Forget The GDPR, The EU's New Copyright Proposal Will Be A Complete And Utter Disaster For The Internet

from the wake-up-folks dept

Today is GDPR day, and lots of people are waking up to a world in which EU regulations are having a widespread (and not always positive) impact on how the internet works. As we've detailed over the past couple of years, while there are many good ideas in the GDPR, there are also many ridiculously bad ones, combined with poorly thought out drafting, and we're already seeing some of the fallout from that. But, believe it or not, there's an even larger threat from the EU looming, and it's received precious little attention: the EU's new copyright reform proposal is set to be voted on next month and it will truly be disastrous to the internet. As it currently stands, it will require widespread censorship in the form of mandatory filtering and also link taxes that have already been shown to be harmful to news.

European Parliament member Julia Reda is sounding the alarm and asking people to speak out. As she notes, many of the folks now freaking out about the GDPR wish they got involved over two years ago when it was being debated. And if you're concerned about how problematic this new copyright reform will be for the internet, now is the time to speak out (yes, even if you're not in the EU):

On the topic of copyright, you NOW have the chance to have an influence – a chance that will be long lost in two years, when we’ll all be “suddenly” faced with the challenge of having to implement upload filters and the “link tax” – or running into new limits on what we can do using the web services we rely on.

In stark contrast to the GDPR, experts near-unanimously agree that the copyright reform law, as it stands now, is really bad. Where in the case of the GDPR the EU institutions pushed through many changes against the concerted lobbying efforts of big business interests, in the copyright reform they are about to give them exactly what they want.

Parliament and Council have had over a year and a half to fix the glaring flaws of the Commission proposal – but despite their growing complexity, the latest drafts of both institutions fail to meet basic standards of workability and proportionality

Reda's post goes on to detail the many, many problems of the current copyright proposal -- in which merely linking to a news site may require paying money (link tax) and where concerns about how that might negatively impact the entire internet are being woefully ignored. Perhaps even worse is the mandatory filtering idea. The big record labels and movie studios have, of course, been pushing for this kind of thing for years to get back at Google (mainly) and Facebook (a little bit). But, here's the thing: both Google and Facebook already have those filters (and spent tens of millions of dollars on them). This kind of law fucks over everyone else.

And, it's actually even worse than a mandatory filtering rule -- because the EU realized that such a rule would violate other EU laws. So, instead, it decided to hack away at intermediary liability protections to make mandatory filtering necessary:

Make platforms directly liable for all copyright infringements by their users, and then offer that they can avoid that unreasonable liability if they can show they’ve done everything in their power to prevent copyrighted content from appearing online – namely, by deploying upload filters (Article 13, paragraph 4). Which remain totally optional, of course! Wink, wink, nudge, nudge.

Tragically, the only remaining point of disagreement in Council is whether this proposal is bad enough, or should be made worse.

We've already spent years explaining how this will lead to widespread censorship online, but it will also be a disaster for basically all of the non-Google/Facebook platforms out there. Mid-size companies like Github have already talked about how this could effectively destroy its ability to operate, and lots of other sites would be impacted as well. Any kind of forum site would be at serious risk. Reddit, Pinterest, Twitch, Imgur, Wordpress, Medium, Vimeo. This would create massive liability for all of those sites, making it nearly impossible for many of them to function in the EU.

Reda notes that a new draft could make this situation even worse in noting that even having filters won't be enough to avoid liability:

Mr Voss’ latest draft expands the scope of the censorship machines proposal to all web platforms (a) whose purpose is to “give access to copyrighted content uploaded by users” and which (b) “optimise” that content. What counts as optimising? Among a long list of actions, we find that “displaying” the uploads already makes platforms legally liable for any copyright infringement they may include (Recital 37a).

And in his version, web services can’t even avoid liability by implementing upload filters. To protect themselves from being sued, they would need to get licenses from all rightsholders that exist on the planet before allowing user uploads to go online, just in case the upload may contain (parts of) any of their works.

He also claims that checking every new user upload for whether it includes one of hundreds or thousands of specific copyrighted works somehow does not constitute “general monitoring” (Recital 39), which would be forbidden – now that’s some wishful lawmaking.

