On behalf of the Wikimedia Foundation, I want to thank our governing board
for its strong and unanimous statement opposing the EU copyright package.
I've written a blog
<https://blog.wikimedia.org/2018/06/29/eu-copyright-proposal-will-hurt-web-wikipedia/>about
the Foundation's opposition to the copyright proposals, which also explains
how we have been advocating against them and what you can do.  Please share
widely.  We are making translations available as well.

Thank you,

Eileen Hershenov
General Counsel and Secretary
Wikimedia Foundation

Eileen B. Hershenov
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On Fri, Jun 29, 2018 at 6:03 AM, María Sefidari <msefid...@wikimedia.org>
wrote:

> The Board of Trustees of the Wikimedia Foundation, which operates
> Wikipedia, the world’s largest online repository of free knowledge, believe
> that the European Union’s proposed copyright directive is a threat to
> essential human freedoms. If passed, it would limit free expression, and
> cause serious harm to collaboration and diversity online.
>
> Over the last few months, the Wikimedia Foundation has been watching
> developments around new proposed copyright laws in Europe very closely.
>
> On June 20, the Legal Affairs Committee of the European Parliament voted to
> support proposed copyright laws that, if enacted, will significantly limit
> the openness of the internet, diminishing the ability of people around the
> globe to access knowledge, while stifling innovation and imposing what we
> believe will be unreasonable costs on new or smaller websites. We expressed
> our opposition to these proposals at the time, and the Wikimedia Foundation
> -- along with many in the Wikimedia movement—advocated against them. We now
> do so again as we approach July 5th, which will be another critical moment
> in the legislative process as the issue comes up for a vote once again.
>
> The Wikimedia Foundation and its projects exist to harness the power of a
> free and open web to make knowledge more accessible for everyone. Our
> mission to create a world where everyone can share in the sum of human
> knowledge requires a web in which all people can freely collaborate to
> create and access knowledge.
>
> This flawed EU copyright proposal contradicts that vision.
>
> Instead of truly modernizing copyright for Europe and promoting everyone's
> participation in information society, the proposal threatens freedom online
> and creates new obstacles to access by imposing new barriers, filters, and
> restrictions.
>
> We are committed to remaining a strong advocate and partner for enabling
> society’s ability to share and curate knowledge in free and open spaces.
>
> Now is the time to stand up for the free and open internet.
>
> Today we, as Trustees of the Wikimedia Foundation, *unanimously and
> strongly*, urge the European Parliament and Council *to oppose* the
> proposed directive in its current version and stand on the side of the
> people in Europe. Please read the Wikimedia Foundation's statement on EU
> copyright reform
> <https://blog.wikimedia.org/2018/06/29/eu-copyright-
> proposal-will-hurt-web-wikipedia/>
> and take action at Changecopyright.org <https://changecopyright.org/>.
>
> On behalf of the Board,
>
> María Sefidari
> Vice Chair of the Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees
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