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10 reasons why we need your vote for a fair, workable Copyright for the future of Europe's press

1. Two years-worth of democratic debate and scrutiny have resulted in a fair compromise for both content creators on the one hand, and platforms on the other;


2. Important exceptions have been written into the text to ensure that:

  • the link is safe and readers can continue to share links as they did before

  • Wikipedia is out of scope

  • Memes and Gifs can be used

  • there will be no censorship of the internet


3. Very short extracts can be displayed, including commercially;


4. News publishers, who carry the commercial risk and legal liability, will be able to monetise better their own content and therefore be incentivised to invest further in professional journalism;


5. Publishers of all sizes from the smallest to the largest will benefit from the Publisher’s Right;


6. Journalists will benefit directly from the Publisher’s Right;


7. Publishers will have the right to set terms and conditions for others to re-use their content commercially, as is only fair and appropriate;


8. This text provides legal certainty for all users: consumers, platforms and creators, including publishers;


9. A new complaints mechanism will deal with the unlawful blocking of uploaded content


10. The stakes are extremely high: your vote is essential for the future of the entire content-creating sector and, most crucially, for the future of a healthy, democracy-enhancing, diverse, professional and independent press.


There is no more time for amendments: if you want to support creators and publishers in Europe you have to act now!

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We hope that this information and insight will make a valuable contribution to the political debate on our sector, and that, If you are committed to a democratic Europe with a strong media landscape, you will feel inspired to get involved with our initiative, www.empower-democracy.eu.

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