyright Consultation
> To: Wikimedia Mailing List <wikimedia-l at lists.wikimedia.org>
> Hi everyone,
> Just a quick reminder that we have 6 more days to collaboratively draft
> answers to the European Commission's copyright consultation.
> The idea is to give the global, online community a chance to come up with
> answers that, if coherent enough, can then be officially given to the
> Commission.
> We see this as a social experiment, since no one until now has ever
> attempted to answer collaboratively and publicly such short-termed and
> in-depth consultations.
> The corresponding link is:
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/European_Commission_copyright_consultation
> Have fun answering!
> Dimi
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