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The ten worst and five best amendments to the Reda Report on EU Copyright

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copyright_1024x448_small17 April 2015 – The European Parliament is preparing a resolution on the implementation of the Directive 2001/29/EC, the so- called “InfoSoc Directive”. The Directive intended to harmonise certain aspects of copyright, including the exceptions and limitations to the use of copyright protected works, but it has failed to do so. The existing legal framework is also maladapted to new technologies and the increase of cross-border cultural exchange. Rapporteur is the German MEP Julia Reda (The Greens / EFA). Reda’s report calls for, amongst other things, a more user-friendly approach to copyright, better remuneration and fair contracts for authors, a single European copyright title, the harmonisation of the protection term (death of the author(s) + 50years), and the mandatory implementation of the exceptions and limitations in the member states, as well as a broad exception for research and education, which should enable cross-border collaboration and encompass also non-formal education.

As expected, the reactions were hugely controversial. The big majority of MEPs doesn’t  want to challenge the status quo of EU copyright. All in all, the MEPs have tabled 556 amendments. COMMUNIA, the International Association on the Public Domain, has published the ten worst and five best amendments.

The position of film and cultural heritage institutions is best represented by the Dutch MEP Marietje Schaake (ALDE) and the Polish MEP Lidia Joanna Geringer de Oedenberg (S&D). Schaake proposes to expand “mandatory exceptions beneficial for public interest institutions, such as libraries, museums and archives, which play a central role in facilitating online access to cultural heritage, and access to information that allows them to make protected works in their collections, that are not in commercial circulation anymore, or otherwise actively managed by their rights holders, available for online access by the public” (AM 348). Geringer de Oedenberg asks for making “uniform and mandatory all the exceptions and limitations referred to in Directive 2001/29/EC, to allow equal access to cultural diversity across borders within the internal market and to improve legal certainty” (AM 341). The vote in the Plenary is scheduled for early May.

Read the full Reda Report (all EU languages)

Copyright evaluation report explained

Background information: The Reda Report has been prepared in the context of the Commission’s initiative to revise the EU copyright rules. A public consultation, which was carried out early 2013, received 11.000 responses. This is one of the highest participation rates ever. You can access the ACE response to the consultation here.

 

ABCinema Sprint at Flatpack Film Festival, Birmingham, 27-29 March 2015

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2014_07_Rife_team_jump_small19 March 2015 – ABCinema goes UK:  Co-organised by ABCinema partner Watershed (Bristol) as part of the Flatpack Festival in Birmingham, the 3-day sprint will explore innovative approaches to engage the next generation in film heritage and culture outside the formal education environment.
The event brings together experts from Europe’s film archives, cinema practitioners and young people aged 16 – 25 actively involved in film projects. The aim of ABCinema sprint is to inspire, surprise and challenge in a rapidly evolving digital environment. What kind of opportunities does it offer for user engagement and audience development? How can those who don’t engage with film heritage be reached? How can we re-imagine the way in which audiences are invited in and experience film? How can we explore, together with the young people, creative ways to engage their generation in heritage film and culture?  These are some of the questions which will be discussed in workshops and panels during the weekend.

ABCinema is co- funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.

Download the full ABCinema sprint programme
More information about the ABCinema project

 

 

 

Copyright reform – Julia Reda’s draft report on the Infosoc Directive

21 January 2015 – Julia Reda, rapporteur of the Legal Affairs Committee, presented yesterday in the European Parliament her draft report on the evalution of the Infosoc Directive 2001/29/EG. Reda, member of the German Pirate Party,  advocates for a harmonization of Copyright in the EU, an equal and mandatory implementation of  the exceptions and limitations in the Member States, and for a broad exception for research and education, which should also include non-formal education.
She is one of the few MEP who wants to make the EU lobbying transparent and has therefore published on her website the meeting requests of the lobbyists and interest groups. You can get involved in the discussion and share your comments on the draft report here.

Balkans’ Memory Conference Finale à Sarajevo, 19 Novembre 2014

Le projet Balkans’ Memory, sauvegarder et valoriser la mémoire audiovisuelle est mené par l’Ina, en association avec le Centre audiovisuel croate, le Centre des archives du film d’Albanie et la COPEAM. Son objectif est de poser les premiers jalons d’une politique ambitieuse de sauvegarde et de valorisation du patrimoine cinématographique et audiovisuel dans la région des Balkans.

