Growing bigger and bigger in 2018, the campaign managed by the EDRi network has become the main platform for concerned citizens wanting to contact EU policy makers about the proposed implementation of upload filters in the European Union.

Hundreds of thousands of EU citizens have taken action: people took the streets, picked up their phone to call their representatives and engaged decision makers on social media.


People gather to protest against Article 13. (Munich, 2019 – via

Pledge2019 allowed voters from all EU Member States to call their representatives free of charge and convince them to pledge to reject the upload filters included in the Article 13 (now Art. 17) of the controversial proposal for the EU Copyright Directive. Coordinated by EDRi member, the action mobilised over………. to make ….. calls – a total of more than hrs of conversation.


Internet blackouts

Several major websites decided to shut down their pages, in solidarity with our actions. Wikipedia chapters in Italy, Germany, Czech Republic, Denmark, and Slovakia blacked out, while other websites as Reddit, Twitch, Pornhub displayed banners of support.

Many voices – same message

A host of experts spoke against Article 13, from the UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of expression David Kaye to academics specialising in intellectual property law, to the founder of the world wide web Sir Tim Berners-Lee together with other internet emincences and continuing to the International Federation of Journalists : they all urged European policy makers to rethink the EU Copyright Directive.

Dark day for the internet, bright future for people mobilisation

After an initial success in which the European Parliament rejected the proposed upload filters, in the end the European Commission, the EU Council and the European Parliament reached an agreement to proceed with the (in)famous Article 13.

While a dark day for the internet, showed that people mobilisation can have an impact in EU laws.

EDRi is proud to have been part of the fight.