More Than 60 Groups, Companies Urge EU To Step Up Copyright Reform 29/05/2017 by Intellectual Property Watch 1 Comment Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)A range of civil society groups and companies today urged the European Union to embrace a more ambitious agenda for reform of the Union’s copyright law. The list of companies and organisations includes the Computer and Communications Industry Association (CCIA), Mozilla, Creative Commons, European Digital Rights, Center for Democracy and Technology, European Internet Service Providers Association (EuroISPA), International Federation of Libraries and Associations, Electronic Frontier Foundation, Bitkom and many more. The coalition’s letter if available here [pdf]. “The signatories to this open letter are committed to Europe’s Digital Single Market,” it states. “We ask you now, as co-drafters of EU law, to deliver a reform that is fit for purpose in the digital environment and that upholds and strengthens fundamental principles such as the rights of citizens to freedom of communication and access to knowledge.” A press release from CCIA is reproduced below. Today, CCIA and over 60 civil society organisations and trade associations representing Internet users, online services, startups, publishers and research and educational institutions from all over the European Union urge European lawmakers to put the reform on copyright in the Digital Single Market back on the right track. In an open letter, the signatories denounce the copyright proposal as “backward-looking”, and failing “to meet the expectations of European citizens and businesses”. They urge the European Parliament and the European Council to “embrace a more ambitious agenda for positive reform” and to “oppose the most damaging aspects of the proposal”, by rejecting: the implementation of mandatory filters for user-uploaded content, which would impose private censorship upon European citizens; and the creation of new exclusive rights for press publishers, which would strongly undermine the free flow of information on the Internet; The following can be attributed to CCIA Europe Public Policy Manager Maud Sacquet: “The copyright proposal would cause the end of Internet as we know it. Today’s open-letter shows the alarm amongst a wide range of stakeholders, from start-ups to citizen rights advocates, the technology industry, libraries and research institutes across the European Union. CCIA urges the European Parliament and Council to put the copyright reform back on the right track. There is still time”. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Related "More Than 60 Groups, Companies Urge EU To Step Up Copyright Reform" by Intellectual Property Watch is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.