In 2016, European lawmakers began a process to draft copyright legislation for EU member states. Concerned that these laws would benefit incumbent media industries and criminalize everyday internet activity such as making memes and sharing gifs, Mozilla Advocacy crafted a series of videos and a petition page explaining why copyright matters to ordinary citizens. We also created a microsite, Postcrimes, that allowed users to take a photo themselves in front of prominent European landmarks. Under current copyright law, many of these landmarks are protected by copyright and sharing images of them online is technically illegal.
We also commissioned the Harmony Institute to do an impact evaluation which you can read here.