Only you can #fixcopyright but you need to start acting now!

The European Parliament (EP) is discussing the European Commission (EC) proposal for a new European directive on copyright, that will endanger education and scientific research, freedom of expression and freedom of information.

The Members of European Parliament (MEP) submitted amendments to the EC’s proposal that are now being discussed and voted in EP’s committees according with the following timetable, taken from Julia Reda’s Website:

June 29, 2017 LIBE Vote on opinion
July 11, 2017? ITRE Vote on opinion
July 11, 2017 CULT Vote on opinion
July 12 or 13, 2017 JURI Debate of report amendments
September 7, 2017 JURI Debate of compromise amendments
October 9 or 10, 2017 JURI Vote on report
Winter 2017? EU Parliament Plenary Vote on report

We all need to contact our representatives in the European Parliament (MEPs) and tell them:
  • to support and vote favourably on those amendments that widen the scope of the TDM exception. Everyone that has legal access to texts and data should be allowed to mine those texts and data. The right to read is the right to mine. EC wants to allow only research centres to do TDM, and only for non commercial purposes, prohibiting startups, public entities, cultural heritage institutions, journalists and citizens to do it;
  • to support and vote favourably on those amendments related with technological measures. Technological measures (DRM) kill your right to exercise copyright exceptions in education, scientific research, cultural heritage, etc. We need to change this and now there’s an opportunity: if those amendments are approved, technological measures will never stop citizens from exercising the exceptions again in Europe. The best part is those amendments do not change the rightholder’s rights, they will have exactly the same rights, they can still use technological measures (DRM) in their works and DRM will still be protected by law;
  • to support and vote favourably on those amendments that extend the copyright exception for education and reject a licensing system and levies, that educational entities cannot afford;
  • to support and vote favourably on those amendments that reject article 11º (publishers’ rights). EC wants to create a new 20 years related right to be given to news’ publishers, endangering the sharing of links with snippets or a title to a new’s article. A similar law didn’t work in Germany and was disastrous in Spain. It is also an abject limitation on freedom of expression and access to information and independent academics unanimously oppose to extra copyright for news sites;
  • to support and vote favourably on those amendments that create a new exception for user generated content;
  • to support and vote favourably on those amendments that harmonise the panorama exception.

Last Friday, the European People’s Party (EPP), the party with more MEPs (and votes) in the European Parliament, adopted a position on EC proposal that, if approved, will take Europe to the dark ages.

We all need to contact our representative MEPs!

The contacts of MEPs can be found in the EP’s page. The most important vote is JURI Committee vote, so if you don’t have time to contact all your representatives, you should prioritise JURI’s. Check your country below to see how to contact your representatives:

If you are from Czech Republic, you should contact (change [at] for @):

Pavel SVOBODA
Email: pavel.svoboda [at] europarl.europa.eu
Brussels Office Phone: +32(0)2 28 45303

Jiří MAŠTÁLKA
Email: jiri.mastalka [at] europarl.europa.eu
Brussels Office Phone: +32(0)2 28 45905

If you are from Poland, you should contact (change [at] for @):

Lidia Joanna GERINGER de OEDENBERG
Email: lidiajoanna.geringerdeoedenberg [at] europarl.europa.eu
Brussels Office Phone: +32(0)2 28 45809

Tadeusz ZWIEFKA
Email: tadeusz.zwiefka [at] europarl.europa.eu
Brussels Office Phone: +32(0)2 28 45258

Kosma ZŁOTOWSKI
Email: kosma.zlotowski [at] europarl.europa.eu
Brussels Office Phone: +32(0)2 28 45775

Stanisław ŻÓŁTEK
Email: stanislawjozef.zoltek [at] europarl.europa.eu
Brussels Office Phone: ++32(0)2 28 45603

If you are from France, you should contact (change [at] for @):

Jean-Marie CAVADA
Email: jean-marie.cavada [at] europarl.europa.eu
Brussels Office Phone: +32(0)2 28 45367

Joëlle BERGERON
Email: joelle.bergeron [at] europarl.europa.eu
Brussels Office Phone: +32(0)2 28 45295

Marie-Christine BOUTONNET
Email: marie-christine.boutonnet [at] europarl.europa.eu
Brussels Office Phone: +32(0)2 28 45602

Gilles LEBRETON
Email: gilles.lebreton [at] europarl.europa.eu
Brussels Office Phone: +32(0)2 28 45817

Pascal DURAND
Email: pascal.durand [at] europarl.europa.eu
Brussels Office Phone: +32(0)2 28 45161

Constance LE GRIP
Email: constance.legrip [at] europarl.europa.eu
Brussels Office Phone: +32(0)2 28 45120

Virginie ROZIÈRE
Email: virginie.roziere [at] europarl.europa.eu
Brussels Office Phone: +32(0)2 28 45408

If you are from Italy, you should contact (change [at] for @):

Laura FERRARA
Email: laura.ferrara [at] europarl.europa.eu
Brussels Office Phone: +32(0)2 28 45410

Enrico GASBARRA
Email: enrico.gasbarra [at] europarl.europa.eu
Brussels Office Phone: +32(0)2 28 45410

