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“Don’t Fear the Internet”: Exceptions to Copyright in Chile

Categories: Chile, Advocacy, Free Expression, Intellectual Property

Note: Article [1] [es] by Derechos Digitales originally published in Spanish, translated by Silvia Viñas [2].

In a previous post [3] in the #NoTemasaInternet [4] [es] (Don’t Fear the Internet) series, we explained why exceptions to copyright are necessary and desirable, especially in digital contexts, like this video shows:

After civil society mobilizations [5] [es] and debates took place around Chile's new intellectual property law [6], Chilean advocates managed to expand the rules on exceptions to copyright. For example, today students are allowed to translate an article for private use without having to ask for authorization from the copyright holder of that text. A few years ago, the law didn’t allow for fair use [7] in situations like this, leaving students and others wanting to use texts for academic or learning purposes at risk of criminal infraction.

The expansion of exceptions to copyright is a victory for the public and also for creators of artistic, academic, and scientific works. Although we could have more and better exceptions, and there are continued threats against these exceptions [8] [es], the scenario we have today is more encouraging than what we had years ago, and has even set a positive example for many countries in Latin America.

With this new infographic [9] [es] from #NoTemasaInternet [10] (Don't fear the Internet), we want you to learn which exceptions to copyright we have in Chile. We also want to encourage you to use them without fear. It’s your right!