In Defense of The Rights of Citizens on The Internet

In WeblogsSL believe that we are at a particularly delicate moment with regard to the development of the internet in Spain. The project of law of sustainable economy has surprised us a large group of citizens, companies and organizations that we know, we build and we love the Internet so much value is contributing to our society. Some of the changes that have been included in this project can transform it and kick off in period with fewer rights for citizens, less privacy and less freedom of expression, and with great uncertainty for companies who work in it. We can find some analysis of these changes in hanging, El Blog Salmón, 21 journalists, chocolate, public, Enrique Dans or El País.

In light of this event, we have participated in the elaboration of a Manifesto “in defense of fundamental rights on the Internet”, the text of which we assume and we support as the starting point of a critical opposition to all attempts, come from part of who come, undermining the rights of citizens and businesses on the Internet for a few.

Manifesto “in defense of fundamental rights on the Internet”

Given the inclusion in the draft law of economy sustainable of legislative changes affecting the free exercise of the freedoms of expression, information and the right of access to culture via the Internet, journalists, bloggers, users, professionals and creators of Internet express our firm opposition to the project, and declare that…

1.- Copyright can not be above the fundamental rights of citizens, such as the right to privacy, security, the presumption of innocence, to effective judicial protection and freedom of expression.

2.- The suspension of fundamental rights is and must remain exclusive competence of the judiciary. Not a closure without judgment. This blueprint, against the provisions of article 20.5 of the Constitution, put in the hands of a non-judicial body – a body under the Ministry of culture-, the power to prevent Spanish citizens access to any website.

3.- The new legislation will create legal uncertainty around the technology sector Spanish, damaging one of the few areas of development and future of our economy, hindering the creation of enterprises, by introducing barriers to competition and slowing its international expansion.

4.- The new proposed legislation threatens new creators and hinder cultural creation. With the Internet and the successive technological advances has dramatically democratized the creation and issuance of all contents, which no longer come predominantly from traditional cultural industries, but from many different sources.

5.-the authors, like all workers, are entitled to live on his work with new creative ideas, business models and activities associated with their creations. Try to hold with legislative changes to an outdated industry that can’t adapt to this new environment is neither fair nor realistic. If your business model was based on the control of the copies of the works and on the Internet is not possible without violating fundamental rights, they should find another model.

6.- We believe that cultural industries need to survive modern alternatives, effective, credible and affordable to suit new social uses, rather than limitations so disproportionate as to be ineffective in pursuing that claim.

7 internet should function freely and without political interference sponsored by sectors that seek to perpetuate outdated business models and make it impossible that human knowledge remains free.

8.- We demand that the Government guarantee by law the neutrality of the network in Spain, before any pressure that may occur as a framework for developing a realistic and sustainable economy for the future.

9.- We propose a real reform of intellectual property rights aimed at an end: return to society knowledge, promote the public domain and limit abuses of the managing bodies.

10.- In a democracy the laws and their amendments should be adopted after appropriate public debate and having consulted all parties involved previously. It is not acceptable necessitating legislative changes that affect fundamental rights in a non-organic law and which deals with other matter.