Open letter warns against rushing EU copyright reform
On 26 April 2018, an Open Letter was sent to the Ambassadors of the Permanent Representations of the Member States of the European Union warning against rushing the debate on copyright reform in the Council of the EU. The Open Letter was signed by 145 organisations from EU and national level, representing the fields of education, academia, universities, technology companies, start-ups and scale-ups and non-governmental organisations. Among the signatories were for instance the European University Association (EUA), Science Europe, or the European Internet Services Providers Association.
In the letter, the signatories voice their concerns over the latest proposal of the Directive on copyright in the Digital Single Market by the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the EU. They believe that this does not qualify as a balanced compromise and potentially harms Europe’s openness, education, research, innovation and competitiveness. They see potential damage being caused to a number of areas, including for instance legal certainty for educators, researchers and students to navigate safely through digital environments and enable them to preserve, create and share knowledge.
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