Wednesday, February 13, 2019

EU Articles 11 and 13 pass trilogue and are even worse, as France and Germany make "peace"; is blockchain a workaround?



Despite the ringing criticism for the EU Copyright Directive even from large media outlets noted last week, the final version from the February 13 trilogue seems to be “even worse” according to the latest story from Copy Doctorow on Electronic Frontier Foundation here.

Article 13 now has deleted clauses to protect artists and scientists. It’s ironic that only the big tech platforms in the US would be able to afford to have the filters.  No one has talked about hosting companies, which work very differently from social media companies (everybody forgets that).
    
All sites that have been around for more than 3 years or make over a certain amount would have to install filters for user-generated content.  This is supposed to be the compromise between France and Germany.
  
And Article 11 now makes no exceptions to the link tax from even ordinary bloggers or non-profits if they have any income at all.  What would be interesting would be a video channel (like Timcast) that presents detailed paragraph-by-paragraph critical commentary on news articles (although right now these are only article originating from EU companies).
  
The channel below (from Sweden) says that platforms are held responsible if users make unlicensed links to European sites in affected countries.
  
  
One question is, why don’t paywalls serve the same purpose.  You could link to an article, but a consumer could not read it without paying for the content the way you would buy a hardcopy newspaper or magazine.  This has recently led to discussions of the idea that paywalls could be bundled.
  
The main reason seems to be pure protectionism:  legacy media is to be protected from the amateurs who have no overhead.
  
It would seem that web hosts and social media sites in the US would need to block content from North American users from the EU entirely.  Blogger now warns its users about complying with EU privacy rules. What would it say about Article 11?  Would the country TLD's just disappear and no content go to the EU?
    
Axel Voss believes users have no rights unless they become part of the legitimate, unionized and employed establishment before they do journalism. 

The EU parliamentary vote happens March 25-28 and April 15-18 and there are major EU elections in May.  

Yet American media has paid or no attention to this problem so far.
   
The video above discusses the latest development and mentions the idea of searching blockchain, and Google’s plans to do so.

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