Are WMF and the European affiliates allowed to lobby regarding this issue?
If so, what are they doing?

Thanks,

Pine
On Jun 21, 2015 6:03 AM, "Romaine Wiki" <romaine.w...@gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi all,
>
> This concerns all the editors and readers in the European Union and those
> in other European countries as well (copying is possible).
>
> *Subject*
> Copyrights reform in Europe going in the wrong direction, damaging
> Wikipedia.
>
> *What is going on?*
> In the European Parliament currently a proposal (amendment) is submitted
> that will restrict Freedom of Panorama in Europe.
> This means: you will be no longer allowed to upload images from modern
> buildings and works of public art on Commons and not allowed to use those
> images on Wikipedia.
>
> Also if Freedom of Panorama is only allowed for Non Commercial purposes
> only, this is a problem for Wikipedia!
>
> *Some details*?
> It concerns the amendment AM421 proposed by Cavada and passed in the JURI
> committee.
>
> *When is the voting about the amendment?*
> Thursday 9th July
>
> But we have one chance only!
>
>
> *What can we do about this?*
>
>    - Forward this e-mail to anyone who should know about this.
>    - Talk to the Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) in your country.
>    Especially the members of the EPP, S&D and ALDE groups. ->
>
> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_members_of_the_European_Parliament,_2014%E2%80%9319
>    - Communicate this issue to users in your local community.
>    - Publicise a press release about this, write about it on your
>    website/blog, talk to the media how this can damage Wikipedia, etc.
>    - Use social media: Twitter, Facebook, and so on...
>    - Twitter about it and retweet them. Suggestions:
>       https://twitter.com/Wikimedia_BE/status/611000943908384768 -
>       https://twitter.com/Wikimedia_BE/status/610984311853064193 -
>       https://twitter.com/dimi_z/status/610792189631811584
>       - Twitter also directly to the Members of the European Parliament
>       directly and ask them if they want to turn Wikipedia into black.
>
>
> Also there will be a CentralNotice banner to inform our readers. The
> CentralNotice banner will lead to a landing page, which is at:
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Freedom_of_Panorama_in_Europe_in_2015
>
> More information will be on:
>
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Freedom_of_Panorama_in_Europe_in_2015/Learn_more
>
> A FAQ will be on:
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Freedom_of_Panorama_in_Europe_in_2015/FAQ
> (or combined with the Learn more page)
>
>
> *How can I help with the campaign?*
> Go to:
>
> https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Commons:Freedom_of_Panorama_2015/Proposed_messages
> and help with getting the texts of the banner, landing page and Learn more
> page ready.
>
> 1. Banner:
> * What should the text be of the title?
> * What should the text be of the underline?
> 2. Landing page:
> * What information should be on the landing page?
> * What Twitter/Facebook/Google+ links do we place?
> 3. Learn more page:
> * What information should be mentioned on the *Learn more* page?
> * What actions would we recommend readers to take?
> * Anything else?
>
> If the banner, landing page and Learn more page are ready, they can be
> translated on Tuesday 23 June to the various European languages. Also local
> Wikipedia pages can be created for it.
>
>
> *Where is the coordination?*
> https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Commons:Freedom_of_Panorama_2015
> To have an overview it would be handy if you sign up for your country/area.
>
> Collect here also your actions like press releases, tweets, Facebook posts,
> etc. Those can be useful to read and to see where some action is missing or
> needed.
>
>
> *You need more information?*
> Read the Signpost article:
>
> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Signpost/2015-06-17/Three_weeks_to_save_freedom_of_panorama_in_Europe
>
>
> *Other suggestions?*
> Let us know! Add suggestions at:
> https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Commons:Freedom_of_Panorama_2015
>
> Thanks!
>
> Romaine
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