[Fsfe-ie] DRM: European Commission not interested in Civil Society's position

Teresa Hackett teresahackett at eircom.net
Wed Oct 13 16:57:02 CEST 2004

DRM: Commission not interested in Civil Society's position
12 October, 2004

Civil Society representatives, user and consumer advocates were left
almost speechless yesterday, October 11, at a hearing organised by the
European Commission on Digital Rights Management. Due to the invitation
policy of the Commission's DG Internal Market, the event, organized to
help the Committee established under Article 12 of the EU Copyright
Directive evaluate the way Article 6 of that same Directive is being
transposed, was entirely dominated by the Digital Rights Management
Iindustry and by representatives of collecting societies.

Speakers were required to speak only on a few specific points, which, in
the programme already, touched very little of DRM technology's
problematical implications. The only slot were these problems could be
discussed - "Developments in case law as well as relevant economic,
social or cultural or technological developments" - was put on the
agenda as the very last item.

Due to the bad enforcement of the speaking time limitations the
Commission itself had imposed, this agenda item, were almost all of the
Civil Society activists present had enlisted themselves, was not
discussed any more. During the afternoon, speakers of industry firms and
collecting societies had been allowed to speak for up to 15 minutes,
with a few speakers speaking up to an hour in total.

Andreas Dietl, EDRI EU Affairs Director, comments:

    "The Commission seems to have decided to promote this Orwellian
technology not only against the declared will of a vast majority of
online users, but also without listening to them. If the Commission
won't listen to us at the events foreseen for that purpose, we will have
to figure out ways to make ourselves heard otherwise."

Response to the EU Consultation on Digital Rights Management, by Ross
Anderson, Chairman of EDRI member FIPR

"Putting users at the centre - achieveíng an 'information society for
all'" Response to the consultation by privatkopie.net and EDRI member
Bits of Freedom http://www.privatkopie.net/files/privatkopie-bof_on-DRM.pdf

Programme of the Consultation

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