240 EU businesses sign open letter against Copyright directive Art. 11 & 13

Dear Members of the European Parliament,

The companies signing this letter to the European Parliament are urging you to vote against Articles 11 and 13 of the proposed copyright directive. The text of the trilogue agreement would harm the European economy and seriously undermine the ability of European businesses to compete with big Internet giants like Google.

We support the goal of the legislation to protect the rights of creators and publishers, but the proposed measures are inadequate to reap these benefits and also fail to strike a fair balance between creators and all other parts of society. The success of our business enterprises will be seriously jeopardized by these heavy-handed EU regulations.

Especially Article 13 is dangerously experimenting with the core foundation of the Internet’s ecosystem. Making companies directly liable for the content of their users forces these businesses to make billions of legal decisions about the legality of content. Most companies are neither equipped nor capable of implementing the automatic content filtering mechanisms this requires, which are expensive and prone to error.

Article 11 is creating a completely new intellectual property right for press publishers. The experience with similar laws in Germany and Spain raises serious doubts about the expected benefits, while the negative impact would be very real. An additional layer of exclusive rights would make it harder to clear the necessary legal hurdles to start new projects. It will make entrepreneurs more hesitant to just launch new projects. Europe would lose any chance to play a significant role on the world stage. Startups that build services based on aggregated online information would go out of business, and every company that publishes press summaries of their appearance in the media would be in violation of this law.

Although the purpose of these regulations is to limit the powers of big US Internet companies like Google or Facebook, the proposed legislation would end up having the opposite effect. Article 13 requires filtering of massive amounts of data, requiring technology only the Internet giants have the resources to build. European companies will be thus forced to hand over their data to them, jeopardizing the independence of the European tech industry as well as the privacy of our users. European companies like ours will be hindered in their ability to compete or will have to abandon certain markets completely.

Given all of these issues it is noteworthy that the final trilogue agreement lacks meaningful safeguards for small and medium enterprises. The broad scope of this law would most likely lead to less new companies being founded in Europe and existing companies moving their headquarters out of Europe. For all those reasons we urge every pro-Startup politician to vote against Article 11 and Article 13.

