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CDT Signs Joint Letter on EU Digital Single Market Copyright Directive

CDT along with other organisations, creators, academics, universities, public libraries, startups, software developers, EU online platforms, and Internet Service Providers, reiterate our position that the manifest flaws in Articles 11 and 13 of the proposal for a Copyright Directive in the Digital Single Market constitute insurmountable stumbling blocks to finding a balanced compromise on the future of Copyright in the European Union.

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CDT Signs on to an Open Letter on The Copyright Reform

On 19 November 2018, CDT joined 53 NGOs in signing an open letter highlighting ongoing concerns with the proposed Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market. The letter is addressed to Member State representatives ahead of the meeting of the Committee of Permanent Representatives (COREPER) on 23 November.

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Article 11 DSM Copyright Directive: CDT's Recommendations During "Trilogue" Negotiations

In September, the European Parliament adopted its position on the European Commission’s proposal for a Directive on Copyright in the DSM. Member States and Parliament unfortunately opted to maintain the introduction of a new ancillary copyright for press publishers. “Trilogue” negotiations have now begun amongst representatives from the EU institutions, with the aim of reaching a final text that can be agreed upon by both Parliament and Council. In the spirit of constructive feedback and compromise, we’d like to propose amendments and recommendations that aim at preserving the open nature of the internet.

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Open Letter to Rapporteur Axel Voss on EU Copyright Reform

On 24 April, CDT joined over 50 organisations in an open letter addressed to rapporteur and MEP Axel Voss on the EU copyright reform. The letter focuses on the concerns surrounding the European Commission’s proposal for a neighbouring right for press publishers under Article 11 of the Copyright in the Digital Single Market Directive. We call on Mr Voss to delete Article 11 and instead consider proposing a legal presumption.

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Over 145 Organizations Ask Council to Adopt More Cautious and Evidence-Based Approach

On 26 April 2018, over 145 organisations sent an open letter on the EU copyright reform to the EU Member State Ambassadors and Deputy Ambassadors. The letter raises many concerns ahead of the meeting of the COREPER on 27 April, in which the Bulgarian Council Presidency wants EU Member States to endorse their latest copyright proposal. The letter emphasizes that there are still many legal uncertainties and potential unintended consequences of the proposals, which overall require a more cautious decision-making process. 

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Open Letter in Light of the Competitiveness Council on 30 November 2017

On 30 November, CDT joined over 80 organisations in signing an open letter on the EU copyright reform addressed to the Ministers attending the Competitiveness Council (COMPET), as well as to relevant representatives of other EU institutions. In one sentence, we voice our persisting concerns over the current state of affairs of the discussions in the Council and European Commission on the proposal for a Copyright in the Digital Single Market (DSM) Directive. In an Annex, the letter refers to 29 letters and analyses carried out by various European stakeholders and experts, which highlight the negative impact of the current proposal, particularly in Articles 13 (monitoring and filtering of user uploads), 11 (press publishers’ rights) and 3 (text and data mining exception). 

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