Legislators need to take into account the public interest in implementing Article 17

42 organizations that advocate for the protection of fundamental rights of users on the internet and a wide access to knowledge, amongst which Civil Liberties Union of Europe, Wikimedia Foundation, IFLA, EDRi, Communia and Creative Commons, addressed an open letter to the European Commission at the beginning of this week.

In the letter they emphasize the importance of respecting the rights from the Charter of fundamental rights of the EU in the process of transposing the Directive on copyright in the Digital Single Market into national legislations of member states. In connection to Article 17 (previous Article 13), freedom of expression and a transparent implementation promoting a constructive debate and taking into account the public interest that the undersigned organizations represent is of crucial importance.

The Directive was published in the Official Journal of the EU which means that the member states will have 2 years to implement it starting 7 June.