On July 5, 2018, The Plenary of the European Parliament will vote whether to proceed with a copyright directive proposal opposed by an unanimous civil society and even by some committees of the Parliament.
Since 2013, creators and citizens have asked the European Union to fix copyright and make it suitable for the digital age. Wikimedia associations in EU have advanced feasible proposals, such as the extension of freedom of panorama to the whole EU and the protection of the public domain, both of which help authors produce their works.
The Legal Affairs committee on June 20 has instead decided to proceed with measures which will further fragment the Internet and cage millions of citizens within the limits of upload filters and preemptive authorisation by few big players.
We believe that citizens deserve a wider discussion of this copyright proposal.