The good news, is that the new legislation includes a European wide exception that is mandatory for education. But the bad news is that this exception in its current form, only allows for the use of parts of the source (image using only a part of painting), only for the time that is needed for the learning of the student (which is ambiguous), only on online environments of 1 school (which would not allow for online school partnerships), and to make it mandatory for states to pay for the collective licenses. Also, there is an exception on the exception, which means that copyright rules can still be different from country to country, making the legislation unnecessarily complex. EuroClio is working with Communia and the Lifelong Learning Platform to change this legislation for the better, and with this you can help.
You can help us by:
- Signing the joint letter (Communia – Joint Letter – Educators ask for a better copyright) in which educators ask for a better copyright on behalf of your institution. You can do so by sending your official organisation logo before 11 January 2018 via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Sharing your experience of copyright by filling in this form. EuroClio and its partners will use these answers to inform Members of Parliament how copyright is affecting educators in practice, and what therefore needs to change.
Thank you very much for your help!