Forum. As representatives of the civil society, internet users, and enterprises of services of digital, we ask the French government to preserve the open Internet as we know it, by preventing the establishment of a global filtering.
In Brussels, a draft new directive aimed at reforming the protection of copyright is discussed. Within it, a provision, section 13, is intended to impose on any intermediary of the Internet, when it hosts user content, detect and block out any online content that may be subject to protection by copyright.
There is a significant risk to see content totally legitimate censored as a preventive measure by private operators using automated filters by the fear of their legal liability incurred
Beyond the technical considerations, and of the obvious inconsistency with the principles laid down by the directive on the electronic commerce which have allowed the development of a free and open Internet, such a provision could only be social and economic consequences disastrous. The development of the Internet, the creativity, the diversity of content that we can find there and who make its wealth would be severely threatened.
There is a significant risk to see content totally legitimate censored as a preventive measure by private operators using automated filters by the fear of their legal liability involved. Gold technology has no concept of what is allowed or not, it knows neither satire nor parody, nor the creation of art. No safeguard is provided to prevent the over-blocking of legitimate content and we believe that these measures will not lead to the disappearance on the Internet content generated by the users or by millions of activists.