Rethink or delete Article 13 of the new EU Copyright Directive



OW2 supports campaigns to rethink or delete Article 13 of the new EU Copyright Directive.

July 05, 2018

Brussels & Strasbourg

The European Commission and the European Parliament are launching a new Copyright Directive. At OW2 we think this directive will create conditions detrimental to free and open source software.

Article 13 of the proposed directive is summarized as "(creating) an obligation on information society service providers storing and giving access to large amounts of works and other subject-matter uploaded by their users to take appropriate and proportionate measures to ensure the functioning of agreements concluded with rightholders and to prevent the availability on their services of content identified by rightholders in cooperation with the service providers." 

Such filtering and monitoring constraints make no sense in the context open source and creative commons licenses. However, if applied, software development and dissemination platforms such as GitHub but also the OW2 infrastructure will no longer be able to operate as they do today. It means the end of OSS and software development with code reuse as we know it. 

Open source and creative commons licenses have already solved the problems that Article 13 is trying to address. Article 13 would take us years back 

We have no other choice but to support campaigns against this new Copyright Directive. OW2 has joined the SaveCodeShare campaign by the Free Software Foundation Europe, Openforum Europe and Copyright for Creativity. 

For other ways take part in the action check out the Wikipedia pages.