Create.Refresh – Protect your right to create

Kennisland is one of the initiators of the Create.Refresh campaign. The Create.Refresh campaign opposes the proposed measures that privilege the interests of big rights holders above the interests for small and independent creators and users and aims for a better solution that works for all creators, large and small and their audiences.


Create.Refresh's campaign movie which explains the possible consequences of article 13.
20 November 2017

Kennisland is one of the initiators++PartnersCreate.Refresh is also supported by our partners COMMUNIA, Copyright for Creativity, Centrum Cyfrowe, Creative Commons, and the Blender Foundation of the Create.Refresh campaign. With this campaign we are providing a platform for creators who don’t share the repressive approach to EU copyright reform that is pushed for by big rightholders to make their voices heard. In the light of legislative proposals that would require online platforms to filter all user uploads++Policy paper on article 13Read here the COMMUNIA full policy paper on user rights and upload filtering for a more in depth analysis of the Commission’s proposal.  we are calling on creators to be part of a movement that defends the right to create and exchange culture online. The ultimate ambition of our campaign is to inspire a new approach to copyright in the digital domain that protects the interests of all creators and users alike.

In a first step Create.Refresh is aiming to prevent the upload filters envisaged in article 13 of the European Commission’sUpload filters are by definition incapable of respecting the rights users and creators have under exception to copyright. proposal for a copyright in the Digital Single Market directive from becoming a reality. Upload filters are by definition incapable of respecting the rights users and creators have under exception to copyright++Content filtering needs to be regulatedRead here why the idea of upload filters is problematic from both a technical and a legal point of view and why they should be regulated.  . Mandating such filters for online platforms would severely limit the ability to to remix, remake, create, reference, parody, document, critique, and meme content online.

These changes would primarily affect small and independent creators who will find it more difficult to find audiences, interact with them or to experiment online. Creative expression will effectively be censored, leaving only the bigger, more established players protected. Many of the sites that we use every day for information or entertainment may cease to exist.

Fair rules for online content

The Create.Refresh campaign opposes the proposed measures that privilege the interests of big rights holders above the interests for small and independent creators and users. Should the mandatory upload filters envisaged in Article 13 of the Commission’s proposal become law, the European Internet will lose a lot of its cultural diversity.Should the mandatory upload filters envisaged in Article 13 of the Commission’s proposal become law, the European Internet will lose a lot of its cultural diversity. This is why we are encouraging creators++Contribute to Create.RefreshSee here how you can contribute to the Create.Refresh campaign. to make content pieces that stand for their freedom of expression.

When it comes to drafting new copyright rules for the European Union, we need to come up with a better solution that works for all creators, large and small and their audiences.