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Brussels, 29 January 2019

Your Excellency Deputy Ambassador,
Dear European Commission Vice-President Andrus Ansip
Dear MEPs Voss, Adinolfi, Boutonnet, Cavada, Dzhambazki, Geringer de Oedenberg, Joulaud, Maštálka, Reda, Stihler,

We are writing you on behalf of business organisations, civil society organisations, creators, academics, universities, public libraries, research organisations and libraries, startups, software developers, EU online platforms, and Internet Service Providers.

Taking note of the failure of the Council to find a majority for a revised negotiation mandate on Friday 18 January, we want to reiterate our position that the manifest flaws in Articles 11 and 13 of the proposal for a Copyright Directive in the Digital Single Market constitute insurmountable stumbling blocks to finding a balanced compromise on the future of Copyright in the European Union. Despite more than two years of negotiations, it has not been possible for EU policy makers to take the serious concerns of industry, civil society, academics, and international observers such as the UN special rapporteur on freedom of expression into account, as the premises both Articles are built on are fundamentally wrong.

In light of the deadlock of the negotiations on Articles 11 and 13, as well as taking into consideration the cautious stance of large parts of the creative industries, we ask you to delete Articles 11 and 13 from the proposal. This would allow for a swift continuation of the negotiations, while the issues that were originally intended to be addressed by Articles 11 and 13 could be tackled in more appropriate legal frameworks than this Copyright Directive.

We hope that you will take our suggestion on board when finalising the negotiations and put forward a balanced copyright review that benefits from wide stakeholder support in the European Union.

Yours sincerely,

Undersigned organisations:

1. European Digital Rights (EDRi)

2. Allied for Startups

3. Civil Liberties Union for Europe (Liberties)

4. Copyright for Creativity (C4C)

5. Create.Refresh

6. European Bureau of Library, Information and Documentation Associations (EBLIDA)

7. European Internet Services Providers Association (EuroISPA)

8. European Network for Copyright in Support of Education and Science (ENCES)

9. European University Association (EUA)

10. Ligue des Bibliothèques Européennes de Recherche – Association of European Research Libraries (LIBER)

11. Open State Foundation

12. Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition Europe (SPARC Europe)

13. – for digital rights

14. Digital Society

15. Initiative für Netzfreiheit (IfNf)

16. Internet Service Providers Austria (ISPA Austria)

17. FusionDirectory

18. Opensides

19. SA&S – Samenwerkingsverband Auteursrecht & Samenleving (Partnership Copyright & Society)

20. BlueLink Foundation

Czech Republic
21. Iuridicum Remedium (IuRe)


23. IT-Political Association of Denmark

24. Wikimedia Eesti

25. Electronic Frontier Finland (EFFI)

26. Finnish Federation for Communications and Teleinformatics (FiCom)

27. April

28. Conseil National du Logiciel Libre (CNLL)

29. NeoDiffusion

30. Renaissance Numérique

31. Uni-Deal

32. Wikimédia France

33. Bundesverband Deutsche Startups

34. Chaos Computer Club

35. Deutscher Bibliotheksverband e.V. (dbv)

36. Digitalcourage e.V.

37. Digitale Gesellschaft e.V.

38. eco – Association of the Internet Industry

39. Factory Berlin

40. Förderverein Informationstechnik und Gesellschaft (FITUG e.V.)

41. Initiative gegen ein Leistungsschutzrecht (IGEL)

42. Silicon Allee

43. Wikimedia Deutschland

44. Open Technologies Alliance – GFOSS (Greek Free Open Source Software Society)

45. Homo Digitalis

46. Hermes Center for Transparency and Digital Human Rights

47. Roma Startup

48. Associazione per la Libertà nella Comunicazione Elettronica Interattiva (ALCEI)

49. Frënn vun der Ënn

50. Bits of Freedom (BoF)

51. Dutch Association of Public Libraries (VOB)

52. Vrijschrift

53. Centrum Cyfrowe Foundation

54. ePaństwo Foundation

55. Startup Poland

56. ZIPSEE Digital Poland

57. Associação D3 – Defesa dos Direitos Digitais (D³)

58. Associação Nacional para o Software Livre (ANSOL)

59. APADOR-CH (Romanian Helsinki Committee)

60. Association for Technology and Internet (ApTI)


62. Digitas Institute

63. Forum za digitalno družbo (Digital Society Forum)

64. Asociación de Internautas

65. Grupo 17 de Marzo

66. MaadiX

67. Platform in Defence of Freedom of Information (PDL) (added on 31 January 2019)

68. Rights International Spain

69. Xnet


71. Föreningen för Digitala Fri- och Rättigheter (DFRI)

United Kingdom
72. Coalition for a Digital Economy (COADEC)

73. Open Rights Group (ORG)

74. Alternatif Bilişim Derneği (Alternatif Bilişim) (Turkey)

75. ARTICLE 19

76. Association for Progressive Communications (APC)

77. Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT)

78. COMMUNIA Association

79. Derechos Digitales (Latin America)

80. Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF)

81. Electronic Information for Libraries (EIFL)

82. Index on Censorship

83. International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA)

84. Israel Growth Forum (Israel)

85. My Private Network

86. Open Knowledge International

87. OpenMedia

88. SHARE Foundation (Serbia)

89. SumOfUs

90. World Wide Web Foundation