Copy This Podcast Episode 15: Don’t Let the EU Ruin the Internet For Everyone Else

In the 15th episode of Copy This, host Kirby Ferguson talks with copyright policy advisor Paul Keller about his work to oppose the European Union’s Copyright Directive and its controversial Article 13 content filtering proposal. Paul, along with the #saveyourinternet campaign, have helped lead the public fight against the the restrictive copyright proposal.

While the battle over internet freedom is taking place in the EU, its sheer scale will have a real and harmful impact on creators here in the U.S who represent an increasingly important sector of our economy. Re:Create’s own research shows that the economic value of America’s New Creative Economy is a baseline of $6 billion, with nearly 15 million independent American creators earning revenue across every state – and that is a conservative estimate.

Described as a “clear descendent” of the SOPA/PIPA censorship bills that went down in flames in the U.S. in 2012, the Copyright Directive will cause major new market barriers for American creators (see Patreon’s many concerns on behalf of creators here), depriving them of revenues and access to consumers, and will be especially harmful for small creators.

Tune in to learn more about why creators in the U.S. should speak out to protect the free flow of information, creativity, speech and innovation between the continents.

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