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Right now, the EU is debating plans to fix problems with copyright that affect you every day. But a powerful alliance is sabotaging these necessary updates.

Which 3 of these proposals are most important to you?

Current copywrong:

In Germany and Spain, efforts to introduce an ancilliary copyright for press publishers have failed spectacularly: Free linking was restricted and innovation on the web threatened with no actual gain for news publishers.

EU proposal:

Reject the introduction of such a law.
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Current copywrong:

"This content is not available in your country."

EU proposal:

Ban contracts that require video services to use geoblocking, as it's a form of user discrimination.
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Current copywrong:

What's allowed varies widely between EU countries. If you don't read up on the laws when travelling, you might become an outlaw!

EU proposal:

Make the exceptions and limitations to copyright mandatory across all EU member states. Read more
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Current copywrong:

Artists don't have lawyers. Publishers and labels have armies of them. Guess who has the upper hand in contract negotiations?

EU proposal:

Protect artists from expoitative total buy-out contracts Europe-wide and allow them to take back their rights if unused. Read more
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Current copywrong:

Quoting some words is usually legal, but this hasn't been extended to videos or sound recordings – making YouTubers & podcasters outlaws.

EU proposal:

Exceptions like the one for quotation must apply to all forms of cultural expression in a technology-neutral manner. Read more
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Current copywrong:

Old artwork whose copyright has expired belongs to everyone. Yet some people claim digitising it grants new copyright.

EU proposal:

Digitisation of works that are commonly owned shouldn't grant new protection. Read more
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Current copywrong:

Libraries pay authors in return for the right to lend physical copies of books. But this right doesn't exist on the internet.

EU proposal:

Allow e-lending so that libraries can continue fulfilling their important social function. Read more
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Current copywrong:

In Germany you can freely post photos of public buildings online – but across the border in France the architect could sue you!

EU proposal:

Ensure freedom of panorama across Europe: Publishing pictures of what's permanently in the public must be legal. Read more
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Current copywrong:

Schools may often freely use physical books to teach from – but putting the same content on the school intranet as a PDF can be illegal.

EU proposal:

A Europe-wide comprehensive copyright exception for educational use Read more
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Current copywrong:

Copyright lasts 70 years after the author's death. The vast majority of works are not profitable that long – they simply become unavailable.

EU proposal:

Reduce the copyright term to the international standard of life + 50 years. Read more
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Current copywrong:

The law says you can make copies of media you purchased for private use – but in practice, digital locks often prevent you.

EU proposal:

Ensure that technical measures can't limit your legal rights. Read more
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Current copywrong:

Teenagers exchanging music online are made criminals by current laws. But frequently, a shared file is not a lost sale, but free advertising.

EU proposal:

Recognise a right to share non-commercially. Read more
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If you don't join the fight now, these "copywrongs" won't be fixed.

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Your personal agenda:

    Regarding the copyright report that you will vote on in the Legal Affairs Committee on June 16th...
  1. Please take a stand against an ancilliary copyright law on EU level.
    Vote against amendment #204.
  2. Please take a stand against all kinds of geoblocking, regardless of whether the blocked content is for purchase directly or funded by ads or public funds.
    Vote for amendments #412 and #322 and point #16 from the IMCO opinion.
    Give an example of when geoblocking affected you.
  3. Please support harmonising exceptions and limitations and making them mandatory across the EU so that my rights don't end or change at each border.
    Reject the amendments to point #11 of MEP Reda's report. Support the additions #353, #366 and point #15 from the IMCO opinion.
  4. Please support protecting artists from exploitation and unfair contracts.
    Vote for the compromise amendment on point #3 of MEP Reda's report and support the additions by amendments #107, #200 and #527.
  5. Please support extending quotation rights to audiovisual media.
    Support amendment #391
    Give an example of when you've quoted something in video or audio or if you're a fan of creators who do.
  6. Please safeguard the public domain by clarifying that making a digital copy of something that's free of copyright doesn't grant new copyright.
    Vote for the compromise amendment on point #6 in MEP Reda's report.
  7. Please allow libraries to e-lend books.
    Vote for amendments #348, #350 and for the compromise amendment on point #20 of MEP Reda's report.
  8. Please ensure freedom of panorama in Europe, so that sharing photos of public buildings is legal – no matter whether for commercial or non-commercial purposes.
    Reject any amendements that water down #16 of MEP Reda's report, vote for the original text.
  9. Please support a copyright exception that allows educational use of copyrighted materials, also in the digital world.
    Support the compromise on point #19 of MEP Reda's report and for amendment #364.
  10. Please support a shortening of copyright terms.
    Support the compromise on point #7 of MEP Reda's report and support point #18 from the ITRE opinion.
  11. Please ensure that technological protection (DRM) does not obstruct legal use of purchased content.
    Vote for point #26 from the IMCO opinion and point #29 from the ITRE opinion. Support the compromise on point #23 of MEP Reda's report and reject all amendments to point #24.
    Give an example of when DRM stood in the way of your legal activity (eg. making copies for private use).
  12. Please stop the criminalisation of personal, not-for-profit file sharing.
    Vote for amendments #507 and #355.
    Give an example of when file sharing was benefitial to an artist, e.g. you discovered an artist you became a fan of, attending concerts or buying their products later.
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