I wrote this blog post for WhatNextLaw. I'm publishing it here as well, for archiving purposes.
Law ain’t Code: Upload filtering technologies and the CDSM Directive
A new provision entered the scene of EU copyright regulation, deeply affecting the uploading, accessing, and enjoying of online content. Some considerations on the legal and technological impact of Article 17 of the Copyright in the Digital Single Market Directive.
When Lawrence Lessig published “Code and Other Laws of Cyberspace” in 1999, a new – often misunderstood – mantra was born: “Code is Law”. With his book (later updated to Code Version 2.0), Lessig helped us understand that cyberspace, despite its peculiar nature, was not beyond the reach of physical space regulation. Contrary to popular ideas at the time, which claimed that cyberspace should not – and could not – be regulated, Lessig argued that, in cyberspace, freedom would not come from the absence of the State and, if left to itself, cyberspace would be misused as a tool for control and restriction. As such, a new form of public legal ordering needed to be built for our fundamental values and rights to also be protected online. And it needed to be built within the maze of Codes.
Prof. José de Oliveira Ascensão was a Portuguese-Brazilian lawyer and academic who for many, many decades was the main academic reference in Portugal concerning Intellectual Law (to use his expression) and, specifically, copyright.
I knew he was also popular in Brazil, where he worked for many years, but I guess I have been underestimating how widely popular he became there. Which might help to explain such a difference in the copyright culture of both countries – but let's keep that discussion for another time.
This blog post is a bit late. In fact, I have some more things to post about, but unfortunately I haven't had the time to update the blog.
In the Summer, I published a blog post in Kluwer Copyright Blog. It's about the educational copyright exceptions in several countries, in light of the transposition process of Article 5 CDSM Directive. It is based on two articles by Priora/Jütte/Mezei and Lazarova.
Podem ver aqui um resumo / opinião de Jorge Félix Cardoso.
Campanha organizada em parceria com a ThumbMedia (link actualizado - o site encontra-se arquivado no Web Archive) #Artigo13 #SaveYourInternet
Pequena participação num vídeo de Olívia Ortiz, sobre o Artigo 13.
Um evento da Associação D3 - Defesa dos Direitos Digitais e a Wikimedia Portugal, com o apoio da Biblioteca Nacional de Portugal, Communia e Comunidade Ubuntu Portugal. Mais informação: - Site da D3 - Wikipédia - Site da Biblioteca Nacional de Portugal
Artigo escrito para o Público a 23 de Setembro de 2018. Publicação original aqui. Desde 2016 que a reforma europeia do direito de autor está a ser discutida na UE e é seguida com muito interesse pelos cidadãos. A consulta pública bateu recordes de participação…
Nova lei dos direitos de autor na internet. Uma questão de censura ou de justiça? O programa está disponível no site da Renascença.
A convite do Prof. José Legatheaux Martins, no âmbito disciplina “Aspectos Socio-Profissionais da Informática", do 4º ano da Licenciatura em Engenharia Informática da FCT/UNL. Slides disponíveis aqui.
Um workshop dedicado à reforma europeia do direito de autor, os seus desafios, perigos e oportunidades, em cooperação com a EDRi, COMMUNIA e Wikimedia. Mais informações aqui.
This text was retroactively added in 2021. I published it as it was 2017, because I prefer to keep things ~in chronological order. Memes made in the woods of the south of Sweden, for Copyfighters. I think these - at least most of them -…
I'm a Copyright X evangelist. Every year, around September, I try to bring people to this course. Copyright X is an online course by the Berkman Klein Center For Internet & Society, from the Harvard Law School. A twelve-week networked course that has been offered annually…