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4.7 million signatures against EU copyright reform

The European copyright has Long been controversial. Many net activists and YouTuber reject the latest compromise proposal. They protest in the Ministry of justice and to terminate the demonstrations.

net activists of the campaign to "save the Internet" have handed over to Minister of justice Katarina Barley (SPD), a Petition to the EU copyright law. The initiators of the campaign "stop censorship machine - Save the Internet" Dominic Kis and Pascal Fouquet gave Barley a USB-Stick with the information that more than 4.7 million signatures, including some 1.3 million from Germany.

The signature collection, which is also supported by several well-known Youtubers like LeFloid, was launched in June 2018. The activists are protesting against the so-called Upload-Filter. With such Software platforms such as YouTube can already check when you Upload, whether images, Videos or music are protected by copyright.

Federal Minister of justice Katarina Barley (SPD) and the activists of Pascal Fouquet and Dominic Kis at the Handover of the signatures.

of the EU copyright law reform in 2016 in criticism

On Wednesday, the EU States and the European Parliament had to act under the trader a in the publishing industry is explicitly welcomed the compromise on the Reform, which provides already for 2016 for discussions.

Two new features in paragraphs 11 and 13 are particularly controversial: As search engines for the Display of articles-to pay cut-outs on the Google News pages in the future, money to the publishers. And platforms like YouTube must do everything Possible to prevent copyright infringement. This requirement was tantamount to a wide use of Upload Filters, argue critics.

copyright infringement or parody?

Dominic Kis said that such a Filter could not reliably distinguish whether it was an actual copyright infringement or, for example, to a satirical post or a parody. According to the campaign's demands: "stop the article 11 and 13!"

Previously had also rejected the Federal government's Upload Filter explicitly. In the coalition agreement of the CDU and the SPD, it was said that these were "disproportionate". Kis warned that the current plans for the European copyright law meant a significant limitation of the Internet.

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