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‘Dark day for internet freedom’: EU approves controversial copyright reform

Via RT


The European Parliament has voted to adopt the highly controversial Article 13 provision which would govern the production and distribution of content online under the auspices of increasing copyright protections.

Tuesday’s move will update the EU’s 20-year-old copyright rules and will govern everything from audiovisual content to memes, much to the dismay of many social media users who have already begun outpouring their grief online.

MEPs passed the legislation by 348 votes to 274 Tuesday. Opponents had hoped for last-minute amendments to be made but their efforts were in vain.

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Julia Reda, a German MEP with the Pirate Party, described it as a “dark day for internet freedom.”

Article 13 or ‘The Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market’ makes all platforms legally responsible for the content hosted and shared on their platforms.

The process of updating the bloc’s copyright laws began in the European Commission two years ago, ostensibly to protect Europe’s publishers, broadcasters and artists and guarantee fair compensation from big tech companies.

By essentially forcing companies like Google, Facebook and Twitter to pay artists and publishers for the reproduction of their work online, include in meme format, the EU is effectively clamping down on online memery.

The onus will now be on tech companies to clamp down on content-sharing on their platforms, which will likely ensure yet more draconian policing of speech and content.

EU member states now have two years to pass their own laws putting Article 13 into effect.

Tens of thousands marched in protest across Germany ahead of the vote, decrying what they viewed as severe online censorship.

Tech giant Google said that while the directive is “improved” it will still lead to legal uncertainty and will damage Europe’s creative and digital economies.

Critics have argued that the only way for Article 13 to be effectively enforced would be through the use of upload filters which automatically check content to see if it’s copyrighted or not, at least in theory. However, the exact mechanics of such a system have yet to be fully debated and the potential for abuse is immediately clear.

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Article 11 & 13 are all about ‘Censorship’ the copyright scheme is just a smoke mirror and deception. It proofes once again the EU + so called EU-Parliament is corrupt and rotten to the core they are THE Enemies of the European Citizens and Highly Anti-Democratic and Illegitimate.

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There may be more to this that’s worth hearing out. Not disagreeing about the anti-democratic nature of things and wouldn’t trust the EU as far as I can throw them, but it was stated on BBC (more reason to question things) that the fine detail may support, or at least give room for memes and creativity. It’s still not clear and there still seems room for corruption so watch this space.

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I should also say there’s some disagreement over the vote with a few MEP’s stating they mis-voted due to false or misleading info.

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IMO it looks more like election fraud/manipulation/rigging and I’m not surprised.

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You bring the matches, I’ll bring the kerosine. I think there’s beer in the fridge and marshmallows on the table. I fear someone or something must hit the reset button.

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