Anonymous CyberGuerrilla & AnonOps IRC Launch #OpCopyWrong In Attempt To Lobby EU Parliament To Vote Against Impending Copyright Reform

This weekend members of the AnonOps Internet Relay Chat (IRC) and Anonymous CyberGuerrilla announced the formation of “Operation Copy Wrong” (#OpCopyWrong), an international protest movement aimed at lobbying European Parliament against passing new changes to existing Copyright laws – laws which are set to be put into motion by the European Union for the first time later this month. At the present moment in time however, the operation appears to be nothing more than a legitimate activism/protest movement, rather than a hacktivism movement, though it does remain to be seen if any Government websites or infrastructure will come under cyber attack as a result of it.

For the time being, you are invited to learn more through the video and resources provided below. If this is an issue you also feel strongly about, you are invited to participate in the movement and/or reach out to your elected officials to let them know how you feel.

#OpCopyWrong Original Press Release:

Transcript from Video:

Greetings citizens of Europe,

The biggest threat to the internet is at our doorsteps, and we need you to fight against it.

On the 25-28 of March, the European Parliament will most likely vote the European Copyright Directive into law. Under the final text, any online community, platform or service is responsible for ensuring that no user ever posts anything that infringes copyright, even momentarily. This is impossible, and the closest any service can come to it is spending hundreds of millions of euros to develop automated copyright filters. Those filters will subject all internet traffic of every European citizen to interception and arbitrary censorship if a black-box algorithm decides their text, pictures, sounds or videos are a match for a known copyrighted work. They are a gift to fraudsters and criminals, to say nothing of censors, both government and private.

Under article 13 of the copyright directive every online community, service or platform is required to make “best efforts” to license anything their users might conceivably upload, meaning that they have to buy virtually anything any copyright holder offers to sell them, at any price, on pain of being liable for infringement if a user later uploads that work.

Article 11, which allows news sites to decide who can link to their stories and charge for permission to do so, is also a huge threat to our internet freedom. The final text clarifies that any link that contains more than “single words or very short extracts” from a news story must be licensed, with no exceptions for noncommercial users, nonprofit projects, or even personal websites with ads or other income sources, no matter how small.

In order to save the internet, we are launching Operation CopyWrong.

Join us by getting informed about the European Copyright directive and by contacting your representatives. To let our voices be heard, we will be leaving our keyboards and we will take to the streets throughout Europe on the 23rd of March. Our peaceful protest will send a clear message to the European Parliament that we want them to represent European citizens, not industry lobbyists.


Learn More:

Contact Your Representatives:
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