The Copyright in the Digital Single Market Directive proposal aims to adapt the EU copyright framework to new realities. In our opinion the proposal fails in doing this, and unless both articles 11 and 13 are removed, it is better if the entire proposed directive is rejected.
According to the plenary agenda, the vote will take place on Tuesday March 26, 2019, somewhere between 12:30 and 14:30 CET (11:30 - 13:30 UTC).
Inform yourself and – politely – call your Member of the European Parliament. Explain to them why they should vote against both articles 11 and 13, and why they should vote to reject the entire proposed directive unless both articles are removed.
Currently, copyright on the Internet is governed by article 14 of the eCommerce directive. It provides balance, as it does not allow mandatory filtering, instead sharing the responsibility for enforcement between rights holders and service providers. This greatly contributed to the growth of the Internet.
Article 13 would overturn that balance as, in practice, it would force platforms to filter user content uploaded to their sites. This comes with false positives that undermine the public domain and copyright's limitations and exceptions, with negative effects on education, journalism, human rights activism, memes and remix art in general.
Article 11 suppresses linking to news.
We believe the European Parliament should at least remove articles 11 and 13. Unless both of the articles are removed from the directive, the Parliament should vote to reject the entire proposed directive.