Draft Czech Copyright Bill Endangers Creative CommonsAdded: Thursday, September 2nd, 2010
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Another country is developing its copyright bill, and this one puts in danger Creative Commons license. A draft Czech copyright bill has recently leaked online, revealing one of the most disturbing things ever created in the copyright field.
As you might have already known, the key aspect of Creative Commons license is the ease to obtain it. All you should do is browse to the Creative Commons site and choose the type of license you want, answer a number of standard questions, and receive a block of code that can be pasted on any HTML site to explain everyone what they can and can’t do. This feature is one of reasons why Creative Commons is so popular.
However, it seems like the Czech Republic has decided to end this practice forever, as per the draft of the copyright bill that leaked online. The bill is designed to put a whole set of limitations on public licensed materials, including Creative Commons.
The text of the draft says that an artist willing to use a public license has to first report to a copyright collective administrator, who would then review his work. Moreover, at this step the artist has to prove that they have created that piece of work in the first place. Only after this an artist is allowed to legally use a selected public license.
In fact, a legislation of such type takes away an artist’s freedom to license the work they own the rights to as they like. In addition, things are even more complicated with GNU/GPL licenses, as nowadays many projects exist that are open collaborations with people throughout the globe. Actually, open licenses were designed specifically to not be given out on a moderated basis, but the Czech government is now about to intervene in all of this.
The bill drafted in the country includes the requirements to be met for those willing to fight the distribution of copylefted works: the rights owner would have to warn the collecting society. Moreover, he also has to prove that the license in question has been provided at all. This means that the law would violate the declared support of public licenses. Of course, this could only lead to many people refusing to obtain a license that used to be so convenient.
Another sticking point is the value of authors’ royalty. Initially, the creators of the work received all the money, but the new law would make it only 60%, while 40% will be forwarded to publishers. A strange destiny the Czech Republic offers to its creators.
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