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