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Earlier this month, Mexico passed a catastrophic new #copyright law, virtually overnight, without adequate consultation or debate. They did it as part of Donald Trump's #USMCA treaty.


The law is incompatible with the Mexican Constitution, a remarkable document that has some of the most stringent protections for free expression in the world.


The law mandates copyright filters for online services. These are the automated algorithms that block you from posting anything that someone has identified as their copyrighted work.

Filters are blatantly unconstitutional. They represent "prior restraint" on speech - removal of content without a hearing or a court order. They are really poor substitutes for a judge.

Filters can't tell if the copyright claim they're honoring is real or fraudulent. They can't tell if they're matching your own piano performance of a classical composition or one that Sony Music has registered.


They can't tell if they're removing your walk in the park because an unscrupulous company has claimed copyright on the birds singing in the background:


They can't tell if you're documenting a war-crime:


They can't tell if you're livestreaming a scientific symposium where music is played on the lunch break:


They can't tell if you're recording a protest where people are playing music:


They can't tell if you're a giant media company presenting your own TV show at Comic-Con!


Filters can't tell if you're making a permitted use of a copyrighted work - criticism, parody, etc. They can't tell if you're quoting something in the public domain, like the works of Juana Inés de la Cruz.

Filters can’t tell if you’re an artist being blackmailed by a copyfraudster who demands cash or they’ll have your work removed:


When filters get it wrong, you have to get in line to get your free expression out of copyright jail. That takes a long time. How long? How about TWENTY EIGHT MONTHS:


Mexicans have the right to participate in their culture. The Internet is where our politics, civics, education and family life take place. Filters remove our speech at the speed of a computer, and the companies put it back at the speed of glaciers.

Mexico's National Commission for Human Rights has the power to overturn this unconstitutional, terrible law. It must act to do so!

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