Say No to Online Censorship in Europe!

The EU is finalising a new censorship proposal. If it becomes law, the content you try to upload and share with your friends will be filtered out and banned by bots, all in the name of copyright protection. Send our email to European parliamentarians!

Send an email to European parliamentarians urging them to vote against this proposal. Act now! It’s about our freedom to speak. It’s about censorship.

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If the new EU copyright proposal is passed, we will be living in a new era of censorship. YouTube, Facebook and other file-sharing platforms would be forced to implement new algorithms to check whether the content you upload has any copyrighted elements. Bots would judge what you can share – and what can be shared with you. They would filter out and ban anything that might cause a problem. Any problem. It’s about our freedom to speak. It’s about censorship.

Don’t let this happen! Stand up for free speech in Europe and protest against this proposal by sending an email to European parliamentarians of the JURI Committee now!

Copyright protection is important for everyone. But with this proposal, the EU has developed the wrong tool for the job. They want online companies like YouTube and Facebook to check everything that ordinary people put on the internet and filter out any upload that contains copyrighted material.

How will these companies achieve this? With bots, of course. And because companies would rather be overly cautious than risk a fine, these bots will be so strict that we won’t be able to upload anything that has even the slightest chance of infringing copyright. That video of your friends having at a music festival that you wanted to post to Facebook? Banned because there’s copyrighted music in the background. That hilarious meme you wanted to tweet? Banned because it uses an image from a film.

We can’t rely on bots to draw the line between what’s free speech and what’s genuinely pirated material. And it’s not only your free speech at stake here. Your right to a private life is also under threat, because the only way these companies can filter your uploads is by constantly monitoring you.

It’s not too late to stop this proposal, but your support is crucial. Please take a second to send this email to members of the European Parliament and ask them to vote against this proposal.

Read what has happened so far

Free-Speech Pitfall Avoided in EU Copyright Reform
Monitoring and Filtering of Internet Content is Unacceptable

Want to learn more about what makes the draft copyright law so bad? Here are some articles

What’s Wrong With the EU’s Filtering Solutions?
Our Freedom of Speech Is Threatened by the European Copyright Proposal
Estonian EU Presidency calls for massive internet filtering

Our allies in this battle




Frënn vun der Ënn:

Index on Censorship:

Associazione Antigone:

Italian Coalition for Civil Liberties and Rights:

Rights International Spain:

Estonian Human Rights Centre:

Polish Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights:

Hungarian Civil Liberties Union:

The League of Human Rights (LIGA):

Human Rights Monitoring Institute:

The Association for the Defense of Human Rights in Romania – the Helsinki Committee:

D3 - Defesa dos Direitos Digitais:

Bits of Freedom:

JUMEN e.V. - Legal Human Rights Work in Germany

Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT)

Copyright for Creativity C4C

Centrum Cyfrowe

Access Info Europe

Open Media