La conference final rassemble les décideurs régionaux  et les principaux acteurs dans le domaine de la protection du patrimoine audiovisuel et cinématographique. 

Téléchargez le programme en pdf
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Cultural heritage actions in the EU: policies, programmes and activities

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EU_flag_widescreen15 August 2014 – In connection with the policy report »Towards an integrated approach to cultural heritage”, the Commission has published an overview of activities and funding programmes related to cultural heritage, including film heritage: Horizon2020, Europeana, Creative Europe and the Structural & Investment Funds, ERASMUS etc. It encourages cultural institutions to seize these opportunities and to work closely across Europe to ensure that cultural heritage contributes to more sustainable growth and social cohesion.

Europe as a political body needs to recognize the value of cultural heritage, beyond economical and financial legislations. It is a powerful instrument to build a shared identity and a sense of belonging amongst and between European citizens, as stated in the declaration “ A new narrative for Europe”.

Read the Mapping Report

Communication  – Towards an integrated approach to cultural heritage for Europe

Declaration – A new narrative for Europe

 

 

 

 

 

 

Europeana Strategy Plan 2020: We transform the world with culture

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20 July 2014 – Europeana published its strategic plan 2015-2020. One of the main goals for the upcoming years is to transform Europeana from portal to platform: Build a shared infrastructure, where people can reuse the material and interact with others.  The priorities  are to 1) improve metadata quality, 2) open up data, 3) create value for partners.

Visit http://strategy2020.europeana.eu/
Become a member of the Europeana Network

New ACE Executive Committee elected

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ACE_EC_2014_small204  July 2014 – The ACE General Assembly has elected on 2nd July a new Executive Committee.  The members for the term 2014-2016 are as follows:  Michal Bregant, Národní  filmový archiv/ National Film Archive (Prague), Thomas C. Christensen, Det Danske Filminstitut (Copenhagen), Sandra den Hamer, EYE Film Instituut Nederland (Amsterdam), Georg Eckes, Deutsches Filminstitut – DIF (Frankfurt), Anna Fiaccarini, Fondazione Cineteca di Bologna (Bologna), Mimi Gjorgoska-Ilievska, Kinoteka na Makedonija (Skopje), Mikko Kuutti, Kansalinnen audiovisuaalinen instituutti/National Audiovisual Institute (Helsinki), Tadeusz Kowalski, Filmoteka Narodowa (Warsaw), Nicola Mazzanti, Cinémathèque Royale de Belgique/Koninklijk Belgisch Filmarchief (Brussels).

The Executive Committee re-appointed Nicola Mazzanti President, Thomas C. Christensen Secretary General and Sandra den Hamer Treasuer of ACE.

 

ACE Workshop on Acquisition and Collection Policy in the Digital Era, Bologna, 3 July

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DIF-Filmarchiv-Wi-034_kleiner24 June 2014 – Since 2012, ACE has been organising the workshop series “Management strategies for film archives in the digital era”. Aim of these workshops is to react on the fundamental change caused by the complete digitization of the film industry and the entire cinema chain.

This year’s workshop will focus on how collection and acquisition policies are affected by the advent of digital distribution.

  • How are film heritage institutions dealing with the fact that in the digital age deposit of non-domestic works is shrinking?
  • How does the status of analog collections change when prints cannot be replaced anymore?

These are some of the questions that have become increasingly important for all archives and that the workshop will debate. 

Speakers: Jon Wengström (Swedish Film Institute), Helen Edmunds and Kieron Webb (British Film Institute), Nicola Mazzanti (Cinémathèque Royale de Belgique), Michal Bregant (Národní filmový archiv – Czech National Film Archive),  Peter Bagrov (Gosfilmofond), Sandra den Hamer (EYE Film Institute Netherlands), Thomas C. Christensen (Danish Film Institute)

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Venue: Cineteca di Bologna, Sala Cervi, Via Riva di Reno 72
Target Group: Management staff in Film Heritage Institutions

Attendance to the workshop is by registration only. For more information and to register please contact ace@deutsches-filminstitut.de

 

FORWARD – Framework for a EU-wide Audiovisual Orphan Works Registry

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Since November 2013, a consortium of 13 partners, among them 11 Film Heritage Institutions and commercial film libraries are working on FORWARD, a three-year EU funded project, which aims at creating an EU wide, semi-automated system to assess the rights status for all types of audiovisual works, including orphans. FORWARD has been initiated by ACE in the context of the Orphan Works Directive 2012/28/EU.  It is, in a way, the result of ACE’s advocacy work to facilitate rights clearing for films and, in particular, to find a solution for the hundreds of thousand of orphan works preserved in Europe’s film archives.  FORWARD also works towards the Commission’s policy for an integrated approach to Europe’s cultural heritage.

