Copyfighters – Youth for a modern copyright reform

The track ‘Copyfighters – Youth for a modern copyright reform’ is organized by Young Pirates of Europe, a federation of seven European digital rights youth organisations, as one of several activities with a focus on copyright throughout 2017 with support of:

The aim of these activities is to build a European youth movement to demand a rights-based copyright reform, in order to enable young people across Europe to share cultural works, strengthen social cohesion and foster exchange of knowledge. Copyright policy often goes too far and unnecessarily limits cultural freedom and participation as well as freedom of expression, while inadequately protecting authors rights against exploitation by publishers, producers and distributors. A successful copyright reform therefore has to tackle both sides, respecting the human rights of both creators and the general public.

During this programme, participants will:

  • form a team that works together in order to raise awareness for the youth's perspective on copyright,
  • work out a position paper "European youth demands for copyright reform"
  • and develop strategies to make sure that all stakeholders participating in EuroDIG know about this youth perspective and understand the importance of the topic to the general public and young people specifically.

This project is carried out by Young Pirates of Europe with support of the Council of Europe and the European Youth Foundation.

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Draft Programme

as of 29 March 2017

Day 1 - Friday, 2 June 2017Welcoming dinner

Day 2 - Saturday, 3 June 2017
Session 1Introduction and get to know each other
Session 2Brainstorming session – “What are the most important issues regarding copyright?”
Elaboration in small groups
Plenary discussion on the developed issues
Session 3Closing discussion on the experiences of the day
Evening social activity

Day 3 - Sunday, 4 June 2017
Session 1Joint-session with YOUthDIG (Youth Dialogue on Internet Governance)
Session 2Speaker session on the current status of European copyright law and politics
Session 3Discussion and structuring of youth demands
Evening social activity

Day 4 - Monday, 5 June 2017
Session 1Discussion – “How do we bring our demands into EuroDIG?”
Developing presentation for EuroDIG lightning talk
Session 2Finishing position paper
Creating shareables, social media and website content
Session 3Joint session with YOUthDIG – Presentation of results
Evening social activity

Day 5 & 6 -
Tuesday - Wednesday, 6-7 June 2017: Participation in EuroDIG

Day 7 - Thursday, 8 June 2017
Session 1"How were our demands received? How well did our strategies work?"
Session 2Wrap-up, feedback and outlook

Host 2017

In cooperation with

Institutional Partners