A global campaign
OUR AIM is to establish an international
campaign, writes the Summit Organising Committee. We
should not think of campaign strategy in geographic or national
terms. We need to target corporations, or sometimes a set of
companies within a sector.
The campaign will involve a kaleidoscope of actions beyond
writers' direct protest, including simultaneous or targeted
approaches to advertisers and stockholders and lobbying of regulators.
Legal action, while effective and potentially decisive, will
undoubtedly take time - as will achieving changes to the law and
new regulations. All the following parts of our global campaign
will probably be needed alongside each other.
Legal action: We
should aim to launch multiple lawsuits over Authors' Rights
infringements in a tactical fashion, in more than one country - possibly
after giving notice that such suits will be initiated unless
Authors' Rights are respected.
international standard contracts, setting basic minimum standards
for which authors should negotiate (e.g., with appropriate
language defining scope of rights) with addenda addressing specific
Consider a co-ordinated international campaign aimed at one
company or group.
Changing the law
internationally and nationally: maintain a constant focus on
activities within the World Intellectual Property Organization
whether they concern authors or performers, producers or
publishers. Watch for and resist attempts by the World Trade Organization
to draw Authors' Rights into its sphere. As the European Union
is the keeper of the Continental European system of Authors'
Rights - and thus the keeper of the system with the highest level
of protection of Authors' Rights in the world today - it goes
without saying that we must participate actively in the legislative
process of the EU.
author-controlled licensing system: focus on the importance of close
co-operation between licensing systems for authors all over the
world and the possible advantages of creating one worldwide,
author-controlled licensing system, or network of systems.
Establishing new legislative
frameworks: Establish enforceable Authors' Rights and
expanded, enforceable employee rights, both via collective
bargaining rights based on freedom of association. Outlaw all-rights
contracts as coercive and (where appropriate) as unfair,
anti-competitive trade practices.
establish a comprehensive media database that tracks mergers and
acquisitions, ownership, internal corporate strategies, regulatory
environments and changing employment conditions worldwide.