[A2k] Fwd: OpenMedia's statement on JURI report

Manon Ress manon.ress at keionline.org
Mon Mar 20 14:10:45 PDT 2017

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From: Josh Tabish <josh at openmedia.org>
Date: Mon, Mar 20, 2017 at 2:04 PM
Subject: OpenMedia's statement on JURI report

Hi all,

Please see our statement on today's report:


Or here:

For Immediate Release

It falls to the European Parliament to undo deeply damaging digital
policies of the European Commission
In recent weeks, two reports from key Parliamentary committees have made
recommendations on critical copyright legislation

March 20, 2017 – In response to today’s release
Copyright Rapporteur Therese Comodini Cachia MEP’s draft report on updates
to the European Union Copyright Directive, OpenMedia’s Digital Rights
Specialist Ruth Coustick-Deal said:

“This is an issue of fundamental rights, and once again we see the need for
the European Parliament to step in and undo the damage being inflicted by
the European Commission. Cachia’s proposed updates to copyright legislation
are a strong step in the right direction, but more needs to be done to
ensure the ability of all Europeans to access information online and
express themselves freely.”

Coustick-Deal continued: “We’ve come a long way from the positive,
proposals <https://juliareda.eu/copyright-evaluation-report-explained/> tabled
by former rapporteur Julia Reda MEP in last year’s copyright report. To
truly ensure the rights of individuals are protected, provisions for a link
tax and censorship machines must be entirely removed from copyright
proposals currently on the table, and the European Parliament should focus
its efforts on advancing common sense protections and get back on track
with the real aims of this process, making copyright rules that work for
the 21st Century.”

OpenMedia has helped rally over 128,000 people as part of the Save The Link
campaign. Citizens across the EU can send a message to their MEP about the
Commission’s link tax and content censorship proposals at

About OpenMedia

OpenMedia works to keep the Internet open, affordable, and
surveillance-free. We create community-driven campaigns to engage, educate,
and empower people to safeguard the Internet.



Ruth Coustick-Deal

Digital Rights Specialist (London, UK)


+44 7854 341 550 <+44%207854%20341550>
ruth at openmedia.org


*OpenMedia's Press Team:*

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441 2640 ext. 1 <(888)%20441-2640>
*Meghan Sali*, Communications Specialist | meghan at openmedia.org | +1 888
441 2640 ext. 4 <(888)%20441-2640>


*Josh Tabish*
Campaigns Director, OpenMedia
josh at openmedia.org

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Manon Ress, Ph.D.
Knowledge Ecology International, KEI
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