Time is running out for Europe to
On March 26, the EU Parliament will vote to approve or reject the final text of the EU Copyright Directive. Despite some very real efforts to make this Copyright Directive work, the Wikimedia Foundation cannot support the Directive as is.
Although there are important wins for the open community in the current text , the inclusion of Articles 11 and 13 will harm the way people find and share information online (see our blog post for full details).
- Article 11 would allow news publishers to sell licenses for even the smallest snippets taken from online news sites. If no license fee is paid, the snippets would need to be removed from the search results and news aggregation lists. By imposing these burdens on websites that collect, organize, and make sense of the news, Article 11 will make it even harder to sort through the noise to find high-quality news sources for projects like Wikipedia.
- Article 13 creates new liability for websites that host user-generated content, if they are unable to ensure that infringing works are not re-uploaded to their sites. This would mean that all uploads to platforms would have to be scanned and treated as presumptively suspicious. Although non-commercial encyclopedias like Wikipedia are exempted, the greater internet ecosystem our communities rely upon will suffer if platforms are forced to privately enforce copyright.
This is the last chance for Europeans who care about access to knowledge and the sharing of diverse information on the internet to make their voice heard. If you are a European citizen, please contact the representatives in the European Parliament from your country and tell them that you cannot support a copyright reform that contains Articles 11 and 13!
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