[CODATA-international] Fwd: How you can stop Europe’s proposal to break the internet

Paul Uhlir pfuhlir at gmail.com
Tue Jul 3 09:16:27 EDT 2018

Dear colleagues, take action before the end of Wednesday, July 4th, on this
issue. The link makes it very easy to be involved, whether you are in the
EU or outside...
Thank you for your timely attention to this urgent matter.

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From: Creative Commons <info at creativecommons.org>
Date: Tue, Jul 3, 2018 at 8:56 AM
Subject: How you can stop Europe’s proposal to break the internet
To: <pfuhlir at gmail.com>

The time to act is now!
[image: european-parliament-image]

by David Iliff
on Wikimedia Commons. CC BY-SA 3.0
*Tell the European Parliament to stop the harmful copyright proposal*

European lawmakers are drafting new copyright rules that will require
online platforms to automatically monitor and filter all user-uploaded
content. Their intention is to stop copyright infringement, but the reality
will go so far beyond that it will risk breaking the internet.

This means that nearly every platform — from Instagram to YouTube to
SoundCloud to Flickr — will have to review every single uploaded file for
copyright infringements before it is allowed to go online. Such a system
would be so expensive that only huge companies would be able to join the
market, and it would surely flag tons of perfectly harmless and
non-infringing content.

The draft law would also allow press publishers to demand fees for linking
to headlines and snippets. This will kill news linking on the web. How do
we know? It already failed in Spain and Germany. The new “link tax” would
drastically disrupt the free flow of information online.

*These copyright proposals will break the internet as we know it. *

It doesn’t have to be this way. Here’s what you can do.

On July 5, all 751 Members of the European Parliament will vote on whether
to fast-track the proposal, or to reopen the discussions so improvements
can be made. The proposal isn’t a sure thing — it barely made it out of

You can help stop it.

*If you’re an EU citizen, or if you live and work in the EU, go to
and tell your MEPs to stop the proposal and reopen the debate. *

If you’re not in the EU, help us spread the word! The one thing we know
about bad internet legislation is that it gets copied and exported
world-wide. We have to stop it wherever it shows up, before it become the
law where you live, too.

Europe needs reasonable and balanced copyright rules that foster an open
internet, freedom of expression, and the rights of users and the public in
the digital environment.

It’s not too late. With your help, we can turn this around.
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