Fwd: Call to Action: Save Free Software this September

Michael Kesper mkesper at fsfe.org
Mon Sep 10 10:05:06 UTC 2018

Dear list members,

time is running up for this campaign, please participate and spread the


> In the context of our https://savecodeshare.eu/ campaign we just
> published this call to action:
> We would be happy if you spread this message to your networks: https:
> //fsfe.org/news/2018/news-20180905-02.de.html
> Free Software is at risk! On the 12th of September the EU is getting
> ready to vote on a "Copyright Reform" package, which undermines the
> foundations upon which Free Software is built. The proposed Article
> 13 of the EU Copyright Directive targets every online service that
> allows its users to upload and share content with each other,
> including code hosting platforms.
> Let's call upon European policy makers to delete the threat posed
> against Free Software in the Copyright Directive.
> The widespread reuse of Free Software is a foundation of the
> Internet, as code can be used, studied, shared and improved by each
> user. It would be wrong to take this freedom for granted. Since most
> of the internet medium is compiled and reused as Free Software, the
> ruling would dismantle the media ecosystem.
> We are getting ready for the EU's vote on a "Copyright Reform"
> package, in order to remove a section of its terms and conditions
> that looks to hamper Free Software development and code-sharing.
> Every Internet user, who shares information, media, and code with the
> public, has been targeted in the proposed directive. The idea in
> Article 13 is that Free Software is a cause for copyright violations
> and that, therefore, upload-filters should be created by internet
> platforms.
> There are even a variety of types of governmental organisations,
> facilitated and powered by Free Software. In fact, on just one of the
> major code hosting platforms, over 128 government organisations from
> over 17 European governments have, in total, licensed 4594 instances
> of Free Software on code-hosting platforms, at the time of writing.
> [1] They are, as follows: Open Government initiatives, Cutural
> heritage directories, Ecology research departments and agencies,
> Digitalisation projects, Emergency Services, Information Systems,
> Election Services, Transport networks, Education institutions, Energy
> services, Mapping and Geographical research institutes, Statistical
> bureaus, Business departments, Law courts, Security groups, and
> Departments of Finance.
> So, for those inside the EU, now's the time to do your bit and to
> communicate with an MEP, who represents your country, in order to
> notify your support for Free Software in the face of Article 13 in
> the Copyright Directive.
> Do that at http://saveyourinternet.eu, where there are tips on who
> and how to address and send your message. When you're ready, you can
> even use a tool [2], created by EDRi and Open Media, to directly call
> and e-mail your MEP.
> Let's call upon European policy makers to delete the threat posed
> against Free and Open Source Software in the Copyright Directive.
> Best regards,
> Alex
> [1] https://government.github.com/community/
> [2] https://www.liberties.eu/en/news/copyright-campaign-call-your-mep
> /14733
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