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So what happened?

On July, 5th the european parliament voted on the reform of copyright law in the digital domestic market. Part of this reform were the already heavy critized articles 11 & 13. These articles would've paved the way for massive censorship on the internet. That's why we started a pretty successful petition which we, thanks to a personal invitation from MeP Julia Reda, personally delivered to the representatives together with all our 736.000 signatures we had back then.

The first reform proposal to the new copyright law (articles 11 and 13) has been rejected with a 318 (53%) to 278 (47%) majority!

But this threat is not off the table right now! The plenary rejection means just that the reform has to be revamped and submitted again. A new vote is to be expected in january.

Despite a million signatures, thousands of handwritten letters to the parliamentarians, protests on the streets, flyer distributions and enlightenment work in social media the parliamentarians passed the paper to the trialogue. There it was accepted on September 12th with a 438 (62%) to 229 (33%) majority. This means that the next step to a binding guideline is reached. Amendments adopted by the European Parliament on 12 September 2018

Now only two more meetings of the responsible EU-representatives with the ministers of the countries will be held, in which changes can be brought to the table, or be fought for compromise.

After this the parliament is expected to vote one last time in january. Each nation of the european union has to adjust it's own laws to the guideline. This means national laws are expected to be released in 2019/2020.

Of course we want to thank all the people who supported us. Without you we wouldn't have achieved any of this. Also we want to thank everyone who took part in the massive postage action.

What do we want to prevent?

The dictatorship of error-prone algorithms

Upload filters on sites like YouTube, Facebook and so on all have one thing in common: They never act as precisely as a human could.
As a result, content that violates copyright laws, but is protected by citation law is also mostly removed. This "vulnerability" can be used as an excuse to filter out content that is not approved by one's own values and ideas.

Paid Links

Press publishers should be obliged to charge for all links that someone places on their content. News portals would have lost reach and readership. The resulting loss of revenue would have been offset by the additional costs incurred by a license system to be administered. For many portals and publishers this would have meant economic ruin.

Which threats do we face?

This form of censorship could very soon destroy the cultural normatives of the internet as we know it. The blocking of uploads, in combination with faulty algorithms, will result in so called overblocking lead by the platforms, so that they can avoid legal violations. Even the sharing of links can become a massive problem on platforms like Twitter, Facebook and others. Article 11 would only allow to show links without a preview, so that users have to blindly trust hyperlinks.

What's the next move?

What's the next move? The rejected reform proposal must be revised and will then be submitted again. This means that Articles 11 and 13 will no longer come in this form, but it also means that they can come again in another format. MEPs will then have the opportunity to vote on the modified proposal from 10-13 September. The freedom that we have now successfully upheld must continue to be preserved and actively protected by all of us. That is why we must pay close attention to which laws we want to live with, also in the future. And we must not be afraid to raise our voices and participate in our own future.

What can you do?

The activities of the European Parliament are publicly accessible on its website: https://eur-lex.europa.eu/. On this page you can find all information about european legislation, as well as PDF files of all submitted documents, proposals and so on.

Take the opportinity to oversee the work of your representatives and tell them if you're not okay with it. After all, it's also about YOUR future!

I don't like a proposal or article! - What to do?

Contact your representatives! You can contact them directy to show them your discontent. E-mails often have a very good effect. That's because directly contacted people are often more willing to be convinced. You can find a list with e-mail addresses of the respective delegates here:

Contact your MEP

A lead on how to get the best effect from your complaint: Be objective and polite. Insults and threats only result in rejection. Stay pragmatic and explain how unpleased you are with the matter, not with the MEP him/herself.

Article 3 in detail

In the future,users such as independent research workers, journalists, regular citizens and various companies shall be refused to mine data and text. Since this is only valid for the region of the European Union, this will create obstacles and we will drop in international comparisons. In the worst case this will force companies to relocate their headquarters outside of the European Union.

Article 11 in detail

The performance protection law defines that all websites that link to articles, require a license to display the well-known preview. Others can only use the isolated link. The discussion included approaches like 'attended by single words'. It remains to be seen which version will be used. Already the headline shall be seen as creative act of the creators.In return the readers have to decide in advance if they want to click on a news link or not.

There are even more areas that have to deal with this reform

The reform itself is way bigger and will also affect schools, universities and libraries. It also affects various areas, which lacked attention because of Article 11 and 13. The content of the reform is long overdue and important.

Censorship? Without me!

Support us with your voice! Unity is what makes us strong! That's the reason why we started a petition to fight against Article 11 and 13!

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