Ruth from Openmedia writes, "This Thursday legislators in the EU Parliament are voting on proposals in the EU for mass content filters, and restrictions on links, all in the name of 'updating copyright.
The draft law proposes requiring that all sites where users generate the content (Reddit, Tumblr, Github, Boing Boing itself etc) must build censorship algorithms that monitor and block your content, before publishing, if it looks like it infringes copyright. The plan also includes new powers for media giants to charge fees for linking to their content. This will have a devastating impact on access to information. These rules make open data impossible, add unnecessary costs to libraries, and charge researchers for using references.
Phone calls are the most effective method of getting attention from decision makers.
That's why we're asking you to call your MEP responsible for civil liberties to vote against these measures in a key vote this Thursday.
You can make a difference by calling your MEP and speak directly with your representatives who will be casting the key votes.
Tell your MEP: Stop Copyright Censorship
On Wednesday, the Legislative Committee of the European Union narrowly voted to keep the two most controversial internet censorship and surveillance proposals in European history in the upcoming revision to the Copyright Directive -- as soon as July Fourth, the whole European Parliament could vote to make this the law of 28 EU member-states.
Wednesday's vote to press ahead with mandatory copyright filters for the European internet is catastrophic for the web: starting a new business just got $60-100 million more expensive, because building filters for every kind of copyrighted work ain't cheap.
This morning, the EU's legislative affairs committee (JURI) narrowly voted to include two controversial proposals in upcoming, must-pass copyright reforms: both Article 11 (no linking to news stories without permission and a paid license) and Article 13 (all material posted by Europeans must first be evaluated by a copyright filter and blocked if they appear […]
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