The draft law is intended to tackle hateful comments on online forums, but digital rights advocates and opposition politicians call it a direct attack on fundamental rights and the freedom of the internet.
The European Parliament has passed a new copyright regulation promising to give content creators fair pay for their work, but a controversial part of the law also threatens free speech and the free and open internet in Europe.
After half of the EU countries refused to accept the Romanian presidency’s compromise text for the draft Copyright Directive, talks seemed to reach a halt mid-January. Early this week a new compromise was found – but it maintains the threat of censorship.
The next vote on a new EU copyright regulation is just around the corner – our last chance to demand a law that safeguards our free speech online. Add your voice to ours and help protect the freedom of the internet!
Members of the European Parliament rejected the Copyright Directive proposal in its current form, leaving time until September to find a free speech-friendly solution instead of the proposed upload filtering.