FORWARD is co-ordinated by the Cinémathèque Royale de Belgique and supported by the Community  Porgramme CIP ICT PSP « Europeana & Creativity ».

Work programme:

Analysis of national copyright legislations and system workflow

As a first step, the legal frameworks of the countries involved in the project have been analysed. This is a necessary step to define the workflow for assessing the rights status of a film and to get a clear indication whether it is in public domain or in-copyright, and in this case, whether it is orphan and how it can be used across Europe.  So far, FORWARD started to  define legal decision trees for those countries in the project that have already implemented the EU Orphan Works Directive: Finland and Germany. The Netherlands and Denmark will follow.  The analysis of the legal frameworks is coordinated  by EYE Film Institute, due to their legal expertise in the “Images for the FUTURE” project and the European Film Gateway.

Design of rights information infrastructure
The workflow design from a technical point of view is coordinated by CINECA. CINECA builds on the experience they have achieved as a technical partner in ARROW. ARROW is a similar tool to assist rights clearance, but for the publishing sector. Compared to ARROW, the system’s workflow in FORWARD is much more complex, because a film has more authors:  In most European countries these are the principal director, music composer, author of the screenplay and author of dialogues. This means that much more databases and sources need to be checked to find the relevant information.

How to find information about AV rights holders?
The 10 Film Heritage Institutions (FHI) presented in the consortium are the main and often unique sources of information, which is stored in filmographic databases, catalogues, on cencorship cards etc. However, to complete the information, 3rd party databases from producers, authors, and Collective Management Societies need to be searched as well. FORWARD partners are currently identifying relevant national 3rd party information sources such as  GEMMA for music rights. FORWARD will take into consideration the search criteria and sources which need to be queried in compliance with the national legislations on Orphan Works

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Project partner DFI (Danish Film Institute) is currently analyzing the databases of each partner archive. If information is missing that is critical for assessing the rights status, the archive will record the information manually, so that it can be harvested and processed by the FORWARD system.

Promotion and consensus building
Consensus building among all stakeholders is a key element for the progress and succes of the project. FHI, CMOs, producers etc need to agree upon the workflow. For this purpose national seminars will be organized in the partner’s countries. The first seminars will be held in October in Germany at the Deutsches Filminstitut, Finland and The Netherlands are following.

Partners: Cinémathèque Royale de Belgique/Koninklijk Belgisch Filmarchief, coordinator  (Brussels), Association des Cinémathèques Européennes (Brussels, Frankfurt), CNC – Archives françaises du film (Bois d´Arcy), Consorzio Interuniversitario – CINECA (Bologna), Danish Film Institute (Copenhagen), Deutsches Filminstitut – DIF (Frankfurt), EYE Film Institute Netherlands (Amsterdam),  Fondazione Cineteca di Bologna (Bologna), FOCAL International LTD (Middlesex),  Filmoteka Narodowa (Warsaw), KAVI – National Audiovisual Insitute (Helsinki), Instituto de la Cinematografia y Artes Audiovisuales – Filmoteca Española (Madrid), Národní filmový archiv – National Film Archive (Prague).

More information:
forward@cinematek.be
FORWARD project website
FORWARD fact sheet

 

Celebrate Cinema at EYE – Premiere of “Mit Faedreland, Min Kaerlighed”

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dfi_mitfaedreland440-20007/03/2014  On Sunday, 30 March, EYE Film Institute Netherlands  will organize a special day dedicated to international film preservation projects.  The first session will focus on The European Film Gateway 1914 project, which has digitised and made available 660 hrs of film from and about the First World War.  Highlight of the session is the premiere of  the previously lost Danish film, “Mit Faedreland, Min Kaerland” (DK 1914), that miraculously arrived at EYE in 2013 and was restored in collaboration with the Danish Film Institute. The film will be presented by EYE’s curator of Silent Film, Elif Rongen-Kaynakci, and Thomas Christensen, curator of the Danish Film Institute.

More information at www.eyefilm.nl