During the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, the new Directive on copyright in the digital single market is expected to be adopted. It also includes the controversial Article 13, which states that all user-uploaded web sites will need to install automatic content tracking, recognition, and rubbing systems. This decision will endanger the fundamental rights and freedoms of both Bulgarians and all other citizens of the European Union.
The filtering of content provided in Article 13 will be automatically managed by algorithms. Information filtering algorithms will become part of our lives. Here is what we expect if Article 13 is adopted:
- Robots will decide what can and can not be shared by us. They have no sense of humor, irony, or nuance. They do not distinguish the legitimate use of foreign authorship from piracy - they will simply delete!
- Robots do not understand when the content is used lawfully for purposes of quoting, analyzing, criticizing or educating purposes, under licenses or in remixes.
- Robots will monitor our actions on the Internet and censor them.
- Robots will limit our access to knowledge.
- The robots will end the open internet without the censorship Europe knew so far.
- Robots will return Bulgaria back years when censorship was part of our lives.
Show you disagree!
The only way is to exert civic pressure and to be heard. If you do not want to be tracked if you do not want your content censored by robots if you do not want Article 13 to be adopted - Sign the petition here:
The debate and the future vote on Article 13 take place in the European institutions with little public attention. In the months ahead, when Bulgaria presides over the European Union, we can make the change and not allow the debate on freedom of speech, expression and the Internet to resolve without resistance in the corridors of the National Palace of Culture.
Your signature can be decisive in the fight for our personal space and freedom of expression.
"The introduction of Article 13 of the Copyright Directive in the digital single market, as proposed, would create a dangerous precedent in the EU that could put an end to the balance of supplier-user relationship to information society services. Involving an active obligation to filter copyright content on the Internet is contrary to all the logic of current legislation and will limit access to information and services online. "
– Martin Zahariev , Creative Commons BG
"I believe in free knowledge, the free formats for sharing information, and I know that it is the future, and every artist needs to create freedom and reach his fans freely." The introduction of Article 13 would restrict our freedom as people, as professionals!“
– Justin Toms , Дигитална агенция ABC Design & Communication
"In the digital environment, copyright desperately needs reform, and it is undeniable that the investment of publishers and distributors should be protected, but not to the detriment of all other market players and consumers. Any copyright protection measure should be proportionate and strike a balance between the investments of the creative industries and those of online service providers and, above all, the public interest."
– Yavor Harizanov , LawsBG
„Free sharing of music on the web should be free. Any restriction and censorship on the exchange of information is unacceptable.“
– Samuil Kehaiov , DJ / част от Melformator
"As a representative of the interests of the independent Bulgarian artists and animators, as well as the organizer of the international animation festival" Golden Kuker ", BAICAA actively contacts with artists and animators from all over the world.Without the power of thought and freedom of ideas, what are we? Yes, sharing ideas, promoting, sharing experiences is the path of man to perfection, and no one has the right to limit his flight, and this will be with the adoption of Article 13 in the proposed form!”
– Nadezhda Slavova , БАНХА
"The freedom of expression in online space is a natural continuation of the analogue environment in which anyone can associate themselves with a creation of another or another type of work and find the most appropriate way of expressing themselves. Specifically, in our work, Article 13 would jeopardize the existence of one of our most social projects - the site of Bourgas oldburgas.com history as it is heavily dependent on user-generated content - photos and information."
– Lina Slavova , Хамалогика
„National Platform for Interior and Product Design Dibla provides a free service to help consumers monitor the level of Bulgarian design. Article 13 will will endanger the work of both the platform and the designers who rely on it to demonstrate and promote their work.“
– Gentcho Goev , Дибла
"With the introduction of Article 13, the European Union would appear to be an authoritarian regime that overpowers those values that people must be encouraged and to which Wikimedia projects are a form of study. "
– Vasya Atanasova , Уикипедия България
"Article 13 pursues a legitimate aim of protecting copyright. However, the provision is formulated in such a way as to allow, along with the illegal content, to remove legitimate forms of expression, which is unacceptable."
– Krassimir Kanev , БХК
“Sharing ideas, promoting, sharing experiences, learning opportunities and building up knowledge and skills will be severely limited if Article 13 is adopted in the proposed form. Photo Forum is a proven space for Bulgarian photography and openness for over 15 years and we are concerned about the damages that the proposed rules would bring from the European Union.”
– Alexander Petrov , Photo Forum
"The adoption of Article 13 (how relevant his number!) would be a big step for the realization of anti-utopias that even Orwell had failed to invent." Filtering is the new censorship, and the worst is that it will be exercised on a daily basis, from everyone to everyone."
– Alexander Donev , киновед
“The music must be free to build spontaneously. Without being censored and without the creative process being controlled.”
– SAVA (Sava Tassev) , DJ
What is wrong with Article 13?
A Start-up Killer!
Automatic detection and friction systems are often expensive. This would raise a huge barrier for young entrepreneurs. Big internet companies already have monitoring systems, and each new platform should have their resources to ensure their existence.
It threatens our freedoms!
The same technologies are used by a number of countries for censorship. Once in existence, there would be a risk of misuse of the infrastructure.
Offers unreliable technology!
Systems do not recognize when protected content is legitimately used. Algorithms will filter what we want to express online, even if we have the right to share a foreign work, such as a verse, music or image, by law, free license or contract.
- Fundamental rights and freedoms, such as freedom of expression and freedom of access to information, enshrined both in the EU Charter and in the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms;
- The E-commerce Directive and the Directive on the harmonization of certain aspects of copyright and related rights in the information society (the Infosoc directive);
- EU case-law interpreting European legislation on references for preliminary rulings.
They already signed!
Artists, non-governmental organizations, business representatives and Internet users signed the petition and showed their support in the fight against the adoption of Article 13.