Lessons from today:
- Pro-Art11/Art13 MEPs do not know how copyright law works (no surprises there, the copyright law is a mess!)
- Wikimedia Commons is a very good example of a service that could suffer very much.
- As during #ACTA, MEPs are not entirely against sitting down and discussing the issues.
Another important take-away from my meetings already: calling MEPs is way more effective than e-mailing them.
E-mailing MEPs with a standard e-mail from a template can actually be counter-productive.
If you can, please *call* your MEPs. You can find your MEP here:
If you'd rather e-mail, please write two-three paragraphs in your own words, from your e-mail address. Even if it's not as slick as the template, it will work way better!
People like Julia Reda could be fixing the underlying problems of copyright law in EU. I could be focusing on helping journalists stay safe and uncover corruption and organized crime.
Many other people could be spending their time way more productively.
Instead, we need to focus on this bullcrap so that people who can't even into Internets don't break our main creative outlet, communication channel, our main knowledge base.
Because Axel Springer told them to.
@rysiek It doesn't really matter it was almost the same. People don't learn that well. And the ones who are taught often disappear and go do other things, and new ones are elected instead of them, who do not remember, do not know, and need to be taught again and anew.
@kitdarko I've had two meetings with MEPs so far, one leaning our way, and Voss.
Both complained about the template e-mails. The one leaning our way said specifically they are an annoyance, and that they make it hard to find actually important e-mails in the deluge of such (what he called) spam.
I asked them what would work better and that's what they gave me: calls. or at least e-mails actaully written by the sender.
I trust them. These are the people we try to reach, after all.
@rysiek @kitdarko I guess this is an important point.
On one hand, templates help people (like me) who struggle with writing E-Mails. Without them, there possibly wouldn't be such a great amount of people who participate.
On the other hand, if people only use the template without writing anything on their own, we get the situation you mentioned.
Maybe future campaigns should offer only some "guides" what one could write, and avoid ready-made templates?
They offer you a template but also a few points that you could write yourself instead of the template. I translated those points into my own words and language and sent that email through their service to my MEPs.
(I also tried calling but I started to panic when the answering machine called back, so that fell through. :( I'll try again tomorrow.)
EDPS position on #Art13: filters need way more assessment; careful with them:
On my way to a meeting with a few MEPs. Wish me luck.
These are mostly sympathethic to our cause, but perhaps need a few strong arguments. Hopefully, I can provide that.
@rysiek I appreciate you and the work you put in
the experience you made and what you learned from would be a great theme for a blogpost ;-)
And this concludes our tour of Strasbourg and its labirynth of halls and procedures.
This is not the end of the fight. The vote is way too close to call. Every MEP counts. I will be calling them from the train, I would even call them from the plane if it were an option.
Your calls are working. MEPs are changing their minds. I saw this first hand.
You have the power!
I have so many things I need to write about after this trip. Please poke me if I don't deliver in a few days!
@webmind @jeroenpraat which table?
You mean, discussing issues? It was always open. Everybody just hoped reality and rationality will win in the JURI commission. We did contact the JURI commission members and talk to them, but they decided (majority of 1 vote!) to go with the crazy option.
Hence the current shitstorm.
@webmind that's true, but Wikimedia, EDRi and others were working behind the scenes all of this time. The information was there. Look at Julia Reda's blog and the dates of blogposts about this.
It's just that people seem to start caring when it's very close to a very bad outcome. It's hard to galvanize people unless shit is *looming*.
@rysiek @webmind bad shit is being planned all the time. Everyone can't work on all of it. Effective organizing requires presenting the most crucial information in the simplest and clearest possible way, so you can galvanize enough people, at the critical times when it will make a difference to the outcome.
Julia had been writing about this for ages. Asta I remember was getting people to take part in these consultations at CCC 3 or 4 years ago! And then JURI commission decided to ignore that input because the other side lobbied so hard and with a plan.
So tell me, what will work better, honestly, we need a better way! But we have limited resources, and are working against companies that have *unlimited* resources.