Monday, January 14, 2019

EU Copyright Directive appears to have critical action around January 21; EU residents seem to be poorly informed still

Electronic Frontier Foundation, in a post (Jan. 13) from Cory Doctorow, has sent out a take-action post to resident in Europe, especially in Sweden, Poland, Luxembourg, and Germany, regarding the progress of the Copyright Directive, Articles 11 and 13. 

Note the article implies that for Article 13, the provision would require filtering every content uploaded anywhere in the world if viewable within the EU afterwards.  It’s unclear how Internet companies could segment themselves to avoid this.  There has been almost no discussion from tech companies about this, as they are obsesses with all kinds of other issues (fake news, payment processor influence, politicization, FOSTA, weakening of US Section 230).  In the US a recent court opinion in New York State weakened the safety of some hyperlinking (like Article 11). Ironically loss of US net neutrality hasn't been very important, relatively speaking. 

What’s also noteworthy is the obvious protectionism of Article 11:  essentially, no publisher has a right to offer content for free, because it undermines employment at other publishers or newspapers!
I have contacted a few artists / filmmakers / computer science professors in the EU.  One of them said he has to keep personal activism and his job separate but supports the “pirate party”.  Generally, they weren’t as aware of what was going on until I contacted them (from the US).

The Verge has an article about Reddit from Sept. 2018. 

The next trilogue occurs January 21. 

YouTuberLaw has a short video on this dated Nov. 2018.  I will look further into his work on this. He notes that YouTube, rather than the content poster, would have to secure the licenses in Europe. Makes no real sense.  Below his video there is a link to his livestream which I will review soon. 

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