LIBER has signed an open letter urging European lawmakers to put EU copyright reform back on track.
The letter was sent to Ministers attending the Competitiveness Council, European Parliament Rapporteur MEP Therese Comodini Cachia and her colleagues. It has so far been backed by more than 60 civil society and trade associations, including publishers, journalists, libraries, scientific and research institutions, consumers, digital rights groups, start-ups, technology businesses, educational institutions and creator representatives.
It points out that the draft proposal issued by the European Commission lacks ambition and comprises various provisions that represent major pitfalls. The signatories ask European lawmakers to ‘oppose the most damaging aspects of the proposal, but also to embrace a more ambitious agenda for positive reform’. Three key messages are highlighted:
- Article 13 (‘censorship filter’): Do not impose private censorship on EU citizens by filtering user uploaded content. Article 13 should be removed from the copyright negotiations and dealt with in appropriate contexts.
- Article 11 (press publishers’ right): Do not create new copyrights. Remove any creation of additional rights such as the press publishers’ right in Article 11.
- Articles 3-9: Put Europe on the map by enabling innovation, research and education. European lawmakers can do so by taking positive steps in revisiting Articles 3 to 9 which cover areas such as innovation, research and education, to ensure that these provisions are applied broadly and uniformly across the EU, without being overridden by contractual terms or technological protection measures, and that the proposed text and data mining exception benefits all persons with legal access to content.
The letter concludes by calling upon the European lawmakers “to deliver a reform that is fit for purpose in the digital environment and that upholds and strengthens fundamental principles such as the rights of citizens to freedom of communication and access to knowledge”.