Mozilla launches campaign to the reform of copyright law in the EU

Mozilla presented a lobbying tool developed together with the Amsterdam Design Studio moniker with Paperstorm. The comprehensive application of outdated copyright rules slowing down advanced offerings or make useless the Web largely threaten the aim is to initiate a reform of copyright law in the EU, but according to the activists. Mozilla has pointed out the need to reform several times, through messages on the Firefox home page. Now the user will be included but stronger.

so that Mozilla is a similar path as already tool postal Crimes, were given the opportunity users with, to engage in the so-called freedom of panorama. With Paperstorm.it to “policy makers prompted be to adapt EU intellectual property law for the Internet age”, Mozilla explains. This user can discard virtual flyer on the reform of copyright law on digital counterparts of European landmarks, around the Palace of culture in Warsaw or the European Parliament in Strasbourg. After a certain number of users has participated, EU decision makers get a social media notification, with which they are prompted to support the reform.

 with virtual dropped leaflets on landmark in European cities users can contribute, that EU leaders about their social media channels are invited to contemporary Urheberechtsreformen (screenshot: silicon.de) with virtual dropped leaflets on landmark in European cities users can contribute, that EU leaders about their social media channels are invited to contemporary Urheberechtsreformen (screenshot : silicon.de)

Mozilla this campaign has started now, because according to the Organization, is a good time for this: “currently the legislature working on amendments to the proposal for a new version, with this process at the end of the year to be completed. These changes have the potential to make our copyright – clearly Internet-friendly or but also vice versa, to make it even more restrictive and more the realities of the 20th century according to.”

Mozilla helped activists in the past year, hundreds of thousands of signatures gathered to plead for a contemporary copyright law reform which does not protect traditional rights in the first place, but takes account of the facts of the Internet age. Some of the proposed changes to the EU Commission draft were already taken into account. This includes for example waiver required upload filter or initially proposed extending copyright on links and snippets.

according to Raegan MacDonald, senior EU policy Manager at Mozilla, it is however too early to rest on the achievements: “falls short of the draft of the European Commission on the modernization of the copyright for the 21st century. It would interfere with more innovation and creativity on the Web than to promote it.” As particularly worrisome, he finds the demand after compulsory upload filters. You would force online offerings such as Soundcloud, eBay and Wikipedia to monitor all there posted content, in order to protect the copyright. “Such obligation would have disastrous effects on the ecosystem of the Internet would prevent free speech and slowing down smaller players”, so MacDonald next.

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