Stop copyright censorship

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Stop copyright censorship
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We want a copyright law for creativity, not corporates.
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MEPs are about to cast their crucial votes on rules that could undermine the foundations of the web: the ability to link across the Internet, and the freedom to create online.1

We must give them the strongest possible mandate to fight for your rights.2

The proposed law includes powers for media giants to charge licensing fees for posting links, through a new type of copyright, aka the link tax.3 It would also demand websites install bots to monitor your posts, and censor them, if copyrighted content is detected. 4We know these rules impact how many of us work on a day to day basis: from journalists looking up sources, to professional reviewers discussing the latest films.5

Are you likely to be impacted by censorship machines and the link tax? We need to demonstrate the diversity of people who rely on links, and on creatively using content.

If MEPS can see how many people and professions will be harmed by these rules we can make sure they vote to defend your rights.

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Dear, Axel Voss MEP, Jean-Marie Cavada MEP, Lidia Geringer De Oedenberg MEP, Angel Dzhambazki MEP, Jiří Maštálka MEP, Julia Reda MEP, Isabella Adinolfi MEP, Marie-Christine Boutonnet MEP, 

As you approach the Legal Affairs Committee vote on the Copyright in the Digital Single Market Directive, we urge you to vote against Articles 11 and 13.

You have a responsibility to make an informed choice that puts the best interests of European citizens first. In the original consultation on these proposals, and in the letters you've received from your constituents, you have heard that tens of thousands of people are against these rules. 

Article 11
The evidence speaks for itself regarding the harms of ancillary copyright  — which would lead to the imposition of unpopular new fees on the sharing of links to news online. Your committee's own commissioned report concluded the evidence shows that Article 11 will have serious harm on access to information. Research institutes have raised series concerns about the legal uncertainty and the harm to freedom of expression. The European Copyright Society, concluded that it “will not in any way benefit the newspaper industry”. 

Article 13
The requirement that tech companies produce filtering machines to detect the copyright status of user-generated content — and then block it before posted — would not be done on the basis of what is legal, but on whether uploads contain content that has been "identified" by rights-holders. It would overturn the many existing legitimate exceptions which allow people to use copyrighted content.

We, the undersigned, declare that these rules will have a negative impact on our day to day lives. Software developers, educators, creators, designers and journalists, all rely on using links and copyrighted content to spread access to knowledge and to make new transformative content.

We urge you to lead your party to reject Articles 11 and 13 in the Copyright in the Digital Single Market Directive.

It is not only the correct choice for our rights — it is also the democratic mandate.

Thank you,

[Your Name Will Appear Here]

 

Footnotes:
[1] Text of the proposed Copyright in the Digital Single Market Directive. Source: European Union
[2]  Secret EU lawmaking: the triumph of the trilogues. Source: EU Observer
[3] Ancillary Copyright, Publishersr's Right, Link Tax: a bad idea under any name. Source: Communia Association
[4] Killing parody, killing memes, killing the internet? Source: EDRi
[5] Help our link tax impact research AND speak to your MEPs. Source: OpenMedia  

If you haven't taken action yet click here.

 

Press: Ruth Coustick-Deal | Office: 1 (888) 441-2640 | ruth@openmedia.org

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Tell MEPs now “Vote no to the link tax and to automated censorship filters."
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MEPs are about to cast their crucial votes on rules that could undermine the foundations of the web: the ability to link across the web, and the freedom to create content online.1


The proposed law gives media giants the power to charge fees for sharing links, by copyrighting tiny preview snippets. This Link Tax is a broken idea that will harm access to news and information.3 These rules also demand websites build censorship robots that monitor and block your content, spying across the Internet for copyrighted content. 4We know these rules will impact how many of us work on a day to day basis: from journalists looking up sources, to professional reviewers discussing the latest films.5


Filters like these always block legitimate legal content, and will lead to masses of lost creativity.

We need to demonstrate the diversity of people who rely on links. We want to show how many people create and remix content to make something new.

If MEPS can see how many people and professions will be harmed by these rules we can make sure they vote to defend your rights.

Sign to support the full statement:

Read the full petition here

 

Dear, Axel Voss MEP, Jean-Marie Cavada MEP, Lidia Geringer De Oedenberg MEP, Angel Dzhambazki MEP, Jiří Maštálka MEP, Julia Reda MEP, Isabella Adinolfi MEP, Marie-Christine Boutonnet MEP, 

As you approach the Legal Affairs Committee vote on the Copyright in the Digital Single Market Directive, we urge you to vote against Articles 11 and 13.

You have a responsibility to make an informed choice that puts the best interests of European citizens first. In the original consultation on these proposals, and in the letters you've received from your constituents, you have heard that tens of thousands of people are against these rules. 

Article 11
The evidence speaks for itself regarding the harms of ancillary copyright  — which would lead to the imposition of unpopular new fees on the sharing of links to news online. Your committee's own commissioned report concluded the evidence shows that Article 11 will have serious harm on access to information. Research institutes have raised series concerns about the legal uncertainty and the harm to freedom of expression. The European Copyright Society, concluded that it “will not in any way benefit the newspaper industry”. 

Article 13
The requirement that tech companies produce filtering machines to detect the copyright status of user-generated content — and then block it before posted — would not be done on the basis of what is legal, but on whether uploads contain content that has been "identified" by rights-holders. It would overturn the many existing legitimate exceptions which allow people to use copyrighted content.

We, the undersigned, declare that these rules will have a negative impact on our day to day lives. Software developers, educators, creators, designers and journalists, all rely on using links and copyrighted content to spread access to knowledge and to make new transformative content.

We urge you to lead your party to reject Articles 11 and 13 in the Copyright in the Digital Single Market Directive.

It is not only the correct choice for our rights — it is also the democratic mandate.

Thank you,

[Your Name Will Appear Here]

 

Footnotes:
[1] Text of the proposed Copyright in the Digital Single Market Directive. Source: European Union
[2]  Secret EU lawmaking: the triumph of the trilogues. Source: EU Observer
[3] Ancillary Copyright, Publishersr's Right, Link Tax: a bad idea under any name. Source: Communia Association
[4] Killing parody, killing memes, killing the internet? Source: EDRi
[5] Help our link tax impact research AND speak to your MEPs. Source: OpenMedia  

If you haven't taken action yet click here.

 

Press: Ruth Coustick-Deal | Office: 1 (888) 441-2640 | ruth@openmedia.org

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