Julia Reda – Breaking: The text of Article 13 and the EU Copyright Directive has just been finalised


This EU law will fundamentally change the internet as we know it – if it is adopted in the upcoming final vote. But we can still prevent that!

The history of this law is a shameful one. From the very beginning, the purpose of Articles 11 and 13 was never to solve clearly-defined issues in copyright law with well-assessed measures, but to serve powerful special interests, with hardly any concern for the collateral damage caused.

In the relentless pursuit of this goal, concerns by independent academics, fundamental rights defenders, independent publishers, startups and many others were ignored.


I think there are not many winners of this fiasco if this gets taken to use. EU citizens will loose. I expect that most of the EU publishing industry will loose a lot on collareral damage. Some publishers who asked for this will propably celebrate before they sink.

To be fair the EU Copyright Directive seems to have done quite decent job of clearing things outside Articles 11 and 13. But those Articles 11 and 13 seem to be total disasters based on all the reports on them I have read. Hopefully they can be still be stopped.


  1. Tomi Engdahl says:

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  3. Tomi Engdahl says:

    epicenter.works, an Austrian digital rights NGO, has just published a Pledge tool, developed independently from any major interest groups or tech giants. It allows you to call your MEPs for free and encourage them to pledge their vote against #uploadfilters and any copyright directive containing #article13. In addition, you yourself can pledge that you will not give your vote to someone who votes otherwise during the Parliament elections in May.

    EU elections 2019:
    We will only vote for politicians who vote against Article 13
    and say no to upload filters

  4. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Article 13 is back on – and it got worse, not better

  5. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Google News may shut over EU plans to charge tax for links

    Search engine is lobbying hard to stop proposed tax, aimed at compensating news publishers

  6. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Freddy Mayhew / Press Gazette:
    More than 200 publishing and music organizations, including Reuters and the Press Association, call for adoption of the new EU copyright directive — The Press Association, Evening Standard, Independent and Reuters are among more than 200 publishing and music organisations across Europe calling …

    PA, Standard, Independent and Reuters among 200+ organisations urging MEPs to pass new EU copyright law

    The copyright directive has already been agreed by all three EU political institutions, but must pass a final vote by a full meeting of the European Parliament at the end of this mont before member states will have two years to create national legislation to match.

    If passed, it would mean online platforms could continue to share only “very short” news snippets before infringing the copyright of the publishers who produced the content, with provisions to stop news aggregators from abusing this.

  7. Tomi Engdahl says:

    James Vincent / The Verge:
    Four European Wikipedia sites are blocking access and directing users to contact their EU representatives on March 21 to protest the copyright directive — Sites including Reddit, Twitch, and PornHub are also encouraging users in the EU to contact local politicians

    European Wikipedias have been turned off for the day to protest dangerous copyright laws

    Sites including Reddit, Twitch, and PornHub are also encouraging users in the EU to contact local politicians

  8. Tomi Engdahl says:

    The EU Copyright Directive threatens OpenStreetMap

    The European Parliament passed the bill on 12 September 2018 despite noticeable civil society protest. Since then, the European Commission, the Council of Europe and representatives of the parliament, negotiated a compromise. It is expected that the parliament will vote on the compromise in the last week of March. We think that passing the bill would harm the OpenStreetMap and many other small and medium-sized platforms – regardless of whether they are commercial or not. If OpenStreetMap had to invest more resources on pre-filtering content than on anything else, the project would be a shadow of its former self. If nothing changes, a dark future awaits us.

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