Article 13: The Black Death of the Internet

Many of us take the internet for granted.  YOU SHOULDN’T! The free Internet will not last unless there is a major pushback against attempts to put it in a straitjacket, like the European Union’s Article 13:

The Proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on copyright in the Digital Single Market, to give it its full name, is an attempt to reshape copyright law for the internet age. It’s based around the relationship between copyright holders and online platforms, compelling the latter to enforce tighter regulation over protected content.

The Article stipulates that platforms should “prevent the availability” of protected works, suggesting these ISSP’s will need to adopt technology that can re confuse and filter work created by someone other than the person uploading it. This could include fragments of music, pictures and videos.

The Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition has previously warned that: “Some requirements contained in Article 13 can enable abusive behavior, thereby threatening freedom of expression and information.” Last Oct., 56 leading academics published a set of recommendations on the proposed directive, including claims that Article 13 is “incompatible wit the guarantee of fundamental rights and freedoms and the obligation to strike a fair balance between all rights and freedoms involved”

Copyright could serve as the pretext for bureaucrats to take a strangle hold on Internet content. The European Parliament will vote on it June 20-12.

You said this doesn’t involve you–YES IT DOES. If you send links to friends, post part of a song to your facebook page, send a tweet of a picture from a magazine etc, you would be breaking the law. I would be breaking the law every time I add a video or give you a link to an article. Every time I copy from an article to get a sentence correct or an idea I would be breaking the law.

Watch the video below that explains it all. Soon doing this could get me fined or shut down–and I’m a nobody in the the scheme of things.

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