Madrid, 28 October 2014 – Access Info Europe, the specialist right to information campaigners, today joined 32 civil society organisations calling on the European Commission to clarify the framework for copyright within the European Union.
The position paper by Free Knowledge Advocacy Group EU calls on the European Commission to bring copyright law into the 21st century, redefining the balance between public commons and private property, and shortening copyright terms to the minimum term possible under existing international treaties and conventions.
Access Info Europe has a particular concern to ensure that all information created by EU bodies should be open and free for anyone to reuse. This includes information on websites and information received in response to access to documents requests. Currently the EU asserts copyright over documents it creates, although it does have a broad policy permitting reuse.