Common Sense In Copyright – Finnish Lobby Group Campaigning For Changes To Anti-Piracy Laws

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Finnish public lobby group “Common Sense In Copyright” are campaigning to get enough supporters on board to convince the government to make changes to copyright laws in the country.

In 2012 Finland passed Constitutional amendments that would allow 50,000 citizens to pass a bill to parliament and just 3 weeks into their campaign the lobby group have nearly a third of the supporters that they need to get the government to take notice.

Using the incredibly controversial case that has currently hit the news between file-sharing site The Pirate Bay and the Finnish anti-piracy outfit TTVK as an example of why the law so desperately needs changing, ironically the group’s proposals would mean that The Pirate Bay would not be able to sue the anti-piracy outfit. The anti-piracy group, well known for confiscating a 9-year-old girl’s Winnie The Pooh laptop, are facing legal action from TPB for copying their CSS and using the iconic pirate ship logo to make a point about legitimate downloads.

Common Sense’s proposed changes would see the law changed to allow for satire and parody, like in the U.S. and most of Europe and though in the long run, it would see the TTVK’s powers curbed dramatically, in the TPB case they would not be liable for legal action!
As well as allowing for satire and parody, Common Sense states;

“The initiative specifically aims at declawing TTVK from the privileges that this private association enjoys under the legislation put into place during the 2005 Lex Karpela amendment. Legislation that was criticized back in 2005 as being heavily lobbied by the international copyright industry…. Additionally, TTVK would no longer be able to receive names from ISP’s as well as heavily decreasing the possibilities for bloated arbitrary lawsuits against non-commercial acts of piracy.”

In their statement, Common Sense has expressed the opinion that there campaign is being purposely ignored by the national media, despite the fact that it has made international news. They claim that Helsinki Sanomat – the largest newspaper in Finland, has all but ignored the lobby and national broadcasting agency YLE has posted a few article about it online but nothing in print. They have said that the only time they have featured in the printed press was in an article that appeared in a University campus publication.
Because of this media blackout, the group has had to shift tactics. Their volunteers gather at Jyväskylä and Turku Universities to collect signatures by hand and e-campaigns are promoting the cause online.

The cause is being supported by the majority of political youth organizations in the country, regardless of their political leaning. Finnish Center Youth chairman Mr Antti Kurvinen said: “For young people this is not a question of left or right wing politics. Perhaps the older generations have dropped off the technological bandwagon. This initiative will show how well parliament understands young people.

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