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[Fsfe-uk] [Creative-friends] The current situation and moving forward (f

From: MJ Ray
Subject: [Fsfe-uk] [Creative-friends] The current situation and moving forward (fwd)
Date: Fri, 09 Jul 2004 19:09:45 +0100

I can't handle this fast enough. Can someone pick this up, please? Especially point 2. I think it would be good for us if this is available in open standard formats, readable with free software.

Of course, I shall contact my MP, as we all can.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
Date: 2004-07-06 16:28:35 +0100
From: Rufus Pollock - What is To be Done <address@hidden>
Subject: [Creative-friends] The current situation and moving forward

Dear Friends of the Creative Domain,

As you will know, the public letter which many of you signed was sent out a few weeks ago. We have received positive responses from two MP's, Michael Fabricant and John Thurso as well as notification from DCMS that they have taken account of our comments. It was also great to see the Creative Archive receive a prominent mention in the BBC's own position document on charter
renewal (http://www.bbc.co.uk/thefuture/pdfs/bbc_bpv.pdf p.63).

However, it is still unclear what the position of MPs and the Department of Media, Culture and Sport is on an open Creative Archive and whether they will support specific language on the charter. For example we have heard that the select committee on the charter renewal is not yet planning to recommend charter language that would support the BBC's wonderful efforts to date.

Given these are the groups who will actually decide the new charter it is important that we make our views known to them on this matter and show that their is strong and deep support for an open Creative Archive. To this end we
are pursuing two strategies that you can help out with:

1) MP's have a significant role in this process, and it's important that they hear from constituents who care about the Archive coming to fruition. If you
have 5 minutes, visit


for information on a quick way to send a letter to your local MP. Pass this
link on to friends and mailing lists that might want to participate.

2) The Friends of the Creative Domain letter showed that there was *wide* support for the Creative Archive. Now we want to show that there is *deep*
support among the many constituency groups the archive would benefit:
educators, students, digital video creators, documentary makers, remix
artists, archivists, historians, and many more.

If you are a member of a community that would benefit from the archive, and would be willing to help organise a letter from your group to MPs and the charter committee, please contact me via address@hidden We can help you draft
and send the letter.

And just so you know who is behind all of this: the Campaign for Digital Rights is taking primary responsbility for organising the campaign, with support from EFF, Creative Commons UK/PCMLP, and Union for the Public Domain.

Thanks for all your help!

Rufus Pollock
Campaign for Digital Rights

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