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How will this impact you
Article 13 is a provision in the proposed EU Copyright Directive mandating that all content uploaded to the internet be monitored and potentially deleted if a likeness to existing copyrighted content is detected. This provision will be voted on by the end of 2018.
Find out more from C4C, Copybuzz and Save the Link.

Whether a creator or a consumer, everyone who uses the internet will be affected by this law — which is why we all need to speak out against it.

If you are a creator or independent business, the content that you upload to share with your audience might be deleted without your consent. Creators include but are not limited to artists –such as cartoonists, gamers, illustrators, photographers, documentary filmmakers, animators, musicians, DJs, and dancers,– bloggers, journalists, and technologists.

Online platforms will be required to implement complex and expensive filtering systems and will be held liable for copyright infringement, potentially incurring fines that threaten their economic viability.

Article 13 would restrict the ability of Internet users to consume content – meaning they won’t be able to find and enjoy diverse kinds of cultural expressions that they have grown accustomed to. The days of communicating through gifs and memes, listening to our favourite remixes online or sharing videos of our friends singing at karaoke might be coming to an end.

Ultimately, the internet culture that has emerged in recent years – a culture that enables connections and democratises information – will become bureaucratic and restrictive.

Blast from the recent past
A couple of years ago, European citizens were asked to Save the Internet at a time where an important vote was going to shape the future of network neutrality in the European Union. The stakes were huge as a negative outcome would have meant that big corporations would have been able to decide what content was available at what price on the Internet. But European citizens stepped up and a positive outcome was generated thanks to the millions that raised their voice.

It is now time to Save Your Internet, the one where you decide what you upload and where, who you share a meme with and when you can upload a parody. 

If you do not act now, many of your daily activities on the Internet will no longer be possible, blocked by automated filters that are unable to recognize your rights under EU law.

Campaign funding and support
This campaign is managed and funded by Copyright for Creativity and supported by civil society organisations listed on the homepage. Copyright for Creativity is a coalition based in Brussels. Its secretariat is run by consultancy firm N-square. C4C is funded through grants and membership fees. Main current grants come from OSF (Open Society Foundation) and CCIA (Computer and Communications Industry Association). C4C currently has 42 members.

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