Following over 4 million people signing a petition delivering it to EU Parliament, activists have now decided to organize protests for January 19th, 2019 across Europe against proposed Articles 11, 12 a and 13.
According to Torrent Freak, European Parliament is expected to finalize the final text of Article 13, which is part of the EU’s copyright reform law by Monday.
Those that support the idea of Anonymous, Pirates and Internet Rights Activists have all joined forces once again to combat what many are calling the fight against Acta 2. These Articles will have multiple legal implications that will destr0y the Internet as we know it. Not only will they include an “upload filter” if passed to block copyrighted (or unwanted) content from being uploaded on the Internet, it will also be impossible to link to source material, including educational content and even memes. That’s right the EU is coming or your memes! Hide your kids, hide your wife and hide your memes because the EU’s coming for them all.
This will affect all YouTubers and independent content creators, commenters et al distilling innovation. The copyright directive will ultimately cause loss of content for millions of creative minds throughout Europe and the EU will likely push those laws transnational into the Americas and elsewhere.
Further, under article 11 every link posted, you will be charged under what’s being called a link tax. Fight with us against this censorship.
Articles like 12a, for example, will make it illegal to upload any personal video from a sporting event because the copyright will be fully to those hosting or sponsoring the event.
Article 13 is intended to make website proprietors responsible for the content that users post on their websites, effectively forcing the owners to move behind an upload filter to protect themselves against huge claims by copyright owners and agencies that work on their behalfs like the MPAA and RIAA.
Pirate Parties International MEP Julia Reda notes that users will be responsible and liable for any copyright infringements they make on Internet platforms.
“The negotiators have reached agreement on the core of Article 13, which will change the internet as we know it: They want to make internet platforms directly liable for any copyright infringements their users commit,” Reda notes.
Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) warns that the proposed policies will increase censorship and surveillance throughout Europe creating a stasi state. The digital rights organization specifically calls on people from Germany, Sweden, Poland, and Luxembourg, to speak out.
“Your national government depends on your goodwill to win the votes to continue its mandate. This is a rare moment in European lawmaking when local connections from citizens matter more than well-funded, international corporations,” EFF writes.
This is something that “will destroy our internet, And we cannot accept it. So we are fighting back. Activists, hacktivists and pirates are now uniting under the banner of StopACTA2,” Anonymous Bites Back writes.
Anonymous Bites Back further expresses that the radio show hosted by Anons is in “full support of the (street) protests against these Orwellian moves to censor the internet. We have had several episodes about this subject already, and we plan to join the protesters on the street and broadcast live to our network.”
Pirates and Copyright activists
Pls follow @stopActa2_eu fighting article 11 & 13 digitally and with boots on the ground. @PPInternational, will coordinate between these people and the #Pirate efforts. Behind them U will find the most effective #anonymous crew there is today. pic.twitter.com/WDv3ELvg1v
— Raymond Johansen (@RayJoha2) January 13, 2019
The StopACTA2 movement, coordinated by the Polish StopACTA2 crew and the crew of Anonymous Worldwide and many others including Pirate Parties International with its co-chair Bailey Lamon and board member Raymond Johansen urge everyone to do everything in your power to support Stop ACTA2 through social media and on the ground actions.
Supporters of the fight against ACTA 2 include wolnemedia, SoMee.Social, Bitchute, Presearch, blogmedia24, Anonymous Bites Back, wykop, polskapartiapiratow, Pirate Parties International, kontestacja, Hackread.com, inspro, Stowarzyszenie Libertarianskie, Anonymous Info Army Poland, and Anon Ops Poland according to the StopActa2.org website.
For now, we have obtained partial victory with Creative Sectors calling for a suspension of negotiations on Article 13 with 14 organizations calling for its halt according to Creative Refresh.
The first wave of street protests in at least 20 different cities in 15 countries are being planned and prepared for January 19, 2019 all across Europe. Share this article, organize together amongst one another and send a message, show the powers-that-be that the Internet belongs to the people and not the corporations or the power-hungry elites that seek to profit off of the free sharing of information.
On social media, supporters are using the following hashtags for digital protests — #stopACTA2, #CopyrightDirective, #SaveYourInternet, #SaveTheInternet, #Article11, #Article13, #UploadFilters, #LinkTax, #Filternet, #ACTA2 #Anonymous.
You can find out more information by visiting StopActa2.org a website being run to support operation Stop Acta 2. The website will be kept up to date with a full list of the existing protest locations. Are you an experienced organizer who wants to help organize in Europe for protesting against ACTA 2? Then contact firstname.lastname@example.org for any information, or if you want to start your own protest. Continue tuning into Hacknews.eu where we will keep you up to date with all proceeding actions regarding Stop ACTA 2.