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Sep 11, 2018 16 tweets 9 min read
Red alert: On Wednesday, the EU votes on #Article13—a disastrous proposal that would require websites to filter and censor uploaded content.

These #CensorshipMachines would break the Internet as we know it, and we have to stop them. <Thread> eff.org/deeplinks/2018…
We aren’t alone in the fight. Artists, websites, technologists, and more are up in arms about this looming Internet catastrophe.

@WordPress, @Kickstarter, @Patreon, @Shapeways, @Bandcamp, all say no to #article13 engine.is/news/category/…
Github doesn't want open source developers censored:
One of Europe's biggest competitors to Google, France's @Qwant_FR, came out against #Article13.

blog.qwant.com/protecting-cop…
.@OpenStreetMap Germany, the free alternative to Google Maps, is blacking out in protest against #uploadfilters: openstreetmap.de/karte.html
As @Wyclef Jean, founding member of the Fugees says — don't tear down the Internet: politico.eu/article/wyclef…
Creators can't afford an Internet where Big Content and Big Tech join forces to monopolize the means of communication. eff.org/deeplinks/2018…
Why is this fight so important?

Even if #uploadfilters are >99% accurate, that means thousands of cases censored innocent content every minute:
Upload filters that already exist mean musicians get their content removed because big content owners claim (incorrectly) that they own all sorts of things—like music by Bach:
A copyright claim on chirping birds got videos with birdsong in the background censored: thenextweb.com/google/2012/02…
Essentially, this measure will censor the Internet and it won't even help artists to get paid. eff.org/deeplinks/2018…
Copyright filter advocates say that nerds just need to "nerd harder" to fix these problems.

Trust us: we nerds can't make an algorithm interpret and pre-emptively enforce the subtleties of copyright law without terrible consequences for artistic freedom.
When governments mandate copyright filtering, it creates an expensive stumbling block for an Internet company to cross before it can ever compete. eff.org/deeplinks/2017…
We have less than 24 hours to fight the #CopyrightDirective and protect the Internet from mandated filtering.

Tell your MEPs to vote to #DeleteArticle13, #DeleteArticle11, and only support amendments that get rid of #Uploadfilters and the #linktax. saveyourinternet.eu

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