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Fight the (European) Broadcast flag - and learn something about mass communication on the way ...
23.06.2005 - 01:11 / filled under default
The short version: go read
(Tags: European Broadcast Flag, EFF, BroadcastFlag, Broadcast Flag)
And know for my longer take on that ;): If you know me for a bit longer, you might have learned that I am quite opinionated about some things. At the same time I feel quite unsure about 'the facts' of some of the topics I am passionated about.
The whole international copyright / free speech stuff is such a thing. Don't get me wrong, I am quite aware of the fact that I know more than the usual person about it.
Informing my clients about "do you know what your Nutzungsrechte (= the German type of usage licences for artistic work) are?" is one of my favorite questions. My personal stats: 90% don't have a clue what those licences are and why they need to pay them. The rest are people who want to receive those. And I tell both groups, that copyright and equivalents are a basis for negotiations. Not "I'm artist, you pay!".
Donna sez, "EFF Activism Coordinator Danny O'Brien shares inspiring stats from the 48-hour campaign to stop the Broadcast Flag:If you read it, please note on those figures "that are just the numbers EFF has".
In a connected world, every single person has some power. Perhaps not always, perhaps not every time, but many times and most of the time. Contribute a story to boingboing (100k subscribers to the feed, not to think of the normal visitors), or slashdot etc and you get the connection power of blogs, mailing lists and chats.
Don't be mistaken, that is not victory. There is still a long way to go. But every time, a politician gets this kind of results in such a fast time, they will start to take notice. Because obviously, there are people out there who have the power to connect voters. The next election is always ahead.
If we see lobbying as one way to 'inform' the other side, it was up to now only possible for the bigger companies to have a steady impact on all those different levels of influence. Through the net we can show "this is a game for more than just one party."
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I am Nicole Simon, 34 years old and located in Lübeck, Germany. This is my English blog with the Useful Sounds podcast which is now newly located at usefulsounds.com)
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