[wilhelmtux-discussion] Discussion and preparation for action regarding the copyright reform

Tonnerre LOMBARD tonnerre at ffii.org
Fri Oct 13 10:12:39 CEST 2006


I would like to invite you all to an introductive meeting into all the
things we still require in order to get the swiss copyright reform into
a better shape (for us).

The problematic

The swiss copyright reform attempts to introduce DMCA-like legislation.
It tries to criminalize any attempt to break a "protection system" of
any type of content. It remains unspecified what a protection system is
and what type of content can be protected.

Together with the upcoming DRM regime, this legislation is, in my
opinion, a severe threat to the upcoming information society, as well as
to OpenSource in itself. It also constitutes a severe discrimination of
handicapped people and is a serious inhibitor to science.

The Council of States is soon going to make a decision on the issue.
Soon, the National Council is going to follow. If everything goes like
it did in our neighbor countries, the parliament is going to decide in
favor of our fellow lobbyists from the BSA, Microsoft, Disney,
MediaLive, the MPA etc. We don't have any lobbyists in the game up to
this point, and nobody else is going to do this for us.

What we need to do is to present our parliaments with our side of the
story, so they know it even exists. We need good arguments to decide
against the plans, or to adapt ammendments which will change the current
proposal to our needs. I think we can even count on the support of the
small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the IT area, as a lot of
them do have interests in that area.

If we act now, we still have a chance to keep our country free from this
type of unfavorable legislation.

Location and Time

On Monday, October 16th, 2006, from 18:00 to whenever we're going to

We're going to meet there:

Nico Schottelius
Hasenbueelstrasse 15
CH-8625 Gossau ZH

This is easily reachable by car from Zurich: just follow the motorway
to Rapperswil and drop off, following the direction to Rapperswil. In
Wetzikon, go to the right right after the railway station, in direction
to Gossau.

By train: go to Wetzikon, then take the bus to Gossau. Leave at the
station "Gossau Moos". Then walk about 100m to the inner village, take
the first street to the right and follow it to the end, then you'll see
the house on the left side (that one with three postboxes).


 * Work at a common position to the current set of ammendments that the
   council presented
 * Come up with own ammendments to the law
 * Maybe: short introduction to lobbying (but I don't think we'll have
   time for that)

Most of the work has already been done by me, but currently, this is
just my own work and doesn't have any basis in the "community".

Food and drinks

Cannot be provided locally, you will have to take care of this yourself.


Anyone can come without any need to register. However, it would be nice
if you could drop me a mail so we can tell how many people will be

If you can't come at 18:00, it's ok if you arrive later. The
participation is more important than arriving on the hour.

Hoping for a broad base,

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