[ffii] FFII call on national parliaments to reserve soviet-style internet upload filters

Benjamin Henrion bhenrion at ffii.org
Fri Mar 29 11:16:19 CET 2019


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 FFII call on national parliaments to reserve soviet-style internet upload filters
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PRESS RELEASE - [ Europe / Democracy / Censorship / Economy / Copyright ]

Brussels, 29 March 2019 - FFII is calling on angry protesters against
internet upload filters to reverse the position of their country by
calling for a vote in their national parliament. Council of the
Ministers is an undemocratic institution where decisions on this
particular subject are made by officials of the Member States'
ministries of culture. FFII call on national parliaments to 'take back
control'.

The adoption of internet upload filters is a strategic mistake that will
fuel the eurosceptics game at the coming elections. Boris Johnson's
reaction to european parliament vote yesterday left no
doubt about it. Internet upload filters are a slippery slope. Another
directive will extend automatic filtering to 'terrorist' content, 'fake
news', and finally, political speech. Where does it end?

The Council of Ministers is expected to formally adopt the directive as
an A-item at the next meeting on tuesday 9th of April.

Benjamin Henrion, President of FFII, says: "It's time for real European
Democracy. You have next week to change the outcome. Call your national
parliament now, and ask for a vote on internet upload filters!"

He remembers 15 years ago: "Poland saved SMEs from the harmful software
patent directive, any country can do it again. Merkel and Macron sold
SMEs for a Russian gas pipeline, it's time to fix the European
democratic deficit and replace diplomats by a network of national
parliaments. Ministers of Culture should not be allowed to dictate the
position of a country. The CETA debate was the same undemocratic mess,
it was barely discussed in 3 national parliaments out of 28, and a few
unelected ministers decided on the positions of their
countries."

Internet companies are already looking to relocate in Switzerland to
avoid the unsupportable liabilites created by the European Filternet.
And the copyright lobby is also pushing for Switzerland to copy/paste
the same absurd legislation that small companies cannot comply with.

He finishes: "Macron's dream of a French startup nation did not last
long. His guiding principle appears to be: "Leave business to big
business!"

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Links
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* Poland removes the "A-item" of adopting the "Software Patent
 Directive" from the agenda of the Agricultural Council meeting on
December 21, 2004: https://thankpoland.info/
* Poland saves the EU once more: https://lists.ffii.org/pipermail/news/2005-January/000258.html
* FAZ: Altmaier opfert Start-ups im Urheberrecht
 https://edition.faz.net/faz-edition/wirtschaft/2019-03-26/f30a5870c08cc1e1b4524c1be19d1faf/
* Techdirt: Germany Caved To France On Copyright In A Deal For Russian Gas
https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20190325/14404641865/new-report-germany-caved-to-france-copyright-deal-russian-gas.shtml
* Techdirt: After Insisting That EU Copyright Directive Didn't Require Filters, France Immediately Starts Promoting Filters
https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20190327/17141241885/after-insisting-that-eu-copyright-directive-didnt-require-filters-france-immediately-starts-promoting-filters.shtml
* European Parliament rushes towards Soviet Internet (Telecom Package in 2008)
https://blog.ffii.org/european-parliament-rushes-towards-soviet-internet/
* Pf-pf: Leave business to big business! https://twitter.com/zoobab/status/1108672462517084162

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Contact
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Benjamin Henrion, FFII Brussels, bhenrion at ffii.org, +32 484 566109



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