Isabella ADINOLFI
Email: isabella.adinolfi [at] europarl.europa.eu
Brussels Office Phone: +32(0)2 28 45714

Mario BORGHEZIO
Email: mario.borghezio [at] europarl.europa.eu
Brussels Office Phone: +32(0)2 28 45704

Sergio Gaetano COFFERATI
Email: sergio.cofferati [at] europarl.europa.eu
Brussels Office Phone: +32(0)2 28 45513

Stefano MAULLU
Email: stefano.maullu [at] europarl.europa.eu
Brussels Office Phone: +32(0)2 28 45219

If you are from Luxembourg, you should contact (change [at] for @):

Mady DELVAUX
Email: smady.delvaux-stehres [at] europarl.europa.eu
Brussels Office Phone: +32(0)2 28 45136

If you are from Sweden, you should contact (change [at] for @):

Max ANDERSSON
Email: max.andersson [at] europarl.europa.eu
Brussels Office Phone: +32(0)2 28 45457

Jytte GUTELAND
Email: jytte.guteland [at] europarl.europa.eu
Brussels Office Phone: +32(0)2 28 45694

If you are from Greece, you should contact (change [at] for @):

Kostas CHRYSOGONOS
Email: kostas.chrysogonos [at] europarl.europa.eu
Brussels Office Phone: +32(0)2 28 45405

If you are from Ireland, you should contact (change [at] for @):

Brian CROWLEY
Email: briancrowleymep [at] europarl.europa.eu
Brussels Office Phone: +32(0)2 28 45751

If you are from Spain, you should contact (change [at] for @):

Rosa ESTARÀS FERRAGUT
Email: rosa.estaras [at] europarl.europa.eu
Brussels Office Phone: +32(0)2 28 45163

Luis de GRANDES PASCUAL
Email: luis.degrandespascual [at] europarl.europa.eu
Brussels Office Phone: +32(0)2 28 45512

If you are from United Kingdom, you should contact (change [at] for @):

Mary HONEYBALL
Email: mary.honeyball [at] europarl.europa.eu
Brussels Office Phone: +32(0)2 28 45209

Sajjad KARIM
Email: sajjad.karim [at] europarl.europa.eu
Brussels Office Phone: +32(0)2 28 45640

Jane COLLINS
Email: jane.collins [at] europarl.europa.eu
Brussels Office Phone: +32(0)2 28 45104

If you are from Germany, you should contact (change [at] for @):

Sylvia-Yvonne KAUFMANN
Email: sylvia-yvonne.kaufmann [at] europarl.europa.eu
Brussels Office Phone: +32(0)2 28 45788

Julia REDA
Email: julia.reda [at] europarl.europa.eu
Brussels Office Phone: +32(0)2 28 45732

Axel VOSS
Email: axel.voss [at] europarl.europa.eu
Brussels Office Phone: +32(0)2 28 45302

Evelyne GEBHARDT
Email: evelyne.gebhardt [at] europarl.europa.eu
Brussels Office Phone: +32(0)2 28 45466

Angelika NIEBLER
Email: angelika.niebler [at] europarl.europa.eu
Brussels Office Phone: +32 (0) 2 28 45390

Rainer WIELAND
Email: rainer.wieland [at] europarl.europa.eu
Brussels Office Phone: +32(0)2 28 47545

Tiemo WÖLKEN
Email: tiemo.woelken [at] europarl.europa.eu
Brussels Office Phone: +32(0)2 28 45431

If you are from Portugal, you should contact (change [at] for @):

António MARINHO E PINTO
Email: antonio.marinhoepinto [at] europarl.europa.eu
Brussels Office Phone: +32(0)2 28 45403

If you are from Bulgaria, you should contact (change [at] for @):

Emil RADEV
Email: aemil.radev [at] europarl.europa.eu
Brussels Office Phone: +32(0)2 28 45189

Angel DZHAMBAZKI
Email: aangel.dzhambazki [at] europarl.europa.eu
Brussels Office Phone: +32(0)2 28 45697

If you are from Austria, you should contact (change [at] for @):

Evelyn REGNER
Email: evelyn.regner [at] europarl.europa.eu
Brussels Office Phone: +32(0)2 28 45476

If you are from Hungary, you should contact (change [at] for @):

József SZÁJER
Email: jozsef.szajer [at] europarl.europa.eu
Brussels Office Phone: +32(0)2 28 45871

If you are from Romania, you should contact (change [at] for @):

Daniel BUDA
Email: daniel.buda [at] europarl.europa.eu
Brussels Office Phone: +32(0)2 28 45110

If you are from Lithuania, you should contact (change [at] for @):

Antanas GUOGA
Email: antanas.guoga [at] europarl.europa.eu
Brussels Office Phone: +32(0)2 28 45522

Viktor USPASKICH
Email: viktor.uspaskich [at] europarl.europa.eu
Brussels Office Phone: +32(0)2 28 45339

If you are from Finland, you should contact (change [at] for @):

Heidi HAUTALA
Email: heidi.hautala [at] europarl.europa.eu
Brussels Office Phone: +32(0)2 28 45518

If you are from Denmark, you should contact (change [at] for @):

Jens ROHDE
Email: jens.rohde [at] europarl.europa.eu
Brussels Office Phone: +32(0)2 28 45569

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