As Reda also points out, most of the EU member states appear to be supportive of these horrible ideas (or even pushing to make it worse). What now stands between this horrible law making a mess of the internet is just the EU Parliament which is currently scheduled to vote on this in late June (probably the 20th or 21st). If you are in the EU now is absolutely the time to speak up. If you're outside the EU, it also would help to speak up and let the EU Parliament know that this is a horrible idea that will have significant problems for the wider internet, free speech and innovation.


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  1. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 25 May 2018 @ 11:23am

    One question, where is the database of copyrighted works for setting up the filters, and how do self publishers get their works protected?

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    Anonymous Coward, 25 May 2018 @ 11:26am

    Copyrighted content

    if they can show they’ve done everything in their power to prevent copyrighted content from appearing online

    Is it even possible to produce non-copyrighted content throughout Europe? Some years ago there were stories saying the laws of some countries didn't allow people to put things into the public domain.

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    Anonymous Coward, 25 May 2018 @ 11:28am

    Re - link tax

    using google as the example, if google has a news story from the states that links to a nes site in the states no tax will be required?
    If that is the case, all they have to do is find a source for each story outside of the UK.
    Or if the law is written so that a summary and a link is required they could provide a link back to themselves (google search) to search for the story, and provide results with no summary.
    And if just a link is all that is required then hell we all need to get ourselves signed up for the class action against ma bell (or the UK equivalent) cause those bastards been linking to my phone number for years.

    Re- "Make platforms directly liable for all copyright infringements by their users,"

    So are we going to make gun manufacturers liable for crimes committed by their customers?
    Maybe it is valid for software?
    So are we going to make automobile manufacturers liable for the crimes of their users they only license the software (firmware) required to run cars now days?

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    Anonymous Coward, 25 May 2018 @ 11:29am

    Damn i need to proof read before hitting send.

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    That One Guy (profile), 25 May 2018 @ 11:35am

    Not a problem

    And in his version, web services can’t even avoid liability by implementing upload filters. To protect themselves from being sued, they would need to get licenses from all rightsholders that exist on the planet before allowing user uploads to go online, just in case the upload may contain (parts of) any of their works.

    Far from being difficult, this at least would be trivially easy. I mean all a website would have to do would be to check the content against the global database of copyright owners to see who owns what, contact any hits, and get official permission from each and every one of them.

    Given the multiple(for redundancy of course) global databases of copyright information and the already in place system to make licensing quick and easy this should be an absolute breeze for any and all content, so I fail to see what the fuss is about for this part at least.

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    Anonymous Coward, 25 May 2018 @ 11:36am

    Looks like just another tool for censoring.

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    Anonymous Coward, 25 May 2018 @ 11:38am

    Brexit or Bremain?

    I wonder how these upcoming new laws will affect the UK, which is (at least officially) in the process of going through a divorce, even if still sleeping in the same bed with the same partner.

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    Adrian Lopez, 25 May 2018 @ 12:17pm

    What about jurisdiction?

    I wonder how much damage this could do to websites operating exclusively within the United States but made available to European users. The impact of foreign law on U.S. service providers is a growing concern of mine, and I'm not at all confident in the U.S. government's ability to protect citizens and legal persons against bad foreign law in today's connected world. There have been efforts in that direction -- the SPEECH act was borne out of an attempt to enforce bad foreign libel law in the United States -- but it's not enough. We may need to do the same for foreign laws in general, especially when those laws are in conflict with US law or lack any local equivalent.

    Any reading recommendations on the applicability of foreign law on U.S. soil where a company or legal entity lacks a physical nexus outside the United States? I'm looking to write a piece on this subject but need to read up and/or consult on the matter. Any help from a subject-matter expert would be very much appreciated.

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    Anonymous Coward, 25 May 2018 @ 12:23pm

    Re: What about jurisdiction?

    If this law get passed in Europe, it will be brought to the US in thew guise of harmonizing copyright law. The legacy industries want to re-establish their position as the only available route to publication.

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    Anonymous Coward, 25 May 2018 @ 12:30pm

    Re: Not a problem

    Far from being difficult, this at least would be trivially easy.

    The statement might actually be true. You'd just have to pay the compulsory licensing board(s) for each country, which would then pass on the money (wink wink) to each copyright holder.

