EU Puts An End To The Open Internet: Link Taxes And Filters Approved By Just 5 Votes

from the a-sad-day-for-the-open-internet dept

Well, it was a nice run while it lasted, but the EU Parliament has just put an end to the open internet. By the incredibly thin margin of just five votes, the Parliament voted against any amendments to the proposal -- which was a necessary step to fixing or deleting Articles 11 and 13. After that, they voted to approve the EU Copyright Directive, including the terrible versions of both Article 11 and 13. This is an inauspicious day and one that the EU will almost certainly come to regret. While we now need to see how each of the member states will implement the actual laws put forth in the Directive (meaning the damage in some states may be more mitigatable than in others), on the whole the EU Copyright Directive requires laws that effectively end the open internet as an open communications medium. Sites that previously allowed content creators to freely publish content will now be forced to make impossible choices: license all content (which is literally impossible), filter all content (expensive and failure-prone), or shut down. Sites that used to send traffic to news sources may now need to reconsider, as doing so will inexplicably require payment.

At best, the EU--for all its complaints about Google and Facebook--has just locked both companies into a dominant position. They can afford this. Others cannot. And, the legacy gatekeepers in the media and entertainment business will quickly pivot to seeking to export this model elsewhere.

The MEPs who voted for this are up for election in two months, and hopefully the EU shows them the door, but in the meantime, today is a sad day for the open internet. I am sure that some will be celebrating on the false belief that this will magically "help artists." It will not. You just handed more power to giant companies, and took it away from creators. In time, one hopes, those who mocked the protesters and activists and actual experts will come to realize just how much they destroyed today.

Filed Under: article 11, article 13, censorship, closed internet, copyright, eu, eu copyright directive, eu parliament, filters, free speech, link tax, open internet

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    Scary Devil Monastery (profile), 1 Apr 2019 @ 7:39am

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

    "A mailing list constructed from one's own free material is NOT spam. It's the opposite of spam..."

    Off your meds again, are you, Baghdad Bob?

    The ONLY times when "mailing list" and "free material" do not qualify as spam is if every user on the mailing list has requested said material.

    "...and yes, it has a monetary value that piracy erodes."


    First of all the claims that it has monetary value at all is dubious. I could claim my farts are all worth ten bucks a piece and have just as much validity in that statement as you have in yours.

    My offhand guess is that the actual market will have the same offer for both the named examples.

    And "piracy" can not erode whatever value the list would hypothetically have, simply because manufacturing a copy of said list is completely useless. If someone has hacked the server you stored said list in and used it while pretending to be you then I'd argue damage has been done. But through fraud and computer intrusion, NOT piracy.

    The only way "piracy" could erode the value of that precious little list of yours is if it was used for fraud in the first place and someone else spamming those addresses somehow gave the game away.

    But hey, actual facts have never been your thing, so why would you change an eternally losing concept...?

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