WIPO's Broadcasting Treaty will end the public domain, fair use, and Creative Commons

Five years after the EFF killed the UN's World Intellectual Property Organization's Broadcasting Treaty, it's back. If this goes through, broadcasters would have property rights over transmission AND copyright, so if you record something from TV, the Internet, cable or satellite, you'd have to get permission from the creator and the broadcaster to re-use it.

Freehold property rights on broadcasting

The broadcast right would never expire, so even public domain videos can't be used without permission from the original creator. Fair dealing rights would differ from nation to nation, so even if you want to reuse video that's protected by fair use (such as parody, quotation, commentary or education), the broadcast right version of fair use might prohibit this. There's not only no need for it, this madness could shut down video sites like YouTube and Vimeo.

This is a power grab

It's human nature to want to put a fence around our territory, cock a shotgun and shout, "Git off mah lawn!" but the internet belongs to all of us, not just content providers. There's more detail on the EFF's page on the subject: https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2012/08/negotiations-2014-wipo-broadcasting-treaty-are-back

Are we going to let this stand?

We have successfully fought off a raft of bills, laws, and treaties that threaten our digital rights. The resolve of the IPR advocates to further erode them must not be underestimated. This is yet another battle in the war for net neutrality, and if we all work together, we will win. This is the contact page for the WIPO Copyright and Related Rights Committee.


Send them a message based on the text of the EFF page and remind them that we successfully opposed SOPA, PIPA, CISPA, and ACTA, and we will oppose this too. Be polite, but firm. This is OUR internet.

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