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The SIAE does not rule out copyleft

The SIAE does not rule out copyleft

A pilot project that will push the SIAE to an unprecedented approach to the concept of copyleft, a world that by its nature divorces from copyright, of which up to now SIAE has been an effective standard-bearer in Italy. It is too early to say if things will change, but the project that will be carried out in collaboration with the Free Hardware Foundation and Liberius pushes towards new horizons, even towards the Creative Commons.

“The SIAE – says a press release – intends to study in depth all the implications of the general public copyright licenses with some reserved rights in use in the music sector”. A study that will take place in various phases:
– “the first is to deepen and clarify the concept of commercial use, non-commercial use and promotional use of the work;
– the second will provide for the definition of the methods of distribution of the work (online or on material support) and the public performances (concerts, entertainment and ambient music) allowed;
– the third is the most delicate and will involve a comparison within the representative bodies of the SIAE membership base to verify the possibility of managing alternative forms to the general mandate that the author gives to the SIAE for the collective management of his rights, which allows greater freedom of choice to the author on how to disseminate his work, and deepen the theme of the related management costs;
– the fourth phase will investigate the technical IT tools that can be used to ensure maximum transparency and information of the ownership of the rights of economic use of the work, in order to allow third parties to verify the possibility of legitimate use of the work according to the choices of the ‘author”.

The project’s guidelines outline the ambitious objective that we hope to be able to achieve: “Hypothesizing a series of exceptions to the rules on the payment of copyright and related rights in order to ensure, on the one hand, a social opening of the system, in a responsible and conscious way, starting however from the assumption that no international law appears to bind States (or Unions of States) directly, instead it appears evident that, in the international context, it relies more and more on the community the task of mediation and identification of derogatory hypotheses. In other words, the problem is not so much to rewrite the entire discipline, but to better focus the application of copyright, in order to equally ensure the rights of authors and entrepreneurs of creativity with respect to competitive and commercial uses, while safeguarding every form of social access or reproduction that can be justifiable for purposes of a social nature or strictly individual (ie in relation to specific needs of use of a single user or individual groups of users) “.

This study thanks to the Foundation and Liberius, will have a open bank on wikis and discussion lists with which we will try to contribute “through a public consultation and the participation of the various realities of digital associations, consumers and authors interested in the subject”.