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The School of Rock(ing) EU Copyright – Workshop at CIJ

2017. 08. 28. | News

European Digital Rights (EDRi), Communia and Wikimedia are organising a series of workshops on the European copyright reform, its challenges, dangers and opportunities. The Hungarian edition of the School of Rock(ing) EU Copyright takes place in Budapest on 6-7 October 2017, and is organised in cooperation with Független Médiaközpont – Center for Independent Journalism. Registration extended till Thursday, 28 September 2017.

The European Union is currently reforming its copyright legislation. Such reforms are rare, their effects last for many years, and the consequences have a direct impact on the lives of all citizens. In cooperation with EDRiCommunia and Wikimedia, the Center for Independent Journalism organizes a workshop on the European copyright reform, its challenges, dangers and opportunities. The School of Rock(ing) EU Copyright will take place at the Center for Independent Journalism in Budapest on 6 and 7 October 2017.

How do you feel having all your memes, blogposts, private videos filtered by a European censorship machine? How do you feel when you cannot make copies of your own cultural content? How does copyright affect freedom of expression in our daily lives? And most importantly, what can we do together in order to change this situation where multinationals speak on behalf of authors and limit our fundamental rights? The Budapest workshop of the School of Rock(ing) EU Copyright is a part of an international series of events in Europe and will address these issues.

The School of Rock(ing) EU Copyright objectives are to engage participants and form a copyfighter Action-Team to push users’ rights on the EU policy-making agenda. Participants will identify the main copyright concerns of public interest, and how these issues can be brought to the core of public debate, how to involve citizens and politicians both at an European and local levels in these discussions. The main goals of the workshop will be to:

  • inform the participants on the current state of play of the EU copyright reform;
  • provide the tools that can be used to campaign on national level;
  • deepen the understanding of copyright activists of the EU legal and decision-making frameworks;
  • inform participants on how it is possible to influence decision-making in the EU;
  • build networks (and develop existing ones) of civil society activists to work together on common goals in order to have a stronger voice and avoid duplicate efforts.

The Center for Independent Journalism invites young professionals and activists from Hungary who are motivated and dedicated to advocate for better copyright reform to attend the October workshop. Previous experience and copyright knowledge are appreciated, but not a must.

Draft agenda

DAY 1 – Friday, 6 October 2017
11:00 – 11:30 Presentation of participants and introduction of the event
11:30 – 12:00 Main battlegrounds – Short presentations of each key topic in the current reform: upload filters (+UGC), ancillary copyright, freedom of panorama, education, text and data mining and geo-blocking
12:00 – 13:00 Division in sub-groups: How does copyright affects us?
13:00 – 13:30 Lunch break
13:30 – 14:00 Member states implementation process
14:00 – 16:00 EU process institutions discussions – roleplay game
16:00 – 16:30 Coffee break
16:30 – 17:30 Advocacy tool
17:30 – 18:00 Advocacy tools applied in EU/member states legislative procedure

Day 2 – Saturday, 7 October 2017
9:00 – 10:00 Mapping of stakeholders: EU and national
10:00 – 11:30 Campaign planning (national and EU wide)
11:30 – 12:00 Coffee break
12:00 – 13:00 Summary of group work
13:00 – 13:30 Wrap up, next steps

The workshop is available for up to 20 participants and the working language is English. No translation will be provided.

Venue: Független Médiaközpont (Center for Independent Journalism, CIJ)
1064 Budapest, Vörösmarty u. 47/a – Gimes Room (1st floor) at the Press House

Please fill in the online registration form in English till the extended deadline: Thursday, 28 September 2017. The organizer will inform the applicants about the acceptance of their registrations and provide them with further details of the workshop.

Participants residing in other cities than Budapest can apply for a reimbursement of their travel (public transportation) and accommodation costs (one night). Further details of the reimbursement terms are to be communicated after the registration deadline.

For further information please write to the organizer Center for Independent Journalism: ilona.moricz@cij.hu.