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    Ben (profile), 25 May 2018 @ 12:38pm

    Re: link tax

    By the time this comes in, the UK won't even be in the EU, so news sites in the UK should be fine.

    The wider question for EU lawmakers is "how long do you think it'll take for your citizens to be so pissed off with you shutting them off from the wider Internet with your uninformed technophobia?"

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    That One Guy (profile), 25 May 2018 @ 12:44pm

    Re: Re: What about jurisdiction?

    Ah good old 'copyright law harmonizatin', wherein the most restrictive version of copyright laws are passed to other countries(never the other way around), allowing those attempting to change the law to neatly bypass the honest way to do so.

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    boomslang, 25 May 2018 @ 12:47pm

    If these EU lawmakers are stupid enough to wreck their Internet, then they don't deserve to have it. Unfortunately, they're screwing over all of their citizens too.

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    Anonymous Coward, 25 May 2018 @ 12:51pm

    Abolish Copyright

    It's an abomination that will only get worse.

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    David, 25 May 2018 @ 1:09pm

    Re: Re: Not a problem

    The statement might actually be true. You'd just have to pay the compulsory licensing board(s) for each country, which would then pass on the money (wink wink) to each copyright holder.

    No need to "wink wink": at least in Germany I think more than 70% (probably more than 90% too, I just don't remeber the exact number) are passed to copyright holders, the rest being "administrative fees".

    But you have to be aware that once you are under contract, you'll have to pay all the levies for your own works and records and sales and whatnot, and you'll get them "back" with the administrative fee ratio taken out afterwards.

    When you tax an ocean, a small percentage is a whole lot of water. Particularly if you tax the tides and take your percentage every time a bit of culture flows back and forth.

    You can afford passing the bulk on, even if it is to some heir in the fourth generation born long after a creator's death or something similarly silly. It's still more grub than letting stuff get into the public domain.

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    Seegras (profile), 25 May 2018 @ 1:34pm

    Re: Not a problem

    Yeah, since we only have some 7.62 billion rights holders (plus all the companies of course) on the planet, this should be breeze. Plus of course all the dead right-holders but since they're represented by companies or individuals, they're included in the above numbers.

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    Seegras (profile), 25 May 2018 @ 1:45pm

    Re:

    Well, the "EU lawmakers" are actually national executive bodies, and non-elected(!) representatives of them within the EU Commission or the EU Council.

    The EU Parliament, which is actually elected, can't write laws.

    This of course is wholly undemocratic and in violation of the separation of powers; and for me the main reason why I would never vote for accession to the EU (I'm Swiss).

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    Anonymous Coward, 25 May 2018 @ 1:53pm

    Anyone new: Misnack's shtick is disaster of Biblical proportions

    This makes his accuracy rate ZERO out of 934 predictions.

    This is an entertainment site, full of screaming and swagger, LESS credible than pro-wrestling.

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    John Roddy (profile), 25 May 2018 @ 4:18pm

    Re: Anyone new: Misnack's shtick is disaster of Biblical proportions

    Can we get a list of all 934 of the predictions in question? That's a weirdly specific number.

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    Anonymous Coward, 25 May 2018 @ 4:32pm

    Re: Anyone new: Misnack's shtick is disaster of Biblical proportions

    Misnack? Capital B biblical? 934? Swagger?

    You get less coherent with each random whine.

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    John Roddy (profile), 25 May 2018 @ 4:58pm

    Re: Re: Anyone new: Misnack's shtick is disaster of Biblical proportions

    "Misnacks" sounds like a German breakfast cereal of some sort.

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    Anonymous Coward, 25 May 2018 @ 5:03pm

    Re: Re: Re: Not a problem

    at least in Germany I think more than 70% (probably more than 90% too, I just don't remeber the exact number) are passed to copyright holders

    Except, how would a site know which copyright holders to pass the money onto, for blanket levies like this? If they actually have to scan everything to see who owns which rights, it will be far from trivial. What if everyone in this thread quoted a book or two? I quoted you; what's implied by that?

