Over the past year, many blog posts on the European copyright reform were published on DisCo. Each one, perhaps, more alarming than the last – explaining again and again the disastrous consequences this proposal would have for Internet users’ fundamental rights and for the growth of the European digital sector.
Today, over 60 civil society organizations and trade associations representing Internet users, consumers, startups, publishers, online services and research and educational institutions, outlined clearly those same concerns in an open-letter to European lawmakers – and urged them to put the copyright reform back on the right track.
Let’s be clear: the copyright proposal is a huge disappointment and the signatories rightly pointed out that this proposal is backward-looking. Instead of modernizing copyright, making it fit for the digital economy, the European Commission failed to meet the expectations of citizens and businesses.