Tweet at your MEP: #SaveYourInternet
There are just a few hours left for us to save the Internet.
On 20-21 June, the Legal Affairs Committee (JURI) in the European Parliament will vote on the Copyright Directive which includes the proposed link tax and censorship machines.
So we're getting together with people and organisations across Europe to #SaveYourInternet.
Some MEPs have declared their support, and others have come out against us.
That leaves only 9 MEPs left who will decide this vote.
They are all that stands in the way of the most drastic upheaval to the Internet in its history. We only have a short amount of time to show them what they need to do. The more people they hear from, the harder it will be for the 9 MEPs to vote for these measures. Tell them you need them to protect your Internet against surveillance and censorship machines. Tell them it’s their Internet too!
Email József Szájer
Organisations across Europe are fighting to #SaveTheLink and #StopCensorshipMachines. Some supporters are phoning the MEPs offices. Others are writing emails to them. With your help, we’re creating a tweetstorm. Together we’re trying to convince these key undecided MEPs to stand with us against a censored internet, under the near-complete control of corporate giants.
Send a tweet now to #SaveYourInternet.
It is likely to come down to a single vote. Every call, every email and every tweet could be the crucial difference. Yours might be the one that saves our online freedoms!
We’re up against the giant corporations and their powerful lobbyists calling for these laws. They’ll make a fortune if the laws pass, and they will gain near total control over the web. They want to use copyright law to prop up their obsolete business models.
But we know copyright law will not fix a 20th century business model two decades into the 21st. They will massively harm small publishers, new startups, and creators across the world if they succeed.
We only have a few hours. Tweet to an MEP today, and we can #SaveYourInternet!
You can use the suggested tweet or write your own. There are some points below you may want to use, and don't forget to include #SaveYourInternet!
- Creativity and free speech will be harmed by Article 13 because algorithms struggle to tell the difference between infringement and the legal use of copyrighted material vital to research, commentary, parodies and more. This is far too high a cost for enforcing copyright.
- No filter can possibly review every form of content covered by the proposal including text, audio, video, images and software. Article 13's mandate is technically infeasible and it is absurd to expect courts in 27 EU Member States to be constantly working out what the “best” filters might be.
- It is a bad idea to make Internet companies responsible for enforcing copyright law. To ensure compliance and avoid penalties, platforms are sure to err on the side of caution and overblock. To make compliance easier, platforms will adjust their terms of service to be able to delete any content or account for any reason. That will leave victims of wrongful deletion with no right to complain – even if their content was perfectly legal.