Artisanal counterfeiting

Nadia makes clothes from her imagination and creativity to satisfy her Tunisian customers. Thanks to her customers, this young designer realized  that her ideas had been used by a wholesaler. Her artisanal designs had been copied for sale on the Internet.

 “Creations that have required hours of work, drawing, reflection, testing and development in workshops, are simply copied and sold as “retail or wholesale” (…) Nadia, Rose Madarine’s designer, has chosen to work only with small producers, artisans, and local workshops. Sometimes she even struggles to feed her shop in La Marsa.

The people who currently sell these copies have little care for craftsmanship and do not respect it, they have no respect for the work of others and what they do is simply called theft.”

Excerpt from the article “Quand le plagiat devient monnaie courante en Tunisie : le coup de gueule de Rose Mandarine” from the website femmesdetunisie.com

Nadia intends to assert her rights, as she had registered her designs before selling them. We want his story to end well.

Copyright as part of European reform

L'Europe et son drapeauThe reform was adopted on Tuesday 26th March 2019 with 348 MEPs saying yes (against 274). It plans to protect copyrights on major websites, such as Facebook, Google, Amazon, and YouTube. The GAFAs become liable in the event of plagiarism.

Indeed, the neighbouring rights requires the remuneration of authors who own a work or article. Though, they do not apply for a few words, nor for short extracts, nor for sharing hyperlinks to articles. The items are protected for 2 years.

Some activists of digital freedom fear that remixes and misappropriations of works will become poorer.

“MEP Julia Reda (Pirate Party, Vice-President of the Group of the Greens/European Free Alliance), who is at the forefront in challenging the text in the European Parliament, referred to it as “a dark day for digital freedoms“. For its part, the French government, which had supported the text, welcomed the victory of “creators, artists and European culture (…) against lobbies” through the voice of the Minister for European Affairs and future head of the list La République en marche (LRM) in the European elections, Nathalie Loiseau.

Excerpt from the article “La très controversée réforme européenne du droit d’auteur finalement adoptée” from the Le Monde website.

The 28 European countries have 2 years to enforce this right, other neighbouring countries such as Switzerland should also follow suit.

“Exempt from the obligation to filter content are companies that would meet all three of the following criteria: less than three years of existence; a turnover of less than €10 million; and an audience level of less than five million unique visitors per month. Beyond these three thresholds, companies must prevent the reappearance of deleted content and filter online postings based on lists provided by rights holders. It remains to be seen how the platforms will react to the reform.”

Excerpt from the article “La réforme européenne du droit d’auteur franchit une étape décisive” from lefigaro.fr

The main objective is to modernize copyright in the digital era.

The Gad Elmaleh case has made a difference

inspiration ou plagiat

From the Internet, it has become easy to compare images, songs, texts, and sketches. If copy and paste is criticized in the musical world, it is also quite taboo in the comedic sphere. Since the case of the French comedian, the languages have become untied and comedic plagiarism no longer makes anyone laugh. The problem is perplexing: What is the difference between plagiarism and inspiration?

Artists are now more vigilant in producing authentic creative work.

“In France, the subject is approached with the tip of one’s lips. However, the phenomenon is neither a novelty nor a local speciality: in very different genres, Fernand Raynaud, Michel Leeb, Robin Williams and Amy Schumer have all been accused, at one time, of “stealing jokes” from colleagues, without endangering their careers. (…) the more comedic creation gains in nobility, the more negatively plagiarism is seen.”

Excerpt from the article “L’univers du stand-up en émoi face aux accusations de plagiats” from the website actu.orange.fr.