Sincerely,

Frank Karlitschek, Founder & CEO, Nextcloud GmbH, Germany
Jutta Steiner, CEO & Founder, Parity, United Kingdom
Alan Duric, CTO/COO and Co-Founder, Wire, Switzerland
Jon Karlung, CEO Bahnhof AB, Sweden
Stefan Lingler, CTO, finderly Gmbh, Austria
Philippe Kalaf, CEO, Collabora Limited, United Kingdom
Till Faida, CEO, eyeo GmbH, Germany
Cătălin Frâncu, Founder, dexonline.ro, Romania
Ruth Schöllhammer, Chairwoman of the Managing Board, Deutscher Gründerverband, Germany
Sam Tuke, CEO, phpList, United Kingdom
Peter Ganten, Founder and CEO, Univention & Chairman, Open Source Business Alliance, Germany
p≡p Security SA, Luxembourg
Lenard Koschwitz, Senior Director Global Policy, Allied for Startups, EU/Global
Erik Muttersbach, CTO, FreightHub, Germany
Nitrokey UG, Germany
Dom Hallas, Executive Director, The Coalition for a Digital Economy (COADEC), United Kingdom
Tobias Gerlinger, CEO, Owncloud, Germany
Adela Zábražná, Executive Manager, SAPIE – The Slovak Alliance for Innovation Economy, Slovakia
Travis Todd, Co-founder, Silicon Allee, Germany
Harald Kapper, CEO, Kapper Network-Communications GmbH, Austria
Tim Pritlove, Owner, Metaebene Personal Media, Germany
Bernd Hilmar, CEO, VIRTEXXA Cloud Services SRL, Romania
Frank J. Dürring, Dipl.-Inf. (FH), CEO, condero Aktiengesellschaft, Germany
Markus Raunig, Managing Director, AustrianStartups, Austria
Mirko Lorenz, Co-founder and Co-CEO, Datawrapper, Germany
Brian Joseph, CEO, Kopano BV, Netherlands
Dr. Detlef Oertel and Erol Ülükmen, Managing Directors, uib gmbh, Germany
Julia Szopa, President of the Board, Startup Poland, Poland
Paolo Vecchi,CEO, Omnis Cloud, Luxembourg
Timo Hetzel, Managing Director, Undsoversum GmbH, Germany
Maddalena Falzoni, CEO, MaadiX, Spain
Ralf Becker, CEO, Birgit Becker, CEO, Egroupware GmbH, Germany
Gianmarco Carnovale, Chairman, Roma Startup, Italy
Ulrich Brandner, CEO, CIB software GmbH, Germany
Steffen Weber, CEO, ComputerBase GmbH, Germany
evenly GmbH, Germany
Pierre Beyssac, CEO & Founder, Eriomem.net, France
Stefan Scholz, CEO, Zellwerk GmbH & Co. KG, Germany
Schallert.com e.U., Austria
Factory, Germany
Nicolas Chauvat, CEO, Logilab, France
Maik Aussendorf, Managing Director, Bareos GmbH & Co. KG, Germany
Richard Marx, COO, Assanti Insurance Technologies, Netherlands
Philippe Hemmel, President, Arawa, France
Fabio Natali, Director, Reckon Digital, United Kingdom
Sebastian Jabbusch, Founder and CEO, Public Impact UG, Germany
Labarama, Austria
Mario Behling, CEO, OpnTec GmbH, Germany
Daniel Hansson, Founder and Owner, T&M Hansson IT AB, Sweden
Lars Fassmann, Founder and CEO, chemmedia AG, Germany
Alexander Todorov, CEO, Open Technologies Bulgaria, Ltd, Bulgaria
Dr. Detlef Hühnlein, CEO, ecsec GmbH, Germany
Tom Knienieder, CEO, peaknetworks e.U., Austria
Karsten Klein, CEO, metaeffekt GmbH, Germany
Thierry Leblond, CEO, Scille, France
Dirk Ahrnke, Managing Director, it:25, Germany
Gerhard Sternath, CEO/CFO, LINBIT HA-Solutions GmbH, Austria
Bernhard Reiter, Managing Director, Intevation GmbH, Germany
Alexey Volkov, Founder and CEO, On My Disk, Slovenia
Marcel van Duijvendijk, CEO, Wind Engineering Solutions, Netherlands
Bozena Jarosz, CEO, SecN UG, Germany
Dr.ir Rick van Rein, CTO, OpenFortress B.V., Netherlands
Dirk Kutsche, CEO, pro-ite GmbH, Germany
Anne Dillard, Pierre Fumet & Cyril Lacoux, Managing Directors, EASTER-EGGS, France
Felix Arndt, CEO, fnordserver, Germany
Oscar Ortega, CEO, BTACTIC, Spain
Clemens Toennies, CEO, Blue Systems GmbH, Germany
