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Fwd: Term extension: you helped us say no in the UK, now help us say no in Europe

David Gerard-2
Forwarded to foundation-l because the topic's come up here, and
wikimediauk-l for UK interest. If you're in the EU, please sign the
new petition.

- d.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Becky Hogge <[hidden email]>
Date: 4 Mar 2008 13:10
Subject: Term extension: you helped us say no in the UK, now help us
say no in Europe
To: [hidden email]

Dear Petitioners

Thanks for signing our Release The Music petition in 2006. You helped
us win the battle against copyright term extension in the UK. Now we
need your help again. The European Commission are discussing a
proposal for term extension. This is truly urgent because the UK
government will be reassessing their 'no' to the term extension lobby
in light of the new proposal. So if you oppose copyright term
extension for sound recordings then sign our new, Europe-wide
petition, now:

Please also be sure to tell your communities about the petition,
whether via your blog, podcast, mailing lists or just down the pub. In
particular, if you are in touch with digital rights activists in
Europe then please push the petition link in their direction and ask
that they sign up too. The website is available in English, French and

If you've still got some energy left after that, please write to your
MP about the issue. A Private Member's bill for copyright term
extension will have its 2nd reading in the House of Commons on 7
March. We need more informed opponents of the Bill in Parliament so
please tell your MP just how you feel on this issue. For advice on how
to write to your MP and suggestions for the kind of arguments that
work in this context, please read our blogpost:

Finally, if you're not already, please consider becoming a supporter
of the Open Rights Group. Your regular financial contributions enable
us to raise awareness of digital rights issues by staging events
across the country, lobbying the British and EU Parliaments, and
monitoring and engaging with the national and international press.
When politicians talk to ORG, they know they're talking to a group
that is funded by their voters, and they listen and act accordingly.
So please, support ORG! Follow this link to sign up:

If you have any questions about this campaign or any of our other
issues then please send an email by reply or give us a phone in the
office on +44 (0) 20 7096 1079.

Thanks for your support.


Becky Hogge
Executive Director
Protect your bits - support the Open Rights Group


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