Skip to comments.‘Catastrophic’: EU Passes Copyright Directive Including Internet ‘Link Tax’ and ‘Upload Filter’
Posted on 09/12/2018 2:38:01 PM PDT by PFW
The European Parliment has passed a controversial copyright directive that contains provisions which force tech giants to install content filters and sets in place a potential tax on hyperlinking.
The bill was passed in a final vote of 438 226 and will need to be implemented by individual EU member states.
Critics of the directive have been laser-focused on two key provisions: Articles 11 and 13, which they have dubbed the link tax and upload filter.
"The most important parts of this are Articles 11 and 13. Article 11 is intended to give publishers and papers a way to make money when companies like Google link to their stories, allowing them to demand paid licenses. Article 13 requires certain platforms like YouTube and Facebook stop users sharing unlicensed copyrighted material.
Critics of the Copyright Directive say these provisions are disastrous. In the case of Article 11, they note that attempts to tax platforms like Google News for sharing articles have repeatedly failed, and that the system would be ripe to abuse by copyright trolls.
Article 13, they say, is even worse. The legislation requires that platforms proactively work with rightsholders to stop users uploading copyrighted content. The only way to do so would be to scan all data being uploaded to sites like YouTube and Facebook. This would create an incredible burden for small platforms, and could be used as a mechanism for widespread censorship. This is why figures like Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales and World Wide Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee came out so strongly against the directive. The Verge"
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Is this the EU version of Net Neutrality or just net Censorship?
and what if countries simply refused to pay the tax? Maybe the countries that are affected can ban together and declare a law outlawing taxes on hyperlinks- and arrest anyone in any country that tries to create hyperlink taxes- which law will be the more ‘authoritative’?
This will drive more sites and traffic to the dark web.
Is Brussels trying to completely destroy the European economy?
That would kill FR if it was in Europe and who knows what effect it will have anyway.
It seems to me that American companies are being targeted.
The US needs to hit back - hard.
Do we really need to have German luxury cars and French wine anymore?
Let government get too big and pretty soon it turns into fascism.
A leading British leftist newspaper claimed...
A prestigious London financial daily reported...
According to a German news magazine...
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I’m pretty sure Google/MSN get discount deals on their news page linked articles already.
Government only wants a FEW websites where video and content are posted so they can control the discussion. Those companies that play along will be allowed to get bigger and gain government protections -those that dont will be squashed.
Only with picture/video posting I think. Unless somebody is posting whole books or articles (in text) I dont think theyre as concerned.
This is all about shutting down conservative and alternative media. Up till now people have been able to post clips from other media sources to discuss or critique and it is covered under fair use laws. These new laws will make it hard to do that. I expect the EU and the countries leading it like Germany and France to implement this in such a way as to shutdown conservative channels on youtube. They are dangerous totalitarians.
And that right there is one of the most important peices of fascism: the illusion of probably ownership of business but under total government control.
Or where it is still free like in the US?
But what does Al Gore say about it?
World Wide Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee... should be respected by all politicians in the EU.
EU. Wow. John Paul II promoted it and then wasted his time trying to influence it. Sadly, EU is not American.
The plan is to have the entire free Internet legislated out of existence by 2020 via copyright laws. Everything will be pay-per-click, and if they don’t like you you aren’t allowed to link even if you pay.
Believe me they will want money to link anything if they can get it.
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