[ANSOL-geral] Fwd: [Until 21 August] Your comment about legislative changes for code sharing platforms

Paula Simoes paulasimoes gmail.com
Quarta-Feira, 16 de Agosto de 2017 - 21:14:31 WEST


A Free Software Foundation Europe está a pedir feedback sobre o impacto da
proposta sobre Direito de Autor da Comissão Europeia no que se refere à
partilha de código fonte em plataformas como o GitLab, GitHub e outras.
Para isso, o email abaixo coloca um conjunto de questões sobre a utilização
que os developers de Software Livre fazem destas plataformas. As respostas
podem ser enviadas, preferencialmente, para lista da FSFe ou para os
contactos no fim do email abaixo.


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From: Matthias Kirschner <mk  fsfe.org>
Date: Wed, Aug 16, 2017 at 7:58 AM
Subject: [Until 21 August] Your comment about legislative changes for code
sharing platforms
To: eu-foss-policy  lists.fsfe.org

Dear list members,

OFE and the FSFE are contacting you today because the EU is currently
updating its copyright law and the proposed changes can have strong
negative implications for collaborative software development. As you
might be affected from those changes, we would highly appreciate your
comments, which might be helpful for the research paper we are currently
working on.

# What is this about?

The European Union works on regulation which will be very hard for
online code sharing platforms to comply with, and will increase the risk
for users to loose their code hosted on those platforms. The proposed
Article 13 of the Copyright Directive and its recital 38 are directly
relevant for the software development platforms. Several committees of
the European Parliament have already proposed amendments, and some of
them go even further than the Proposal of the Commission.

These legislative proposals can extensively hinder collaborative
software development, and especially Free and Open Source Software. New
rules proposed by the EU will create legal uncertainty for developers
using online tools when contributing to the Free and Open Source
projects through online code sharing platforms. The newly proposed
obligations on code sharing platforms will threaten their existence, and
effective online co-development by:

* Imposing on code sharing platforms the use of costly filtering
 technologies to prevent any possible copyright infringement;

* Imposing illegal monitoring obligation to track their every user.

As a result, every user, of a code sharing platform: an individual,
company, or a public body is treated as a potential copyright infringer
whose content, including the whole code repositories, can be taken down
and disabled at any time.

The vote in the parliamentary lead committee is scheduled for October.
More details on the proposed changes of the EU law are to be found at
the end of this e-mail.

# What OFE and the FSFE are doing

We are drafting a research paper, accompanied by an online engagement
tool to be launched in early September, to inform policy-makers of the
dangerous consequences of the proposed EU copyright rules for
collaborative software development.
For that we are gathering figures and comments about FOSS development
and how collaborative software development platforms are used (i.e.
GitLab, GitHub, GNU Savannah, etc., or even self run services with a
large user base). That is where you come in.

# How you can help

We hope you can give us your input on the importance of code sharing
platforms, deriving from your experience with them. Your feedback is
extremely important, in order to bring your voices to the policy makers
and highlight the barriers they might impose on Free Software

For your comment the following questions might help you:
* Were you aware of the proposed changes of the Copyright Directive
 (Article 13 and its related recital 38)?
* Which web-based version control repositories, either provided by a
 third party or hosted by yourself, do you use?
* For which kind of activities do you use any of the web-based version
 control repositories?
* To what extent do you use any of the web-based version control
 repositories for your own code and software project management?
* do you have any other feedback/comments on the directive?

Please give send your feedback before **21 August** -- either here to
the list (preferred) or to Diana Cocoru <diana  openforumeurope.org>,
Polina Malaja <polina  fsfe.org>, and Matthias Kirschner <mk  fsfe.org> --
so that your input can be included in the research paper.
Feel also free to forward this information to other Free and Open Source
Software organisations or individuals if you think they might like to
provide a comment.

Looking forward to hearing from you.

Thank you in advance!

Best Regards,

# Reference with detailed background information

* Commission's proposal <http://eur-lex.europa.eu/lega
* IMCO Opinion <http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?type=COMPARL&
* ITRE Opinion (amendments 25, 49 and 52) <http://www.europarl.europa.eu
* JURI draft Opinion  * <http://www.europarl.europa.eu
 * <http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?pubRef=-//EP/
 * <http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?pubRef=-//EP/
 * <http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?pubRef=-//EP/
 * <http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?pubRef=-//EP/
 * <http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?pubRef=-//EP/

Matthias Kirschner - President - Free Software Foundation Europe
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