Kategorie EU Commission

Stop the censorship machine!   Am 13. März 2017 - 18:38 Uhr von Tom Hirche

Besides the introduction of an ancillary copyright for press publishers a.k.a. the link tax, the European Commission also wants internet platforms to apply automated upload filtering technologies to all of their user's content. Together with 27 other civil society organisations, we have signed an open letter addressed to the European Institutions and urge them to delete this proposal.

If the upload filtering system detects material that it assumes to be infringing on other's copyrights, it will block the upload. But it is not able to understand exceptions to copyright like parody or quotation. For this reason, an automated upload filtering technology will do great harm to free speech and thus to democracy. Copyright owners will be given an immense power that can easily be abused to censor certain content. Once again the Commission has only listened to the rightholders and has ignored other voices completely. It is high time to stop the introduction of this censorship machine!

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"Implementation of the old copyright industries' wishlist, with little that addresses online users' needs"   Am 14. September 2016 - 20:17 Uhr von Tom Hirche

Today, the EU Commission has published its plans on introducing an ancillary copyright for basically any press publisher lasting a little over 20 years. Glyn Moody wrote an article published by ArsTechnika UK criticizing the draft. Weiter

Innovators and publishers against ancillary copyright   Am 10. Juni 2016 - 11:39 Uhr von Tom Hirche

There are two new websites (links below) regarding the creation of a new ancillary or neighbouring right for (press) publishers in the EU answering all the relevant questions digital entrepreneurs, startups and publishers might have. The aim is to inform these groups what a negativ impact such a right would have on them and their business. Also provided are two open letters you can sign to sperak out against these rights. The sites are available in English, French, Polish, German, Italian and Spanish. Check them out and spread the word!

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Voices so loud the EU cannot ignore them   Am 14. Mai 2016 - 16:09 Uhr von Tom Hirche

Last Thursday, OpenMedia's Ruth Coustick-Deal met with the MEPs Julia Reda, Marietje Schaake, Vicky Ford, Josef Weidenholzer and Daniel Dalton to deliver all 3737 responses people from all over the EU submitted using the Save the Link survey on the European Commission's public consultation on online platforms. Weiter

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The link is not save, yet!   Am 8. Mai 2016 - 15:56 Uhr von Tom Hirche

The EU Commission's public consultation on the role of publishers in the copyright value chain and on the 'panorama exception' is still running. That gives you the chance to speak up for a free Internet and to prevent the Commisson from proposing an ancillary copyright that will hurt everybody. Weiter