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    discordian_eris (profile), 25 May 2018 @ 5:38pm

    Just waiting for this to pass and for Google, Facebook, etc to do what Google did in Spain. Oh sorry, you seem to be in the EU, none of our content is available to you now. Have fun with your (non-existent) local equivalent.

    It is a great way to start the Great Firewall of Europe though.

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    Toom1275 (profile), 25 May 2018 @ 5:51pm

    Re: Re: Anyone new: Misnack's shtick is disaster of Biblical proportions

    Not without being able to look at Opposite World, where these failed predictions reside.

    Just off the top of my head, SESTA/FOSTA has unfolded pretty much exactly as Techdirt and anyone else with working brain cells predicted.

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    Anonymous Coward, 25 May 2018 @ 6:30pm

    Re:

    Pretty sure you just made the case for Google being a monopoly.

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    Anonymous Coward, 25 May 2018 @ 7:04pm

    Did you just misspell Mister Mytzlplks name?

    You are aware that you can’t just banish Mike by tricking him into saying his name backwards right? Right?

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    cpt kangarooski, 25 May 2018 @ 8:10pm

    Re: Did you just misspell Mister Mytzlplks name?

    You are aware that you can’t just banish Mike by tricking him into saying his name backwards right? Right?

    That only worked on Silver Age Mike.

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    discordian_eris (profile), 25 May 2018 @ 8:13pm

    Re: Re:

    It is effectively a monopoly, yes.

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    any moose cow word, 26 May 2018 @ 6:10am

    It's comical how copyright maximalist lament the mass influence of digital mega-corps, while subduing and killing anything that has the potential to keep the behemoths' power in check.

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    Anonymous Coward, 26 May 2018 @ 6:35am

    Re:

    Not really. Copyright types love the functionality of Google that lets them ping for suckers to sue. But they also want Google to pay for policing themselves. It's the ultimate having one's cake and eating it too, and they would have it if not for that pesky public interest.

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    The Wanderer (profile), 26 May 2018 @ 7:17am

    Re: Re: Anyone new: Misnack's shtick is disaster of Biblical proportions

    IIRC, he misspells "Masnick" on purpose, apparently out of an impression that including that string makes it more likely that a comment will be held for moderation.

    No, I don't know where he gets that idea from, either.

    The capitalization of "Biblical" is perfectly fine, however, and I don't see what you're finding odd or objectionable about that usage of "swagger"...

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    Anonymous Coward, 26 May 2018 @ 7:40am

    Re: Copyrighted content

    if they can show they’ve done everything in their power to prevent copyrighted content from appearing online

    There are those industries who would ban self publishing.....

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    dondoo, 26 May 2018 @ 9:58am

    Is there some part of when something is abused so much that it becomes a huge problem, the State gets involved (even tho over the top every time) that is not clear to anyone? These are really simple things people. Don't have the attitude that somehow it is not illegal or cheating (or any other favorite response to deny culpability), then when caught (continually BTW) expect ANY sympathy at all. Burn down the current net and start anew, without ANY marketing at all. Can't have it both ways, open and free or strangled by regulation due to abuse.

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    That One Guy (profile), 26 May 2018 @ 1:57pm

    Re: Re:

    'Service/Company X is more popular than the other alternatives' does not a monopoly make.

    That a company can decide that new regulations/laws make it more hassle than it's worth to operate in a country and decide to drop service there also does not a monopoly make.

    Given the above, that Google has and could decide to pull service in a country, what about that makes them a monopoly?

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    The Wanderer (profile), 26 May 2018 @ 4:30pm

    Re: Re: Re:

    I think the idea is that no company which does not have so much market influence (etc.) in a country as to qualify as a manopoly can possibly be the sole/primary provider of a service to so much of the country's population that the country's government would have reason to be afraid of the backlash from that population if the company decides to pull service from that country.

    Thus, if Google or Facebook or so forth pulling out of the EU would get the public up in arms against the government which put in the laws that got them to pull out, Google or Facebook or so forth must have a monopoly.

    That doesn't quite fit the standard definition of a monopoly, but I think I see enough of a valid point in the argument that if "monopoly" is technically not the right word to use, we need to find one which is.

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    Anonymous Coward, 26 May 2018 @ 7:47pm

    Reddit just started to own everyone's "content" after GDPR.

