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FSFE Newsletter - October 2017

Autor  Polina Malaja Data  

Tell the EU to Save Code Share in the current EU Copyright debate!

The EU is currently revising its copyright rules in its proposal for the EU Copyright Directive in the Digital Single Market, so that they may be more suitable for the modern digital age. Instead of recognising the realities of how different content is being shared online, the current EU Copyright Directive proposal, and in particular its Article 13 targeted at online hosting providers, threatens our ability to access public code repositories and share code online.

The new rules enshrined in Article 13 intend to introduce new obligations for code hosting platforms in order to prevent any possible copyright infringement: if they do not implement these, the platforms will end up being directly liable for their users' activity. Article 13 thus imposes the use of costly upload filters in order to identify allegedly infringing code. The problem with such a requirement is that there are no known automated filters that can accurately identify whether the code is shared adequately and without breaching a respective Free Software licence. In addition, Article 13 imposes a far-reaching monitoring obligation on code hosting platforms to actively search for infringing activity by their users. Article 13 treats every user of code hosting platforms as a potential copyright infringer whose content, including entire code repositories, may be taken down, or barred from upload to the platform, at any time. If code is so easily "unpublished", all other software built on top of it will be hampered.

For more information on how Article 13 poses a threat to the ability to build software online, please visit Save Code Share and read our White Paper.

FSFE booth at FrOSCon in the University of Applied Sciences Bonn-Rhein-Sieg, Germany

FSFE booth at FrOSCon in the University of Applied Sciences Bonn-Rhein-Sieg, Germany

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Do not miss it! Upcoming events with the FSFE

We are preparing the first-of-its-kind FSFE community meeting. It will take place on November 25 & 26 in Berlin. We therefore invite all active community members, and those who would like to become active again, to come together and collaborate. Seats are limited due to physical restrictions. If you would like to participate read all details on the dedicated wiki-page.

Get Active

Tell the Members of the European Parliament and the EU Council to secure collaborative software development online, and in particular the sharing of Free Software, by signing the Open Letter, both as an individual and/or an organisation at Save Code Share! Please spread the word about the negative implications of the current EU Copyright Directive proposal within your networks #savecodeshare. Tell EU policy makers that there is no place for upload filters when it comes to sharing code as Free Software!

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If you would like to share any thoughts, pictures, or news, send them to us. As always, the address is newsletter@fsfe.org. We're looking forward to hearing from you!

Thanks to our community, all the volunteers, supporters and donors who make our work possible. And thanks to our translators, who enable you to read this newsletter in your mother tongue.

Your editors, Polina Malaja and Erik Albers

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