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  5. <title>European Copyright reform hampers Free Software development</title>
  6. </head>
  7. <body>
  8. <h1>European Copyright reform hampers Free Software development</h1>
  9. <p>The FSFE and Open Forum Europe teamed up for an initiative
  10. to show the implications of the proposed EU copyright reform for the
  11. Free Software development ecosystem: <a href="https://savecodeshare.eu/">Save Code Share</a>.
  12. As part of this initiative, today we release our White Paper which
  13. highlights the ways in which the proposed Article 13 could unintentionally
  14. harm the communities and the businesses built around Free Software.</p>
  15. <p>Free Software is often built by collaborative networks of programmers
  16. that rely on code hosting services. Free Software allows and encourages
  17. modifications and improvements made by everyone. For that, the software
  18. is shared with everybody under terms that allow using it, studying its
  19. source code, sharing it along, and customising it according to one's
  20. needs. This is often done on code sharing platforms.</p>
  21. <p>With its copyright proposal, the EU has decided to update the rules
  22. applicable for online service providers, mainly targeting content sharing
  23. platforms. The new rules proposed by the EU will create legal uncertainty
  24. for developers using online tools when contributing to the Free Software
  25. projects through online code sharing platforms. Those proposed obligations
  26. on code sharing platforms will threaten their existence, and effective
  27. online co-development by:</p>
  28. <ul>
  29. <li>Imposing on code sharing platforms the use of costly filtering technologies to prevent any possible copyright infringement</li>
  30. <li> Imposing an illegal monitoring obligation to track their every user</li>
  31. </ul>
  32. <blockquote>"As a result, every user, of a code sharing platform: an individual,
  33. company, or a public body is treated as a potential copyright infringer
  34. whose content, including the whole code repositories, can be taken down
  35. and disabled at any time." says Polina Malaja, Policy Analyst and Legal
  36. Coordinator at the FSFE.</blockquote>
  37. <p>After explaining how Free Software platforms work in practice, the
  38. White Paper shows how Article 13 restricts important fundamental rights
  39. of developers and internet users such as the right to privacy, freedom
  40. of expression, and the freedom to conduct a business. Article 13, as
  41. currently proposed, would shift the responsibility for protecting allegedly
  42. infringed rights from rightholders to the platforms, in a way that would
  43. harm fundamental rights and negatively impact collaborative software
  44. development, and especially Free Software.</p>
  45. <p>If Article 13 has completely missed this impact in the software sharing
  46. environment, it is likely that there are other unforeseen impacts that
  47. the proposed Copyright Directive can have. The legislators need to make
  48. sure they understand where and how innovation takes place nowadays, to
  49. fully grasp the consequences and implications that the proposed Article
  50. 13 can create for our economy and our society.</p>
  51. <p>Read our White Paper in full <a href="https://savecodeshare.eu/">here</a>.</p>
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  55. <tag key="copyright">Copyright</tag>
  56. <tag key="policy">Policy</tag>
  57. <tag key="digitalsinglemarket">Digital Single Market</tag>
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