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FSFE Newsletter April 2018

Δημοσίευση  and Polina Malaja   

More than 11.000 signatures handed over to the EU legislators asking to change dangerous copyright reform proposal

On March 19, the Free Software Foundation Europe together with OpenMedia, jointly delivered a petition signed by more than 11.000 individuals, who ask European politicians to save internet from the irreversible dangerous impact of the ongoing copyright reform, and in particular Article 13, which imposes preventive blocking of online code repositories. These signatures were addressed to the EU co-legislators: the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union, and received by MEP Julia Reda, the shadow rapporteur in the European Parliament's Committee on Legal Affairs (JURI) which drives the main parliamentary effort in the current copyright reform.

MEP Julia Reda receives more than 11.000 signatures against the dangerous impact of Article 13 from the FSFE's policy coordinator Polina Malaja

MEP Julia Reda receives more than 11.000 signatures against the dangerous impact of Article 13 from the FSFE's policy coordinator Polina Malaja.

All signatures have been collected jointly by our Save Code Share campaign that highlights the threats that current EU copyright reform imposes on Free Software, and Save the Link that highlights how current proposals aim at censoring online links.

Although it seems to be difficult to finally achieve a complete deletion of Article 13, we have seen some positive developments in the position of JURI when it comes to revising the initially proposed text by the European Commission. The proposed compromise amendments say, among other things, that code sharing services will be excluded from an obligation to install arbitrary upload filters and monitor its users' activities. However, in the current text, this only applies for code sharing services which act for "non-commercial" purposes. Such references to "non-commercial" services still leave plenty of room for legal uncertainty when it comes to liability of online code hosting services. In conclusion, Article 13 continues to be a threat to Free Software that is not in any definition connected to being "non-commercial".

Together with Open Forum Europe and other allies we keep on working hard to ensure that legislators understand the differences and needs of Free Software in Europe. If you like to support our work, sign our letter, tell other people about it or help us with your financial support.


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What else have we done? Inside and Outside the FSFE

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The FSFE's community meeting 2018 will be part of the Libre Software Meeting (LSM, also known as RMLL) in Strasbourg and vice versa. LSM is maybe the biggest community-driven Free Software meeting in France and therefore offers an exciting environment for the FSFE community to meet up itself as well as to connect with the broader Free Software community. On this occasion, the FSFE will also organise an own track on the first days of LSM, on 7/8/9 of July. The call for participation is running until April 30. Do not miss it. This is your chance to combine taking part in the FSFE's community meeting and to give a talk at the LSM 2018 at the same time.
So, before you forget it, apply now!

One of our topics will be "Digital Education" - a topic that ranges from school education via code literacy to the understanding of ethical concepts behind information technology. But you are free to propose other topics. Generally, we look forward for inspiring talks and workshops covering golden cages and user's liberation - in educational environments as well as in our everyday lives.

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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,
Erik Albers and Polina Malaja


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