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Letter to Members of the European Parliament on Concerns with Terrorism Hash Database

CDT joined dozens of other civil society organizations around the globe in writing to members of the European Parliament to express our profound concerns about the use of the terrorism hash database. The database was announced by several major internet platforms a few years ago and it, along with similar tools, poses serious threats to free expression. In response to the proposed EU Terrorism Regulation, a number of civil society and advocacy organizations have joined together to let EU lawmakers know about the harms associated with use of the database.

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Letter to Ministers of Justice and Home Affairs on the Proposed Regulation on Terrorist Content Online

The undersigned organisations are dedicated to protecting fundamental human rights, including the right to freedom of expression and information, both online and offline. We urge Members of the European Parliament and Member State representatives to significantly amend the ‘Regulation on preventing the dissemination of terrorist content online’ to bring it in line with the Charter of Fundamental Rights, and to propose evidence-based measures that can better achieve the Regulation’s stated goals.

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Response to DOJ Letter on DMCA Exemptions for Security Researchers

On June 28, CCIPS of the Department of Justice sent a letter to the Copyright Office, voicing its support for CDT’s request that the Office expand an exemption under Section 1201 of the DMCA that allows computer security researchers to find and repair flaws and vulnerabilities in programs without running afoul of copyright law. To express our appreciation for both the letter and the Copyright Office’s willingness to accept it into the record for this exemption proceeding, we and our colleagues at the Samuelson-Glushko Technology Law & Policy Clinic submitted a response.

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CDT Responds to EC Public Consultation on Tackling Illegal Content Online

In October of last year, the European Commission published its Communication on tackling illegal content online. We criticised it for pushing private companies to police on government’s behalf for content that may be considered harmful or illegal. A few months later, Commission issued a Recommendation doubling down on this approach. The Commission has now conducted a public consultation aiming to ‘gather evidence and data on current practices, respondents’ experiences and organisations’ policies for tackling illegal content online’.

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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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