We should protect our right to share, to quote and to create links in a world of autonomous and interconnected individuals

  1. Quotation, or the use of fragments from a work, must be defended in all cases as a vehicle for democratic development in the information society. The right to quote must be allowed whenever the work in question has already been made public in advance, whether it is quoted for educational or scientific reasons, or for purely informational, creative or any other purposes.
  2. The rights of the individual to personal use in the private sphere should not be undermined by the exclusive rights of the author.
  3. Prior authorization from the copyright holder, or the copyright holder’s right to receive payment, should not be necessary for the reproduction of published works, provided that said reproduction is for private use, either individual or collective, or to be shared between peers, and as long as no profit is obtained
  4. Fair use: There should be no requirement to seek an author’s permission for the reproduction or dissemination of artistic, scientific or technical works that have already been presented publicly, when the purpose is educational, scientific, informational, satirical or incidental to the principal creative objective, as long there is attribution and all moral rights are respected.
  5. The defense of the right to private copying and fair use of works should be firm and absolute, given that copying is the very basis for learning and culture. Authors/creators are indebted to shared culture and for this reason their contributions to culture should not be subject to any form of compensation beyond commercial use of their work (sales, fees and royalties related to said sales or performances).

*Ref.:point 2 “Legal Demands”, paragraph A “Rights in a Digital Context”, of the Charter for Innovation, Creativity and Access to Knowledge.