Please boos the parent toot. This is important. We need people to call their MEPs listed in the parent toot!

What they need to hear is:
- Copyright Directive's Articles 11 and 13 are a danger to the free Internet
- Copyright needs fixing, but this is not the way to go
- Please vote AGAINST THE MANDATE tomorrow.

Be polite. Say your name, and who you are. You will be talking to MEPs assistants, they are people doing their jobs. Be respectful.

And from !

The calling needs to continue. Additional group to focus on -- Portuguese S&D:

More groups in the parent toot.

What they need to hear is:
- Copyright Directive's Articles 11 and 13 are a danger to the free Internet
- Copyright needs fixing, but this is not the way to go
- Please vote AGAINST THE MANDATE tomorrow.

Be polite. Say your name, and who you are. Be respectful.

And from ! We can win this!

If you cannot call, if you feel uncomfortable calling, this is understandable, please do not feel bad! And apologies for putting you under pressure in case you felt that way.

I hate calling people. I am lucky enough to be able to overcome this, and I try. But if you can't or won't that's entirely fine!

Any support counts. Support Wikimedia, EDRi, Panoptykon Foundation, Mozilla. Many, many others.

Apparently the publishers are going bananas about involvement in . They sent this to ALL MEPs:

I find it absolutely hilarious!

To all of you who have called, and those who wrote an e-mail, and those that support in all different ways, from very vocal to very silent -- thank you.

You guys are amazing. You are taking part in a political and historical process.

This is an old one, but a golden one. And it applies to 2010, 2012, and now just as well.

@rysiek Jest już jakaś lista polskich europosłów wraz z ich stanowiskiem w tej sprawie? Ale nie „according to my team’s observations”… (nawet tweet ze stanowiskiem byłby lepszy)

@m4sk1n nie chcemy publikować listy MEPów o których wiemy, że są z nami, bo to da lobbystom wydawców listę osób do atakowania.

@rysiek czyli wydawcom wciąż wydaje się, że zyskają na tym?

@m4sk1n duzi wydawcy *WIEDZĄ*, że na tym zyskają. Bo duże platformy będą musiały im płacić za to, że się krótkie fragmenty tekstów pojawią w wynikach wyszukiwania (Art11), a potencjalni mali wydawcy zostaną wycięci z wyników wyszukiwania, bo jak Google miałoby podpisać umowę licencyjną z każdym pojedynczym blogerem?

Podobnie z Art13. Google i Facebook zapłacą za licencję na wrzucanie memów i obrazków, a małe platformy (jak Mastodon) zostaną wycięte.

@rysiek wiem jak to się skończy (tzn. domyślam się) bo wiem, jak „link tax” skończył się w innych krajach i wiem, że zyskają na tym w zasadzie tylko platformy takie jak Google i Facebook… Czy mniejsi wydawcy z urzędu będą objęci „podatkiem od linków”?

@m4sk1n tak.

Wszyscy wiemy jak to się skończy. Ale wydawcy mają doskonałych lobbystów.

@rysiek To może dzwonić do największych wydawców, uświadamiać ich że na tym nie zyskają? 🤔

@m4sk1n powodzenia życzę. Są tak głęboko przekonani o swojej racji, tak mocno zainwestowali w ten temat, że gwarantuję, że nie ma opcji.

Moim zdaniem lepiej poświęcić czas na wybranych przedstawicieli obywateli.

@lilletale can you send us the link so we can boost in Twitter too @rysiek

@rysiek btw they are in Strasbourg currently, right?


Is it just the Socialists & Democrats and Conservatives & Reformists that need persuading?

I usually go for whatever Green & European Free Alliance MEPs are in my region, but if they are already voting against it, I can just focus on S&D and C&R

@GreenandBlack @rysiek not being an EU resident, I have no idea but I do know that calls to those who are already against it are not wasted. They can cite the calls they have received as reasons others should also vote against.

@rysiek I sent an email one week ago, but I didn't know if I needed to give their answer back to help you ( mozilla and FSFE) and where I had to give that. I'm french and their emails answers are in french too ;)

@rysiek i emailed every single hungarian mep -- out of 20-something, only two of them bothered to respond at all. "democracy"

@rysiek Wikipedia, this well known communist organization.

@rysiek It is hilarious. Since when is Mozilla a powerful media platform with tons of money to spend on lobbying and since when Wikipedia is an enemy of copyright?

@rysiek Additionally, they now call Wikipedia linking to Mozilla a "backhanded collaborative lobbying of the platforms".

Which platforms? Since when Wikipedia and Mozilla are the "platforms" that the proposal's authors are directing this directive against?

@rysiek The same to you! Thank you for the hard work you did in Straßburg. Let's see the results tomorrow.

@rysiek Not being an EU citizen I don't know how based in reality this is.

But I do know that activist campaigns are often well-organized (perhaps too well) to try and make a stronger point, and that has no bearing on the conviction of the campaign.

And I don't like politicians papering over problems in their laws with exceptions, as those generally indicate deeper problems.

That said if you're yet to comment it'd be a good idea to directly address this in your own words.

@alcinnz I can tell you this is not a well organized campaign.

On the publishers' side, though, I am pretty sure that's a different story.

Nobody is asking for exceptions. Wikipedia doesn't want the exception. They want Art13 fixed for everyone. So does everyone else.

@rysiek Yet that's how politicians sometimes try to compromise with us.

On the TPPA citizenry of almost all the relevant countries did not want ISDS in any form and used the campaign for SmokeFree 2020 (in New Zealand) as an example of why it could be a bad idea. So an exception was added to the freetrade agreement for cigerrates.

The new exception on "property" though could be construed to be general enough.

@rysiek @alcinnz

The (well organized) people must not be allowed to sway the vote of MEPs to reduce the sad, weak influence which "might" come from the publishing industry. </snark>

@rysiek Lol, the old lobbying guard is absolutely losing it when being counter-lobbied.

On the positive side, I think it shows that it doesn't take much to defeat these gatekeepers, they're just used to operating in the dark, without opposition and hate being exposed.

The fact that they're talking about a " bad-faith attempt to discredit a proposed directive" even as that's been their strategy every time a relaxation of copyright was proposed has me on the floor.

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