Ajdin Gazija, CEO and Christian Machalitzky, CTO, NOBUGS IT GmbH, Austria
Dirk Breunich, CEO, Donner & Doria Werbeagentur GmbH, Germany
Dennis Pennings, CTO, Good Cloud BV, Netherlands
Silvina Furnadzhieva, CEO, Double Click Systems Ltd., Bulgaria
Samuel John, CEO, OtoJig GmbH, Germany
Marius Quabeck, CEO, NerdZoom Media, Germany
Martin Wiederkehr, CEO & Partner, Ops One AG, Switzerland
Mario Peshev, CEO, DevriX Ltd., Bulgaria
Steffen Lindner, CEO, Portknox.net, Germany
Tada.city, Netherlands
Omnis Systems Ltd, United Kingdom
Alexander Nimmervoll, Managing Director, Generalize-IT Solutions OG, Austria
Nadine Nüsse, CCO, Innovo Cloud GmbH, Germany
Christopher Neal, Director, Twist Development Limited, United Kingdom
Werner Klinger, CEO, Neodiffusion, France
Liane Hampe, Managing Director, xmera e.K., Germany
Markus Frei, Managing Director, Linuxfabrik, Switzerland
Dr. Richard Heigl, Co-Founder and CEO, Hallo Welt! GmbH, Germany
Sander Venema, Owner, Asteroid Interactive, Netherlands
Harald Dittmar, CEO, sys-pro GmbH, Germany
Daniel Huhardeaux, CEO, TOOTAi, France
Johan Poortvliet, Owner, Adjoadvies bv, Netherlands
Philipp Süß, Managing Owner, Ingenieurbüro Süß & friends, Germany
Patricia Moncorgé, CEO, Editions D-BookeR, France
Ralf Guttmann, CEO, Hyperspace GmbH, Germany
Patrick Babonneau, CTO, Eralog, France
Thomas Michalak, Owner, Nimmerland Nextcloud Service, Germany
Huib Verweij, Owner, X-Scale, Netherlands
Nicolas Lantz, Founder and CEO, UBICORE, France
Oliver Breidenbach, Director (CEO), Boinx Software Ltd., Germany
360ict, Netherlands
Just Software AG, Germany
Frédéric Da Vitoria, Owner, FDV Informatique, France
Stefan Vartolomeev, CEO & Founder, Pisateli BG, Bulgaria
Claudia Behr, Owner, computer & communication, Austria
Johan Bernhardsson, CEO, Kafit AB, Sweden
Clara Guinea Jaime, CEO, WIKIVITAS SL, Spain
Holger Schlichting, Managing Director, PRAXISFELD GmbH, Germany
Romain Hurdequint, Founder, The Daily Board Co., France
Jörg Günther, Main shareholder, AFI Solutions GmbH, Germany
Oslandia, France
Ingo Wichmann, CEO, Linuxhotel GmbH, Germany
Inventia Plus S.L., Spain
Jérémie Lesage, Company Manager, JECI SARL, France
Philip Bräunlich, Managing Director, Gerrit van Aaken, Managing Director, whitespace GmbH, Germany
Reinhold Baudisch, CEO, Michael Doberer, CEO, durchblicker.at, Austria
Robert Gavin, Managing Partner, Sören Tschiersch, Managing Partner, Flens IT Solutions GmbH, Germany
Hal Hughes, Director, TeeBase UK Ltd., United Kingdom
Sebastian Software GmbH, Germany
Florent Manens, CEO, BeeZim, France
Linnart Unger, Founder and Managing Director, Studio GOOD digital GmbH, Germany
Ing. Mag. Dr. Vincenz Leichtfried, CEO, LV7 Media Services, Austria
Mark Heckes, Managing Director, complingua GmbH, Germany
Andrej Stojanovič, CEO, A-com spletne storitve, Slovenia
Ingomar Otter, Director Technology & Innovation, Valtech Mobility GmbH, Germany
Josef Mayerhofer, Executive Director, WVNET, Austria
Bär Tiger Wolf GmbH, Germany
Julien Fastré, Administrator, Champs Libres Cooperative SCRLFS, Belgium
fullstax GmbH & CO. KG, Germany
Bauspenglerei Sukup-Groetzer OG, Austria
Biker-Boarder, Germany
Autonom Health GesundheitsbildungsGmbH, Austria
Nerdlichter AG, Germany
Tripple Internet Content Services, Austria
Yaltik, France
Konrad Koch, CTO, pantaBio AG, Germany
Nicolas Ducoulombier, Founder and CEO, Sébastien Ducoulombier, Founder and CEO, Julien Steinhauser, CEO, Les Développements Durables, France
Ansgar H. Licher, Co-Founder & CEO, Martin Werthmöller, Co-Founder & CTO, Lwsystems GmbH & Co. KG, Germany


