The stupidest EU proposal that you can and want to block NOW

Here is my own humble summary of the stupidest idea you NEED to block now in Europe, in the simplest possible terms.

On June 20th, 2018, the Legal Affairs Committee of the European Parliament will vote on what has been defined an apocaliptycally STUPID proposal of copyright reform because it contains two articles (13 and 11) that are “poorly thought through, poorly drafted, unworkable—and dangerous”:

“The collateral damage [those articles] will impose on every realm of public life can’t be overstated. The Internet, after all, is inextricably bound up in the daily lives of hundreds of millions of Europeans and an entire constellation of sites and services will be adversely affected by Article 13. Europe can’t afford to place education, employment, family life, creativity, entertainment, business, protest, politics, and a thousand other activities at the mercy of unaccountable algorithmic filters”.

Two great ways to quickly understand why and how dangerous this copyright reform is are :

  • this very simple “3 minutes summary” of the whole mess
  • this “excellent visualisation of how EU copyright might look in a few years unless we manage to convince the European Parliament to stop this nonsense” (*):
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<a href="" target="_blank">Click here or below to tell your European Parliament Representative how STUPID this proposal is</a>


If you are a European concerned about these proposals, here is a tool for contacting your European Parliament Representative and here is another.

(*) via @paul_keller and @petermurrayrust on Twitter