European Parliament vote in 2018
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Knowledge requires a modern copyright suitable for an open Internet.
A proposed new copyright package in the European Union is a threat to our fundamental right to freely share information.
On July 5, 2018, The Plenary of the European Parliament will vote whether to proceed with a copyright directive proposal opposed by an unanimous civil society and even by some committees of the Parliament.
Since 2013, creators and citizens have asked the European Union to fix copyright and make it suitable for the digital age. Wikimedia associations in EU have advanced feasible proposals, such as the extension of freedom of panorama to the whole EU and the protection of the public domain, both of which help authors produce their works.
The Legal Affairs committee on June 20 has instead decided to proceed with measures which will further fragment the Internet and cage millions of citizens within the limits of upload filters and preemptive authorisation by few big players.
We believe that citizens deserve a wider discussion of this copyright proposal.
We call on all Members of the European Parliament to vote against the current text so that the Plenary can reconsider some common sense amendments and ensure the democracy of the process.
(Photo EP in Strasbourg by Alfredovic, 2010, Creative Commons BY-SA.)