To: Members of the European Parliament
The Internet as we know it is in danger. Proposed changes to the EU’s copyright legislation are on the agenda of the European Parliament. If passed, they would fundamentally change the way content creators and users experience the Internet on a daily basis, harming authors and their fans alike.
The most problematic proposal is the introduction of upload filters - automated algorithms that scan every uploaded photo, video, article for possible copyright infringement before the content is published. The effect? Videos of cute kittens could be taken down because a copyrighted song can be heard in the distance. Your karaoke photos can get flagged because there is a poster or picture with a trademark in the background. Your story might not upload for several hours while the filter is running through all the existing content to check for potential violations.
Small online newspapers, blogs and fact checking websites are also among those affected - and these sites keep our internet diverse, reliable and free for the press.
We want the Internet to be instant, spontaneous and free. It has become an everyday part of our lives. The current proposal by the European Council and the European Parliament would change that. We must make sure this proposal doesn't pass the plenary vote of the European Parliament.
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