#Copyfighters is a grassroots campaign which highlights the need to amend the European Commission’s proposed Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market.
Unless we take urgent action, the proposed Directive will harm innovation and threaten our fundamental rights of access to information, freedom of communication, and privacy.
We promote legislation that will make it easier for everyone to use the Internet for education, entertainment, commerce, and communication.
This toolkit explains how you can participate in the action month online or by hosting an event in your own country, and also offers advice on what copyright reform we think would work best. You can read this guide from start to finish, or dive into the sections that interest you. If you have questions, please contact us: email@example.com.
We want a Europe where sharing, innovation, and copyright go hand in hand.
The European Union is moving forward with proposals to reform copyright law to make it apply more uniformly across the Single Market. The current proposal for a Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market is problematic because:
We're not asking to legalise plagiarism, theft, or piracy. We are asking for the EU to be sensible and not endanger our freedoms to share and communicate information.
The European Parliament’s pivotal vote on this Proposal is on 20th November 2017. The time is thus now to take action to safeguard human rights and to protect our ability to access culture.
What needs to change in your country, and who can make it happen? Join the copyfight by finding your key targets, identifying allies and applying pressure, exposing concerns, and stimulating them to think about and act on #Copyfighter’s key demands.
Choose the right channels to reach them. It might be via social media, a meeting, email, the media — or all of the above!
Seek out your President, Prime Minister, Member of the European Parliament, or any key ministers or ministry officials that can affect information communication technologies and Internet rights in areas like culture, media, or intellectual property. These are the people who draft new policies and have power to prioritise them.
Businesses can be either targets or allies (or both). They can partner with government and support policies to encourage competition — or they can pressure governments to adopt policies which protect their interests and harm ordinary Internet users. Small content producers, niche publishers, and streaming video service providers will likely agree that copyright reform is urgently needed.
Journalists from newspapers, radio, and all variety of media and blogs need to help communicate why a user-generated content exception is so important. They can also pressure government to follow up on promises.
Greater understanding of supranational, national, local, and rural Internet use helps inform better policy and good arguments for why copyright reform. Universities, think tanks, research institutes, and foundations can be allies, at home and abroad.
Which other organisations, bloggers, hackers, and web defenders can support our activities? Connect and partner with everyone who feels strongly about there being user-generated content on the Internet, especially those who have uploaded lawful content previously and had it censored, and demand action from governments and content platforms.
Much of our activity takes place through social media. Here are some quick tips on how to get social with #Copyfighters:
Use the official #JoinTheCopyfight hashtag in all tweets, and also tag @Copyfighters — people supporting the campaign will be watching and re-tweeting.
Take part in the Copyfighters campaign
Would you like to join the campaign by hosting an event? You don’t need special permission or credentials to host a #Copyfighters event. Everyone can support the campaign by drawing attention to the need for copyright reform in their own way.
Anyone can organise an activity to encourage others to #JoinTheCopyfight — big and small, quiet or loud, they all make a difference! Events during the action month are meant to amplify long-term efforts for change. Please note that we need everyone to share photos of activities as they happen via Facebook and Twitter with the hashtag #JoinTheCopyfight and tagging us at @Copyfighters. This will help us show leaders just how many of us care about copyright reform, and will make calls for action harder to dismiss.
We want to help you get your own activities and the #Copyfighters campaign mentioned in the media. Journalists often choose what stories they cover based on a press release. We have many press releases [LINK], and encourage you to share them with reporters in your country. (If journalists in your country do not always speak English, we’d appreciate it if you’d translate the press release into your local language.)