New open letter representing a broad spectrum of stakeholders

Am 4. Dezember 2017 - 14:37 Uhr von Tom Hirche

Together with over 80 other organizations, we have co-signed an open letter to the Ministers attending the Competitiveness Council and the EU institutions last week to once again warn them of causing severe damage.

The signees represent human and digital rights activists, media freedom promoters, publishers, journalists, libraries, scientific and research institutions, educational institutions including universities, creator representatives, consumers, software developers, start-ups, technology businesses and Internet service providers.

We know that this is not the first open letter related to the proposed copyright directive and that all arguments have already been shared. For this reason, this new open letter has been limited to a single and strong sentence:

"We write to you to share our respectful but serious concerns that discussions in the Council and European Commission on the Copyright Directive are on the verge of causing irreparable damage to our fundamental rights and freedoms, our economy and competitiveness, our education and research, our innovation and competition, our creativity and our culture."

 The letter than refers to 29 (!) previous letters and analyzes sent by stakeholders and experts warning against the negative impacts of certain proposals (like the link tax in Article 11) and explaining why in more detail.

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