FSFE Newsletter - October 2017

Free Software Foundation Europe press at fsfe.org
Tue Oct 24 19:09:50 CEST 2017

 = FSFE Newsletter - October 2017 =

[ Read online: https://fsfe.org/news/nl/nl-201710.en.html ]

 == Tell the EU to Save Code Share in the current EU Copyright debate! ==

The EU is currently revising its copyright rules in its proposal for the
EU Copyright Directive in the Digital Single Market [1], so that they
may be more suitable for the modern digital age. Instead of recognising
the realities of how different content is being shared online, the
current EU Copyright Directive proposal, and in particular its Article
13 targeted at online hosting providers, threatens [2] our ability to
access public code repositories and share code online. The new rules
enshrined in Article 13 intend to introduce new obligations for code
hosting platforms in order to prevent any possible copyright
infringement: if they do not implement these, the platforms will end up
being directly liable for their users' activity. Article 13 thus imposes
the use of costly upload filters in order to identify allegedly
infringing code. The problem with such a requirement is that there are
no known automated filters that can accurately identify whether the code
is shared adequately and without breaching a respective Free Software
licence. In addition, Article 13 imposes a far-reaching monitoring
obligation on code hosting platforms to actively search for infringing
activity by their users. Article 13 treats every user of code hosting
platforms as a potential copyright infringer whose content, including
entire code repositories, may be taken down, or barred from upload to
the platform, at any time. If code is so easily "unpublished", all other
software built on top of it will be hampered.

For more information on how Article 13 poses a threat to the ability to
build software online, please visit Save Code Share [3] and read our
White Paper [4].

   [ In the online version you can find a picture here:          ]
   [ FSFE booth at FrOSCon 2017					 ]
   [ https://fsfe.org/news/nl/nl-201710 			 ]


Help us grow and make a difference in 2017 [5]


 == What else have we done? Inside and Outside the FSFE ==

- The success of our Public Money? Public Code! [6] campaign so far has
  been overwhelming. At the time of writing, more than 13.000
  individuals have signed the open letter [7] and the campaign has been
  backed by the support of more than 80 organisations. The campaign has
  gained attention from huge press coverage [8]; many prominent people,
  developers, artists, CEOs and politicians have joined our demand that
  whenever software is financed by public money it should be public
  code. If you have not done so already, join us now and sign the open
  letter [9].

- Jonas Öberg, the FSFE Executive Director, blogged about updates [10]
  and templates to the FSFE's REUSE campaign [11]. In his blog post he
  presents three different Git repositories, each of which is REUSE
  compliant, and which demonstrate different parts of recommended REUSE

- Kristi Progri, project assistant for the FSFE, blogged about our
  ongoing identity process and how to become part of the involved
  interview process [12].

- Polina Malaja, our policy analyst and legal coordinator, gave a talk
  at CopyCamp in Warsaw, Poland, about the implications of the current
  EU Copyright Directive proposal for the collaborative software
  environment, and our campaign Save Code Share.

- Carmen Bakker and Erik Da Silva, current interns at the FSFE, gave a
  talk during Copycamp in Warsaw about our Public Money Public Code
  campaign. Find a short report and a video on Carmen's blog [13].

- Erik Albers, program manager and community coordinator of the FSFE,
  gave a talk about Free Software campaigning in the forefront of
  elections [14] at the Kieler Linuxtage, Germany.

- On Software Freedom Day, Polina Malaja gave a talk about Public Money
  Public Code [15] in the c-base, Berlin.

- During the Digitale Woche Kiel, Erik Albers gave a talk about Public
  Money Public Code [16] and how it helps with the current coalition
  agreement in Schleswig-Holstein.

 == Do not miss it! Upcoming events with the FSFE ==

We are preparing the first-of-its-kind FSFE community meeting. It will
take place on November 25 & 26 in Berlin. We therefore invite all active
community members, and those who would like to become active again, to
come together and collaborate. Seats are limited due to physical
restrictions. If you would like to participate read all details on the
dedicated wiki-page [17].

 == Get Active ==

Tell the Members of the European Parliament and the EU Council to secure
collaborative software development online, and in particular the sharing
of Free Software, by signing the Open Letter, both as an individual
and/or an organisation at Save Code Share [18]! Please spread the word
about the negative implications of the current EU Copyright Directive
proposal within your networks #savecodeshare [19]. Tell EU policy makers
that there is no place for upload filters when it comes to sharing code
as Free Software!

 == Contribute to our newsletter ==

If you would like to share any thoughts, pictures, or news, send them to
us. As always, the address is newsletter at fsfe.org. We're looking forward
to hearing from you!

Thanks to our community, all the volunteers [20], supporters [21] and
donors [22] who make our work possible. And thanks to our translators
[23], who enable you to read this newsletter in your mother tongue.

Your editors,
Polina Malaja and Erik Albers


Help us grow and make a difference in 2017 [24]


  1: http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=CELEX:52016PC0593
  2: https://fsfe.org/news/2017/news-20171005-01.en.html
  3: https://savecodeshare.eu/
  5: https://fsfe.org/join/nl2017-10
  6: https://publiccode.eu/
  7: https://publiccode.eu/openletter/
  8: https://wiki.fsfe.org/Activities/PMPC/Press
  9: https://publiccode.eu/#action
 10: http://blog.jonasoberg.net/reuse-templates/
 11: https://reuse.software/
 12: https://kristiprogri.com/2017/09/20/fsfe-identity-process/
 15: http://wiki.softwarefreedomday.org/2017/Germany/Berlin/JointSFDBerlin
 16: https://digitalewochekiel.de/programm/public-money-public-code/
 17: https://wiki.fsfe.org/Events/2017/the-fsfe-community-meeting-2017
 18: https://savecodeshare.eu/#sign-letter
 19: https://savecodeshare.eu/
 20: https://fsfe.org/contribute/contribute
 21: http://fsfe.org/join
 22: https://fsfe.org/donate/thankgnus
 23: https://fsfe.org/contribute/translators/translators

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