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    That One Guy (profile), 27 May 2018 @ 3:32am

    Re: Re: Re: Re:

    Yeah, I'm really not seeing it. If you stretch the definition that much then a particular company could have dozens of competitors in the market, and so long as it was the most popular such that it's removal would cause significant backlash against the politicians that caused it that would be enough to qualify, and that strikes me as more than a little absurd.

    That would seem to be along the lines of 'popular = monopoly', simply taken a few steps farther into 'really popular = monopoly'.

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    The Wanderer (profile), 27 May 2018 @ 3:55am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    Yeah - there's a reason I phrased that as "I think the idea is".

    I do think that that level of influence is something which needs to be recognized as enough of a Thing of its own to have a single name, much as "monopoly" does, but I don't have any good suggestions for what that name should be.

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    Anonymous Coward, 27 May 2018 @ 7:32pm

    As neither a citizen of the EU, nor America, I am getting really sick of these two countries trying to fuck up everything for the rest of the world. You want to impose stupid laws? Fine, but do it within your own borders. Leave the rest of us out of it.

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    Squig, 28 May 2018 @ 12:28am

    Re: Re:

    That's actually not wholly true, the EP can't write law proposals, but it along with the council, needs to confirm law proposals before they go into law, and can rewrite them (again, along with the council).

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    Bergman (profile), 28 May 2018 @ 2:50am

    Re:

    Copyrighted works are copyrighted when fixed in tangible form -- aka saved to file or written on paper or painted on canvas or sculpted into various forms of matter or filmed, etc, etc.

    EVERYTHING is copyrighted except those things that are explicitly exempt from copyright by law. This post I am writing is copyrighted, so is your post that I'm replying to. We've both granted Techdirt a limited license to these specific works by clicking Submit.

    The way the proposed law is written though, unless the content creator is the one who uploaded the copyrighted work (as we have both done here), websites must either have our prior consent to copy our works, or they must reject the upload.

    Since the EU considers links to infringe upon copyright and we can link to whatever we want in various ways -- even just by mentioning the name of a website, such as Techdirt dot com itself, the only way for any site to avoid liability under the proposed law is to not allow users to upload anything or comment on anything in any way.

    For companies, even huge ones like Facebook or Google, the safest thing to do is simply cut Europe off from the internet, by using geo-blocking.

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    Bergman (profile), 28 May 2018 @ 2:52am

    Re:

    Given the way news sites pick up news feeds from larger news companies (Associated Press, for example), does it really matter if the source of Google's link to a story is a US newspaper, if an EU newspaper is carrying the same story on its website?

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    Bergman (profile), 28 May 2018 @ 2:54am

    Re: Re: Re: Not a problem

    You apparently missed the somewhat recent scandal where Germany's rights management group (GEMA) got caught NOT passing money on to copyright holders.

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    Anonymous Coward, 28 May 2018 @ 4:39am

    Re: Re:

    The way the proposed law is written though, unless the content creator is the one who uploaded the copyrighted work (as we have both done here), websites must either have our prior consent to copy our works, or they must reject the upload.

    Which brings us back to my original question, how do sites determine who the copyright holder is, including for works where the uploader claims they are the owner.

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    That One Guy (profile), 28 May 2018 @ 3:56pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    Why would here need to be a name/label at all? It's just describing a service/company that's popular and well used enough that it's removal would cause a backlash, what would be the point in slapping a label on that status?

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    PRMan, 28 May 2018 @ 5:08pm

    Re: Re:

    "For companies, even huge ones like Facebook or Google, the safest thing to do is simply cut Europe off from the internet, by using geo-blocking."

    Sounds like a self-correcting problem then.

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    The Wanderer (profile), 28 May 2018 @ 6:02pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    For the same fundamental reason that there's a point in slapping a label on having so strong of a market position that no one can dislodge you from it, even if you engage in anti-consumer behaviors like price gouging: because that situation is different enough from the general norm that it may need to be treated differently in some cases, so it's worthwhile to be able to refer to that situation conveniently.

    There are differences between those two scenarios, of course, and they're important ones. I am not at all saying that the ways those two situations need to be treated are the same, or even necessarily similar.

