Finnish websites go dark tomorrow to call for copyright reform


5 Responses to “Finnish websites go dark tomorrow to call for copyright reform”

  1. Finnagain says:

    That’s great, and I really like this part:

    the artist will have the ability to tell their representative organization to stop suing on behalf of their content. 

  2. Gulliver says:

    This is so…so…reasonable! I don’t what to say other than, Go Finland!

  3. Itsumishi says:

    Looks like you’ve mised an S in your headline..

  4. Joly MacFie says:

    Also note that the annual Finnish Internet Forum is this Thursday Apr 25 2013.  It will be webcast live via the ISOC Chapters livestream

  5. Nikodemus Siivola says:

    A minor correction:

    The copyright reform proposal isn’t really a test case for the citizen’s initiative system in any way: the first proposal to reach 50,000 signatures was banning fur farming, which has already been handed to the parliament.

    The second proposal to hit 50,000 is the gender-neutral marriage law, which is still collecting more signatures for a few months before handover.

    The copyright reform is the top proposal still short of the requisite number — and while things look OK (about half the signatures are there now at midway to deadline), there  isn’t any guarantee that it will actually hit 50,000. :/ For some reason eg. the main Finnish newspaper Helsingin Sanomat completely ignored it in their recent coverage of most popular proposals…

    (Now that the initiatives are actually arriving some major parties are backpedaling hard on their commitment to the process, and it remains to be seen how the initiatives are actually processed by the parliament. Some recent interpretations of the law have been stated that would allow burying an initiative in a committee without ever submitting it to a vote…)

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