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  4. <title>EU Copyright Review: Tell Legislators to Save Code Share</title>
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  7. <h1>EU Copyright Review: Tell Legislators to Save Code Share</h1>
  8. <p newsteaser="yes">The FSFE, together with Open Forum Europe, asks the
  9. EU policymakers to Save Code Share in the current on-going EU Copyright review.
  10. Today we ask you to support our newest campaign <a href="https://savecodeshare.eu/">Save Code Share</a>
  11. by signing an <a href="https://savecodeshare.eu/#sign-letter">Open Letter</a>
  12. addressed to the EU policymakers.In this letter we request EU legislators
  13. to preserve the ability to collaboratively build software online in current
  14. EU Copyright Directive proposal.</p>
  15. <p>If the proposed changes targeted at online platforms are implemented, this would
  16. force online code sharing repositories to use filters that monitor and
  17. preemptively take down any content that could potentially infringe copyright,
  18. including entire code repositories. Otherwise, platforms will be held
  19. directly liable for any alleged copyright infringement found in the source code
  20. hosted on their services. Such shift in the liability regime from
  21. rightholders to platforms would durably harm the Free Software ecosystem
  22. which often relies on code hosting platforms to build software together,
  23. as it will result in more arbitrary code removal on code hosting
  24. platforms.</p>
  25. <h2>How does Article 13 harm Free Software?</h2>
  26. <p>A lot of the software used in everyday life contains Free Software
  27. components. Free Software is popular because it can be shared under
  28. terms that allow and encourage using it for any purpose, studying its
  29. source code, sharing it with others, and customising it according to
  30. one's needs. Source code is often shared through online code hosting
  31. platforms that act as a main access point for collaboration online.</p>
  32. <p>The current legislative negotiations over the EU "Copyright Reform"
  33. package, and particularly Article 13, <a href="https://fsfe.org/news/2017/news-20170908-01.en.html">indicate</a>
  34. that we risk seeing the imposition of far-reaching rules for every online
  35. platform which allows their users to upload large amounts of content,
  36. including code hosting platforms. Specifically, the proposals embodied
  37. in the draft of Article 13 threaten code hosting platforms by imposing
  38. new obligations on them. Namely, code hosting platforms will be legally
  39. required to use costly (but ultimately fundamentally flawed) filtering
  40. technologies. There are no known filtering technologies that could accurately
  41. and reliably identify whether any Free Software is being shared in
  42. accordance with its legal terms and conditions. In addition, the proposed
  43. Article 13 will oblige online platforms to monitor their users and
  44. actively seek for possible copyright infringements.</p>
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  48. <p>Consequently, Article 13, as currently proposed, would shift the
  49. responsibility for protecting allegedly infringed rights from rightholders
  50. to platforms in a way that disproportionately harms the sector that is
  51. a cornerstone of innovation.</p>
  52. <p>Article 13 would restrict the freedom of developers to choose freely
  53. among a variety of software components and tools, as these tools and
  54. components will no longer be available online. In a domino effect, Free
  55. Software projects could no longer rely upon precedent projects and tools
  56. due to an arbitrary upload filter that can prevent code being hosted online.
  57. As a consequence, software will become less reliable, and digital infrastructure
  58. less resilient for everybody.</p>
  59. <h2>Take Action Now</h2>
  60. <p>Please <a href="https://savecodeshare.eu/">sign and share the Open Letter</a>
  61. both on behalf of an organisation, and as an individual. The Open Letter
  62. together with your signatures will be handed over to the Members of the
  63. European Parliament and the EU Council. For more information on how
  64. proposed Article 13 would harm fundamental rights and negatively impact
  65. collaborative software development and Free Software, please <a href="https://savecodeshare.eu/static/assets/WhitePaper-ImpactofArticel13onSoftwareEcosystem-SaveCodeShare.pdf">read our White Paper</a>.
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