New European Union rules could ban memes and destroy the Internet as we know it

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    New EU Rules Could Ban Memes and Destroy the Internet as We Know It

    By Jessica Corbett, Common Dreams


    The European Union (EU) on Wednesday took a step toward enacting new internet copyright rules that experts warn pose “an imminent threat to the future of this global network” and threaten to create a “censorship machine.”

    The Legal Affairs Committee (JURI) passed the Copyright Directive, which could now move to negotiations with EU member states ahead of a full vote by the European Parliament. Internet pioneers and digital rights activists are raising alarms about two aspects of the legislation, as The Verge explains:

    Although most of the directive simply updates technical language for copyright law in the age of the internet, it includes two highly controversial provisions. These are Article 11, a “link tax,” which would force online platforms like Facebook and Google to buy licenses from media companies before linking to their stories; and Article 13, an “upload filter,” which would require that everything uploaded online in the EU is checked for copyright infringement.

    Article 11, also called the snippet tax, isn’t expected to significantly affect major corporations such as Google, which can afford such licenses, but the impacts of the provision will likely be felt by smallers organizations. Additionally, critics say its language is too vague—as Gizmodo notes, “Article 11 doesn’t bother to even define what constitutes a link”—which could enable governments to censor content for politically-motivated reasons.

    BREAKING: The EU JURI committee has passed #Article13. This requires sites to filter all submissions against a database of copyrighted works—creating a #CensorshipMachine that puts thousands of daily activities and millions of Internet users at the mercy of algorithmic filters.
    — EFF (@EFF) June 20, 2018

    Article 13 would replace the Ecommerce Directive, which generally protects online platforms from copyright penalties so long as the content was uploaded by a user. Web excerpts say running all content through a copyright filter before it is uploaded would be immensely burdonsome and expensive, especially for smaller platforms.

    In terms of the directive’s sweeping consequences, as Gizmodo put it, “Memes, news, Wikipedia, art, privacy, and the creative side of fandom are all at risk of being destroyed or kneecapped.”

    In response to the mounting threat to the internet as we know it, more than 70 “of the internet’s original architects and pioneers and their successors”—including world wide web founder Tim Berners-Lee and “father of the internet” Vint Cerf—wrote a letter (pdf) to European Parliament President Antonio Tajani about Article 13, which they warn could transform “the internet from an open platform for sharing and innovation, into a tool for the automated surveillance and control of its users.”

    "The damage that this may do to the free and open internet as we know it is hard to predict, but in our opinions could be substantial," said the letter, signed on by internet experts including @timberners_lee
    — The Web Foundation (@webfoundation) June 17, 2018

    The letter emphasizes that Article 13 would most notably affect European startups, small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), and ordinary users—”not only those who upload music or video (frequently in reliance upon copyright limitations and exceptions, that Article 13 ignores), but even those who contribute photos, text, or computer code to open collaboration platforms such as Wikipedia and GitHub.”

    “We support the consideration of measures that would improve the ability for creators to receive fair remuneration for the use of their works online. But we cannot support Article 13, which would mandate internet platforms to embed an automated infrastructure for monitoring and censorship deep into their networks,” the letter states.

    With a final vote on the directive expected around the end of the year, European Digital Rights (EDRi) has outlined steps that EU institutions can take to change the legislation.

    — EDRi (@edri) June 20, 2018

  2. Efteling Member

    yes, that looks like a big step towards internet control. i wonder how that will work on a global scale, if europe, much like for example china will seperate. what happened to good old globalisatione

  3. Do you mean Globalisation?
  4. Separate ffs.


  5. The Wrong Guy Member

    Everything You Need To Know About The Law The EU Just Passed That Could Change The Internet As We Know It

    By Ryan Broderick, BuzzFeed News


    The European Parliament voted to adopt an extremely controversial copyright reform on Wednesday that could have profound ramifications for how the internet works. (And, yes, maybe make memes illegal.)

    The reform is called the Copyright Directive and it was first proposed in 2016. On Wednesday, members of European Parliament voted 438–226 in favor of adopting the directive. The law is meant to be an overhaul of copyright rules, aimed at making sure publishers and artists are compensated by platforms like Google or Facebook.

    The directive has been in the works since July, when it was announced that parliament would move forward with the copyright legislation. Wednesday's vote was the last chance for any amendments.

    The controversial directive contains two articles that open internet and free speech advocates believe could fundamentally alter the way the internet works. Here's what they mean.

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