Stiff EU copyright proposals that theoretically ban memes, gifs and even pictures of some landmarks are the target of a campaign backed by Firefox browser maker Mozilla, which has encouraged a campaign of digital civil disobedience it’s calling Post Crimes.
Post Crimes is centered on a web app that lets users mock up selfies of themselves in front of several European landmarks, then send them as postcards to EU lawmakers to ridicule the proposed copyright laws.
Mozilla specifically objects to many parts of the EU proposal, including a lack of exceptions covering panoramas, parodies and remixes, serious restrictions on automated crawling of the public web, and a requirement that major ISPs obtain agreements from rightsholders to serve their content, which could mean system-wide use of DRM technology in some cases.
“These proposals, if adopted as they are, would deal a blow to EU startups, to independent coders, creators, and artists, and to the health of the internet as a driver for economic growth and innovation,” said the Mozilla blog.
According to Post Crimes’ website, the stunt hasn’t really taken off yet – just five users have sent postcards to EU representatives as of Tuesday afternoon EST, and the campaign is apparently shooting for at least 1,000 such missives. There’s also a petition, available here.
Europe, traditionally, places more limits on freedom of expression and copyright law than the U.S., where things like parody and remixes are covered by long-standing legal precedent. The pattern seems set to continue, should the latest EU proposals be adopted.