German consumer and copyleft activists demonstrated in front of the parliament in Berlin today, demanding fair use priciples for the country's upcoming copyright reform. The activists dressed as prisioners and showed off a poster of the first online jail.

online jail

The groups involved in the action opened the online jail website four weeks ago with the idea that people would virtually move into a cell to demand that private copying doesn't become a real crime. So far about 4000 people have participated.

By going to jail people automatically signed a partition petition demanding a clause in the new copyright law that would make sure small-time petty copyright infringements would not be persecuted. The petition also calls for outlawing DRM systems.

Today's action was supported by various online rights groups as well as the German foundation for consumer rights.

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