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Take a selfie as a form of political protest? Yes you can

Mozilla is helping EU citizens protest an old copyright law that prohibits selfies, panoramas and memes in front of certain landmarks.


Using the Post Crimes app from Mozilla, I created a selfie to protest EU copyright law.

Screenshot by Patrick Holland/CNET

Taking a selfie in front of the Eiffel Tower at night is illegal. Sound ridiculous? Perhaps you're not familiar with an outdated European Union copyright law. To help you protest the law, should you wish to protest, Mozilla released a web app called Post Crimes.

Simply upload a picture and the app will superimpose it onto a photo of a copyright-protected European landmark (technically you just broke the law twice!). It then sends the result as a postcard to a member of the EU Parliament.

The EU is changing many parts of its copyright laws. One area that remains unchanged are old laws that make many popular creative expressions on the internet illegal. Mozilla sees this as a missed opportunity and is provoking the EU to update these laws.

"We're not advocating plagiarism or piracy, " said Mozilla in a blog post Monday. "Mozilla wants to improve copyright for everyone, so individuals are not discouraged from creating and innovating."

Post Crimes is trying to get 1,000 post cards sent to Parliament -- only 954 to go!


The Post Crimes app allows you to send a selfie postcard directly to a member of the EU Parliament.

Screenshot by Patrick Holland/CNET