What do you want to achieve with this project?

The European Commission has presented a new European copyright law (Draft Directive) to the European Parliament which very much impacts education. Although some copyright exceptions exist for education, much has changed in education practices since Europe last updated copyright rules in 2001 and it may be a long time before we see another review. It is important that we get copyright right RIGHT NOW!

EAVI strongly believes that our flagship interest, media literacy, will be directly affected by changes to copyright. Key media literacy competencies; the capacity to access, share, create, curate, remix, critically assess and participate in and with the media are dependent on clear copyright guidelines that reflect the needs of educators and citizens. Unfortunately, there are many ways in which teachers are prevented from embracing all possibilities for education, as illustrated by this testimonial;

I help build Massive Open Online Courses that are freely available and have thousands of learners. Licence restrictions by image libraries make it impossible for us to include photos of artworks and sculptures from museums in these courses, even though we are willing to pay the fee. The problem is around what constitutes ‘commercial use’, so even though our use is for (free) education, the fact that the MOOC platform, FutureLearn, is a commercial company makes things very difficult.

Do you need help to put your idea into practice?

Please visit the campaign website and sign the petition. We would love it if you shared the campaign with your colleagues, friends and family. You can find sample tweets, posts and images on the campaign website page ‘spread the word’.

If you would like to know more about the campaign, or have questions, please contact Lisette Kalshoven at is part of the project Copyright for Education, funded by the Open Society Foundation.

What are the details of the project?

The European Parliament has the power to change the proposal for the better. We need to ensure that the current proposal embraces copyright that facilitates good education. We encourage educators to share the problems they face when dealing with copyright on our website

COMMUNIA has developed a campaign website to collect signatures of educators throughout Europe to let the European Parliamentarians know we need better copyright rules for education. The European parliament will vote on the proposal later this year, and can amend, accept or reject it. We will present the outcomes of the petition in the European Parliament, clearly showing them the voice of the European citizens eager for high-quality education, and a copyright that will engender it.