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"link tax", "censorship machines" and EU's Looming Internet Catastrophe

by marto (Archbishop)
on Sep 07, 2018 at 11:14 UTC ( #1221919=perlmeditation: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

I believe that this Cory Doctorow article is worth reading, and acting upon: Why the Whole World Should Be Up in Arms About the EU's Looming Internet Catastrophe. An extract:

Under Article 11 the "link tax" online services are banned from allowing links to news services on their platforms unless they get a license to make links to the news; the rule does not define "news service" or "link," leaving 28 member states to make up their own definitions and leaving it to everyone else to comply with 28 different rules.

Under Article 13 the "censorship machines" anyone who allows users to communicate in public by posting audio, video, stills, code, or anything that might be copyrighted must send those posts to a copyright enforcement algorithm. The algorithm will compare it to all the known copyrighted works (anyone can add anything to the algorithm's database) and censor it if it seems to be a match.

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Re: "link tax", "censorship machines" and EU's Looming Internet Catastrophe
by hippo (Canon) on Sep 07, 2018 at 11:35 UTC

    I concur. These are terrible, terrible ideas and should never be enacted. That said, I do not see how they can possibly enforce these on any entity with no EU presence. That makes it doubly bad for the EU, its citizens and their organisations.

    The ray of hope is that this has been voted down once already and hopefully will be again. If you have an MEP, now might be a good time to contact them.

      > That said, I do not see how they can possibly enforce these on any entity with no EU presence

      Well obviously by blocking them from EU customers.

      If this entity doesn't care, it'll be fine.

      talking about perlmonks, we often had discussions about links to pirated O Reilly books hosted in Ukraine.

      I suppose we'll be obliged to remove them.

      And I'd be interested to see the definition of "link", if it needs to be clickable , we might gonna see a discussion to ban real links coming from anno monks.

      Cheers Rolf
      (addicted to the Perl programming Language :)
      Wikisyntax for the Monastery FootballPerl is like chess, only without the dice

Re: "link tax", "censorship machines" and EU's Looming Internet Catastrophe
by marto (Archbishop) on Sep 12, 2018 at 13:03 UTC

      Every one of them that backed this is either an idiot or corrupt or (given the corpus) quite possibly both.

      Hopefully here in the UK they will delay ratification until after Brexit at which point it can just be abandoned.

        > is either an idiot or corrupt

        Well the European parliament is often enough a laughable assembly, but the British long stopped to be any fun ...

        I read up about the decision process for this law, it now has to pass a "Trilog" with member states and commission, before returning again to parliament.

        Regarding Brexit: you may count on a bespoke "red, white and blue" copyright law in Britain, but once the UK ceased to be a member state, it'll have no say anymore on EU laws.

        And I suppose there are far more UK web firms depending on European clients than the other way round.

        Hence another epic fail...

        Cheers Rolf
        (addicted to the Perl Programming Language :)
        Wikisyntax for the Monastery FootballPerl is like chess, only without the dice

        And what makes you think that this or similar laws will be abandoned by any UK gov after Brexit?

        I do not know how UK members-of-EU-parliament voted, or if they indeed voted in one solid bloc against the law but I would think that there must be some very strong financial interests in action here, extending beyond the corpus of small-time-crooks within the EU parliament.

        I can not just believe that it is idiocy or some other inability to think coherently, the reason that such a blatant (and idiotic in its execution) law was proposed in the first place.

        And I can not just believe that when any country leaves the EU, their collective common sense will increase and will see the light. They will only be subjected to different kind of financial interests which may or may not favour such a law for the time being, hence adopt a different program of brain wash.

        It may be true that a smaller country can be controlled easier by the voters. Maybe, but it is rarely reality in the countries around me. For example, millions against iraq war but it did happen and it was broad daylight, with blatant lies.

        Do we know who benefits from this law? Who lobbied for it?

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