Copyright is a bit eventful

THE BIZARRE effects of thoughtless contracts dealing with copyright were illustrated by booking service EventBrite, which in April claimed the right to attend all events using the service, to film them and to make unlimited use of the footage. After some problems were pointed out - for example, what about the rights of the audience and the performers at the event? - they did a swift reverse.

The importance of reading - and challenging - the small print in contracts is hereby illustrated.

And see the report on the #useitpayforit campaign for publishers claiming that they can "embed" people's images without permission. That was a tale of a freelance successfully striking back - but there are worrying developments at the Court of Justice of the European Union, which is drifting toward finding that such "borrowing" of content from other websites is not an infringement of copyright. The European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) is keeping a close eye on this.

Meanwhile, the process of the EU Parliament and the Council of the Ministers of the member states negotiating a new Directive on copyright in the Digital Single Market trundles on. The vote in the EU Parliament's Legal Committee has been postponed and postponed, and is now expected in June.

The thousand-odd amendments tabled are being whittled down. The EFJ continues to press for a strong right of all authors and performers - including you - to be informed of what use is made of your work and to challenge certain unfair contracts, and to resist a reduction in income from educational use of your work.

The delay reduces the chance that the Directive will apply to the UK - but who knows?