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Signatories after publication

Mathias Bartholomäus, CEO and founder, studio.201 software GmbH, Germany
Tomas Vondra, Technical director, Home at Cloud, Czech Republic
Marcus Toth, CEO, Beamy Lake GmbH, Austria
Christopher Atlan, Owner, Letter Opener GmbH, Austria
Dennis Nissen, CEO, naymspace GmbH & Co. KG, Germany
Max Seelemann, Co-Founder & Executive Director, Ulysses GmbH & Co. KG, Germany
Torsten Markmann, Managing Director, Uplinked UG, Germany
Pavel Volk, Owner, Pavel Volk – Bischofstein, Czech Republic
Reinblau eG, Germany
Błażej Sołtowski, CEO & Co-Founder, MLabs sp. z o.o., Poland
Dennis Nissen, CEO, naymspace software GmbH & Co. KG, Germany
Maik Derstappen, CEO, Derico, Germany
Peter Faxe Lachenmair, Owner, lachenmair.info – it consulting, Germany
Redon Skikuli, Business Development, Collective68, Albania
Aris Ntatsis, CEO, Onscreen Web Services, Greece
Nikos Roussos, Founder, Autoverse, Greece
Eduardo Díaz Comellas, CEO, Ultreia Comunicaciones, SL, Spain
Ricardo Cristof Remmert-Fontes, Owner, Midvinter Holzhandwerk, Germany
Youthweb e.V., Germany
Elio Quoshi, Founder, Ura Design, Albania
Jérôme Marchini, founder, paquerette.eu, France
Pedro Fernandes, Founder, TugaTech, Portugal
Fabian Spielberger, CEO, Pepper Media Holding GmbH, Germany
Jasir Baftijari, Founder, JABA e.K., Germany
Ole Emken, Co-Founder & CEO, medienweite GmbH & Co. KG, Germany
Daniel Weingart, Freelancer, Medien & Design, Germany
Christian Steiauf, Sales Manager, Endpoint Protector GmbH, Germany
Pierre Chevalier, géologue et informaticien, Sémofi, France
Bastian Allgeier, CEO, Bastian Allgeier GmbH, Germany
Julian Mair, Co-Founder, Hotel Tirolerhof des Mair Manfred & Co. KG, Italy
David Lopez, SerenaMail, Spain
Speed U Up, Austria
Daniel Bönisch, Founder and CEO, UEBERBIT GmbH, Germany
Jacobo Vidal, Co-Founder & CEO, Arengu, Spain
Michael Wegge, CEO & Founder, Firesource UG, Germany
Benjamin Schröter – CEO, Founder & Wolfram Bernhardt – CEO, Founder, Rhein-Spree Software Engineering GmbH, Germany
Valentin Born, owner, born2webdesign, Germany
Arnaud Launay, CEO, Cusae, France
Dr. Ingo Keck, CTO, Moringa Science Publishing UG, Germany
Peter Faxe Lachenmair, owner, lachenmair.info – it consulting, Germany
Georg Stefanowitsch, OHNE LIMIT, Germany
Eleftherios Tzouanakis, owner, CretaDrive, Greece
Peter Gierl (CTO), markt.de GmbH & Co KG, Germany
Konrad Greilich, Thomas Möhle, Marius Hoppe (Founders), Bitkomplex UG (haftungsbeschränkt), Germany
Damien Accorsi – Dirigeant, Algoo, France
Markus Winzer, Prokurist, E. Winzer GmbH & Co KG, Austria
Founder, Saber, UK
Fernando Alava, owner, PixyBit SLU, Spain
Xavier Colombel, CEO, Le Reacteur, France
CEO & Co-founder, Tiptapp, Sweden
Jerome Leclanche, Director, Goveni Limited, Ireland
Florian Traverse, CTO and founder, RockSolead, France
Christian Maas, Founder, myNFP, Germany
Tillmann Carlos Bielefeld, CEO, Maerketing Europe OÜ, Estonia
Evan Murs, owner, Opentruss – Ethicity, Ireland
Kenny Levinsen, Founder and CEO, Levinsen Software IVS, Denmark
Martijn Vos, founder, Vosdev, Netherlands
Thomas Schweizer-Bolzonello, CEO, Intelliance, Estonia
Founder, Screenaware UG, Germany
Florian Wesch, CEO, inlua GmbH & Co. KG, Germany
David Sinclair (CEO), Codebreeze, Sweden
Loris Cuoghi, Founder & CTO, AArtificiale, France
Vinay Sajip, Red Dove Consultants Limited, UK
Andrea Borghi, CEO, W Key s.r.l., Italy
Damjan Maticic, CEO, Koofr, Slovenia
Dmitriy Akulov, CEO, PerfOps, Poland
George Kastelakis, CEO, Ignimedia EE, Greece
Rasmus Porsager, Founder, Porsager IVS, Denmark
Sylvain Kerkour, CEO, Phaser Security France
Stefan Keller, CEO, Keller & Neudecker GdbR, Germany
Robin Jakobsson, Wavy AB, Sweden
Bert Defoor founder, Gardica, Belgium
Hakon Eide, CEO, Personal Software Ltd, UK
CTO, DreamApply.com, Estonia
Jan Rychter, Founder, PartsBox.io, Poland
Bart van Bragt, Founder, Bokt.nl, Netherlands
Dr. Bernd Niklas Klein, CTO, ZENNER IoT Solutions GmbH, Germany
Johan Christenson, CEO, City Network, Sweden
Dawid Wiktor, Founder & CEO, Media Scope Group, Estonia
Ghislain Fabre, Open-Elearning, France
Founder & CEO, Abilian SAS, France
Patrick Broeckers, CEO, opwoco GmbH, Germany
Andreas Gebhard, CEO, Newthinking Communications GmbH, Germany
François Armand, CTO, Rudder.io, France
Tanel Raud, Owner and Manager, Hinnavaatlus OÜ, Eesti
Rene Saare, CTO, Folderit Ltd, Estonia
IBTC Rüdiger Alich, Markus Gerards und Marcel Weber GbR, Germany
Rory Koehler, CEO, Bibimapp Ltd, Ireland
Andreas Schroth, CEO, hPage Ltd., Malta
Stephan Fürnrohr (CEO), Selbstdenker AG, Germany
Mathias Höbinger, CEO and co-founder, ShapeDiver GmbH, Austria
Sebastian Denef, CEO & Co-Founder, OWN.space, Germany
Nicola, owner,, Alix Società cooperativa, Italy
Niall McCarthy, CEO, Crust Technology Ltd, Ireland
Francisco Puga, Co-Owner, iCarto, Spain
Sebastian Lasse, journalist, Redaktorcms, Germany
RebelWeb, Netherlands
Li Cai, CEO, Doypp GmbH, Germany
Simon Dückert, CEO, Cogneon GmbH, Germany
Maximilian Schieder, Zeug e.K., Germany
Morgan Leijström, CEO, Tribun AB, Sweden
Friedrich Stagl, Founder & CEO, OwnCube, Austria
GreenNet, UK

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