    But if we don't have a separate term for that other sort of strong market position, people who think that it does need to be treated differently from the general norm are going to continue to misapply "monopoly" to it (and thereby imply that it should be treated the same way we treat monopolies), and that's just not helpful.

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    PRMan, 28 May 2018 @ 7:27pm

    Re: Re:

    Reuters is European.

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    Anonymous Coward, 29 May 2018 @ 7:16pm

    Re:

    The EU is not a country.

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    Wendy Cockcroft, 30 May 2018 @ 6:02am

    Re: Re: Re:

    I'm willing to tolerate the loss of access to TD (except via VPN) for as long as it takes these numbnuts to realise the problems they're causing us.

    Mind you, it may take a while. That stupid snippet tax law in Spain is still on the books despite the hue and cry, isn't it?

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    Anonymous Coward, 30 May 2018 @ 8:37am

    What can those not in the EU actually do with speaking out?

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    Anonymous Coward, 30 May 2018 @ 10:42am

    Re:

    by Warning EU people and just spreading the word around if you have any EU friends tell them or go to sites where there are a lot of EU users youtubers who are within the EU like Pewdiepie and Jacksepticeye

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    Gammastrain, 30 May 2018 @ 3:58pm

    Actually, think of this issue like that: if your livelihood depend on intellectual property, then current "voice of majority" is horibble pathology.

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    Gammastrain, 30 May 2018 @ 4:00pm

    And, sincerely I think that you will censor my comment.

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    Advocate (profile), 31 May 2018 @ 8:30am

    Copyright in the age of the internet is a Bad Thing for society. Eliminate copyright.

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    NeghVar (profile), 1 Jun 2018 @ 8:31am

    Foreign compliance

    Why should any company outside the EU comply with any of this crap? They are not bound by EU laws. Various US newspaper sites have blocked IP addresses from EU. https://www.nbcnews.com/tech/tech-news/chicago-tribune-los-angeles-times-block-european-users-due-gd pr-n877591
    Is the EU going to demand that the Execs of non-complying companies in foreign countries be extradited to the EU to face prosecution?

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    Draph91 (profile), 1 Jun 2018 @ 1:14pm

    sharing this in response to this article

    https://saveyourinternet.eu

    please sign and share

    god I'm now glad the UK is leaving the EU

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    NukaCola, 2 Jun 2018 @ 1:58am

    Re: Re: Re:

    Except of course that's exactly what he said. They are a lame parliament that can either reject or approve laws or rewrite them if the council agrees. They can't propose laws and so they are just somewhat more legitimate than the Soviet parliament that would get their directives from the CPSU, including law drafts. The plurality of the party affiliation means they are not affirming everything but the lack of legislative ability means that the unelected body can keep pushing for laws that are constantly rejected until one of them slips through.

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    Anon., 2 Jun 2018 @ 4:30pm

    Re:

    There is no such thing as "intellectual property".

    If your living depends on attempting to beat money out of people for reprinting things you write... you aren't going to make a living. People will quite politely agree to never publish anything you write.

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  60. identicon
    Marius, 3 Jun 2018 @ 8:35am

    I am a site owner and I want my articles to be linked

    As a site owner, I like if other people are linking to articles at my site. Is a good thing for me, it increase the audience of my articles.
    This law is against creators like me, it will put a barrier against the development of sites which are not affiliated to big companies.

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  61. identicon
    Mats Svensson, 8 Jun 2018 @ 10:22am

    It the beast of tiem$, it was the wrost of tiem$

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  62. identicon
    Fleming, 10 Jun 2018 @ 11:10pm

    Re: Foreign compliance

    Damn right! And why should anyone bother with the crappy US spying behemots like Facebook or Google. It is an illusion upheld by those companies and the high EU lawmakers that they are or dictate the Internet. Go f...k yourself morons!

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  63. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 11 Jun 2018 @ 1:33am

    imagination tax

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  64. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 11 Jun 2018 @ 1:44am

    Re:

    You consume media, but you dont deprive another person of that media which is a duplication of the original

    Supply and demand, when supply is potentially limitless, as oposed to limited, priced accordingly and sometimes aggressively

    Attaching old school mentality to a new school productivity

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