Against the backdrop of digitalisation and the ease of sharing of information provided by global networking, legal instruments regulating Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) need to be adapted to ensure they continue to spur economic and cultural growth without compromise to human and constitutional rights.
OFE defends the idea that computer programs should be protected by copyright, not patent law.
In the context of standards development, we believe in the need for a balanced approach towards inclusion of patented technology. In general, in the area of software interoperability, the world wide web and other technology areas have shown that Open Standards which are available royalty free – and largely restriction free – have had the most positive effects on boosting innovation. Therefore, OFE is a strong supporter of open standards for software interoperability and recognises its importance for the FOSS ecosystem.
OFE also closely monitors and contributes to the reform of the economic and legal framework governing copyright. Promoting openness in ICT, our focus is on the following:
- Ensuring that hyperlinking is not subject to copyright,
- Enabling text and data mining for content which was legally acquired,
- Making sure private copying levies are not extended to new technological supports,
- Ensuring that the “interoperability exception”, as provided in the Software Directive (Directive 2009/24/EC), is maintained.
To contribute to the copyright reform, OFE has participated in stakeholders’ dialogues, like Licenses for Europe, has published statements, press releases and has co-signed open letters addressed to MEPs. Moreover, OFE is part of the Copyright for Creativity platform and has also signed the Hague Declaration on content mine.
OFE’s work on Intellectual Property is led by its dedicated Task Force.
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