Copyright Directive – EU safeguards Free Software at the last minute

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Tue Mar 26 11:59:50 UTC 2019

 = Copyright Directive – EU safeguards Free Software at the last minute =

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The European Parliament adopted the controversial Copyright Directive by
348 votes in favour, 274 votes against and 36 abstentions. Today's vote
marks the end of years of debate in the European Union. Heated
discussions about the introduction of upload filters ended up in
protests of tens of thousands people in the streets all across Europe.
In a last minute action back in September 2018, the European Parliament
adopted an amendment and pushed it through the trilogue to at least
protect Free and Open Source Software.

    “We are glad we were able to raise awareness and understanding of
    what drives software development in Europe nowadays among many
    policy makers. The exclusion of Free Software code hosting and
    sharing providers from this directive is crucial to keep Free
    Software development in Europe healthy, solid and alive. we are
    dismayed that the EU missed the opportunity to renew copyright to a
    reasonable extent. As upload filters are now introduced, we urge the
    European Commission to avoid filtering monopolies by companies this
    directive actually intended to regulate. We call on the European
    Commission to promote the dissemination of Free Software filter
    technologies, including financial support, for instance within the
    framework of research programmes Horizon2020 and Horizon Europe.”
    says Alexander Sander, Policy Manager of the Free Software
    Foundation Europe.

The Free Software Foundation Europe and Open Forum Europe started a
campaign to “ Save Code Share [1] ” in 2017. More than 14.000 people
supported our call with an open letter which requests EU legislators to
preserve the ability to collaboratively build software online in current
EU Copyright Directive proposal.


  == About the Free Software Foundation Europe ==

  Free Software Foundation Europe is a charity that empowers users to
  control technology. Software is deeply involved in all aspects of our
  lives; and it is important that this technology empowers rather than
  restricts us. Free Software gives everybody the rights to use,
  understand, adapt and share software. These rights help support other
  fundamental freedoms like freedom of speech, press and privacy.

  The FSFE helps individuals and organisations to understand how Free
  Software contributes to freedom, transparency, and self-determination.
  It enhances users' rights by abolishing barriers to Free Software
  adoption, encourage people to use and develop Free Software, and
  provide resources to enable everyone to further promote Free Software
  in Europe.

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