A Declaration for Europe

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Humanity’s capacity to generate new ideas and knowledge is its greatest asset. It is the source of art, science, innovation and economic development.

Adelphi Charter

We, the undersigned, believe that copyright law in Europe needs to be reformed in order to better protect the rights of creators and users. We call on the European Commission to take action on this issue.

Copyright law in Europe is currently outdated and does not reflect the reality of the digital age. It is not fit for purpose and urgently needs to be reformed.

We believe that copyright law should:

  • Reflect the reality of the digital age, in which information is shared freely and instantly across borders.
  • Be fit for purpose, in that it should be designed to protect the rights of creators and users, and not just the interests of big business.
  • Be flexible, in that it should allow for different types of use, including commercial and non-commercial use.

We call on the European Commission to take action on this issue and to reform copyright law in Europe.

We, the undersigned organisations, represent a broad range of interests from across Europe. We have come together to express our shared concern about the current copyright reform process in the European Union, and to call on the European Commission, Council and Parliament to put people and creativity first.

The copyright reform proposals currently on the table do not meet the needs of European citizens, nor do they reflect the values of the European Union. We urge the European institutions to listen to the concerns of European citizens and to take action to protect our fundamental rights to freedom of expression, information and creativity.

We call on the European Commission, Council and Parliament to:

  • Ensure that the copyright reform proposals respect our fundamental rights to freedom of expression, information and creativity, as enshrined in the European Charter of Fundamental Rights.
  • Ensure that the copyright reform proposals do not lead to new barriers to access to information, culture and knowledge, or restrict our ability to freely share and remix culture.
  • Ensure that the copyright reform proposals promote competition and innovation, and do not give unfair advantages to large companies or entrenched interests.
  • Ensure that the copyright reform proposals are evidence-based, and take into account the real-world impact of any changes on European citizens.

The current copyright reform process presents a unique opportunity to shape the future of copyright in the European Union. We urge the European institutions to seize this opportunity, and to put people and creativity first.

Organisations supporting this declaration

  • Access Info Europe
  • AK Vorrat
  • Association of Commercial Television in Europe (ACT)
  • Association of the European Self-Publishers and Booksellers (AESP)
  • Center for Copyright Information (CCI)
  • Civil Rights Defenders
  • Communia Association
  • Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA)
  • Consumer Choice Center
  • Copyright 4 Creativity (C4C)
  • Creative Commons
  • Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF)
  • European Academy of Sciences and Arts
  • European Digital Rights (EDRi)
  • European Federation of Journalists (EFJ)
  • European Music Rights Association (EMRA)
  • FairSearch
  • Freedom of the Press Foundation
  • Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom
  • Het Internet Collectief
  • Index on Censorship
  • Innocence in Danger
  • Institute for Information Law (IViR), University of Amsterdam
  • International Federation of Journalists (IFJ)
  • International Federation of Reproduction Rights Organisations (IFRRO)
  • Internet Archive
  • Internet Society (ISOC)
  • La Quadrature du Net
  • Liberties
  • Open Rights Group (ORG)
  • Public Knowledge
  • Reporters Sans Frontières (RSF)
  • SOS Racisme
  • Southern Poverty Law Center
  • Special Olympics
  • SpiderOak
  • Startpage
  • The Tor Project
  • Trans Atlantic Consumer Dialogue (TACD)
  • Wikimedia Foundation
  • World Blind Union