THE INTERNET AS WE KNOW IT IS ONCE AGAIN IN DANGER

The EU- parliament is working on something “little” called Aritcle 11 and 13. It implies blocking of user- uploaded content.

This could censor European citizens hobbies – mine as well – as the bills implies that all content that is uploaded on social media platforms like Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and even on Youtube, must be checked for copyright infragement by the companies providing the services. This implies that algorithms created for this purpose will over-censor content, as simillarities may occur.

Such certainties as memes will be censored. This blog most probably won’t be able to provide content such as posters or trailers, which many of you like. This will affect the whole EU. And it’s bigger than just social media, it could affect schools, universities and more!

SaveYourInternet.eu has compiled information which is better described than my knowledge:

Bad for Users
Users will have access to less content and will be unable to share their content with others, even when it’s legal. Moreover, any complaint mechanisms will be easily bypassed if blocking is done under the pretense of a terms and conditions violation, rather than as a result of a specific copyright claim.

Bad for Users
Users will have access to less content and will be unable to share their content with others, even when it’s legal. Moreover, any complaint mechanisms will be easily bypassed if blocking is done under the pretense of a terms and conditions violation, rather than as a result of a specific copyright claim.

Bad for competition
Only platforms with deep pockets will be able to comply with the Article 13 requirements and even if small enterprises get an exemption from its scope, this simply means they are not allowed to scale up and compete with the big US platforms, under the motto ‘in Europe, small is beautiful’!

There is more info, like a FAQ. However, some of us are already fighting this to make sure it won’t happen. Join our cause by signing this petition
Over 4 000 000 have already signed. Become one of us!

More usefull information can be found at SaveTheInternet.info:

Article 13 in detail
In the future,users such as independent research workers, journalists, regular citizens and various companies shall be refused to mine data and text. Since this is only valid for the region of the European Union, this will create obstacles and we will drop in international comparisons. In the worst case this will force companies to relocate their headquarters outside of the European Union.

Article 11 in detail
The performance protection law defines that all websites that link to articles, require a license to display the well-known preview. Others can only use the isolated link. The discussion included approaches like ‘attended by single words’. It remains to be seen which version will be used. Already the headline shall be seen as creative act of the creators.In return the readers have to decide in advance if they want to click on a news link or not.

There are even more areas that have to deal with this reform
The reform itself is way bigger and will also affect schools, universities and libraries. It also affects various areas, which lacked attention because of Article 11 and 13. The content of the reform is long overdue and important.

This sums it up nicely:

The dictatorship of error-prone algorithms
Upload filters on sites like YouTube, Facebook and so on all have one thing in common: They never act as precisely as a human could.
As a result, content that violates copyright laws, but is protected by citation law is also mostly removed. This “vulnerability” can be used as an excuse to filter out content that is not approved by one’s own values and ideas.

Paid Links
Press publishers should be obliged to charge for all links that someone places on their content. News portals would have lost reach and readership. The resulting loss of revenue would have been offset by the additional costs incurred by a license system to be administered. For many portals and publishers this would have meant economic ruin.

The final vote is expected to take place in the beginning of 2019, SAVETHEINTERNET, we want our hobbies uncensored.

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