The EU Copyright Directive's disastrous Article 13 will introduce upload filters that would change the way that the Internet works, from free and creative sharing, to one where anything can be removed without warning, by computers.
On 5 July all 751 MEPs will decide whether this version of the Copyright Directive should stand. This is our last practical chance to remove Article 13 from the Directive.
A powerful wave of opposition is forming among Internet icons, free speech advocates, and citizens across the globe.
That's where you come in. MEPs need to hear directly from their constituents exactly why upload filters would be a catastrophe for free speech. Please write your MEPs now. You can use the points below to construct your own unique message.
IF YOU'RE OUTSIDE THE UK, please use this tool instead https://saveyourinternet.eu.
• Say if you are part of a tech business, or a creator, like a musician, photographer, video editor or a writer.
• 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.
• It is a bad idea to make Internet companies responsible for enforcing copyright law. To ensure compliance and avoid penalty, platforms are sure to err on the side of caution and overblock.
• To ease compliance 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.
• No filter can possibly review every form of content covered in Article 13’s mandate including text, audio, video, images and software. Article 13 is technically infeasible.
You can find more background info about Article 13 HERE.