Urgent Call for Action:
On 20-21 June, the European Parliament will vote on the Copyright Directive. Members of the parliament are the only ones that can stand in the way of bad copyright legislation.
Tell them you need them to protect your Internet against surveillance and censorship machines!
»The internet is a global public resource that must remain open and accessible.«
Principle 2 of The Mozilla Manifesto
We at DiEM25 see the Internet as the most powerful resource for communication and collaboration resource that humanity has ever had. The possibilities of freedom of expression and civil discourse – despite the many problems such as Fake News – are to be defended. The internet has made it possible for thousands of artists, activists, creators, authors and bloggers to speak out. An important means was and is the internet meme culture.
What if this image was illegal?
Memes are an effective way to communicate and have already affected a whole generation of users to creatively use digital resources. The Art of Collage, Remix and Creative Recycling of texts, sounds, images and ideas is a crucial part of the cultural repertoire of the 20th and 21st century.
»Individuals must have the ability to shape the internet and their own experiences on it.«
Principle 5 of The Mozilla Manifesto
In his project »Everything Is a Remix« the filmmaker Kirby Fergusson has impressively shown how not only film and popular culture, but the whole human history of knowledge is based on copying, recombining and transforming existing ideas.
The end of remix and sharing culture?
On 25 May, the European Council agreed to a negotiating position on the draft copyright directive. This will allow the presidency of the Council to start negotiations with the European Parliament on mass monitoring and filtering of internet uploads and a chaotic new “ancillary copyright” measure that will make it harder to link to and quote news sources.
This reform proposals contains two toxic suggestions:
Every upload to an internet platform should be automatically filtered to prevent copyright infringement. The responsible systems are already being accused of making ridiculously wrong decisions – the so-called algorithmic over-blocking – and a lack of transparency.
What is algorithmic over-blocking? Christophe Bruno has collected some amusing examples in his project logohallucination :
The proposed law includes powers for media giants to charge licensing fees for posting links, through a new type of copyright, aka the link tax.
Update: Member State governments have just adopted their position on #copyright, with no significant changes to the #CensorshipMachines and #LinkTax provisions. It is now up to Parliament to stop them and #FixCopyright. https://t.co/1JwNvQn24n pic.twitter.com/KAgqV3YYG1
— Julia Reda (@Senficon) May 25, 2018
What can we do to save our internet?
In our thematic DSC “Democratic Technologies”, we work on the regulations of the future and on preventing or correcting undesirable developments, as described above.
We have a lot of plans and we still need fellow combatants. If you want to join us now or in future meetings, please find more infos in the Mattermost-Team of the DSC Berlin in the designated channel “P7 Tech Sovereignty”, write an e-mail to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org or hit me up on twitter.
Find more infos on our communication platform Mattermost here.
The calendar can be found here.