Open Letter on EU Copyright Reform
News, NEMO activities, EU Culture Policy, Copyrights, Museums in a Digital World, Advocacy | 29.05.2017

NEMO is among the over 60 signatories of the open letter to the Ministers attending the Competitiveness Council and European Parliament Rapporteur MEP Therese Comodini Cachia asking the European lawmakers to oppose some of the aspects of the proposal.

Today, 29 May 2017, over 60 civil society and trade associations sent this open letter to the Ministers attending the Competitiveness Council and European Parliament Rapporteur MEP Therese Comodini Cachia, who, among other things, is a member of the JURI and CULT committees of the European Parliament and her colleagues.

In the letter the signatories highlight weaknesses and possible pitfalls of the draft proposal issued by the European Commission.
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", highlighting three key messages:

  • 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”.

The signatories represent publishers, libraries, museums, scientific and research institutions, consumers, digital rights groups, start-ups, technology businesses, educational institutions and creator representatives.The letter is part of the Copyright For Creativity (C4C) initiative, NEMO is a member of.

Find the open letter here.