2018-06-16 Article 13

Continuing from my previous discussion of copyright madness...

Don’t force platforms to replace communities with algorithms (Wikimedia): «As policymakers increasingly suggest technological solutions to fight illegal and controversial content online, we ask them to consider the rights of internet users and to leave room for the human side of content moderation.» An Interesting Wiki perspective: «Once flagged by ORES, review and removal of content is handled entirely though community processes. This relationship acknowledges the limitations of machine learning while harnessing its strengths.»

So ein Quatschgesetz (Sascha Lobo) «Mit dem Leistungsschutzrecht wollen sich manche Verleger von der Politik eine digitale Gelddruckmaschine schenken lassen - bald auch auf EU-Ebene. Wie konnte es so weit kommen?»

Save Code Share (FSFE) «Current EU Copyright Review threatens Free and Open Source Software. Take action now to preserve the ability to collaboratively build software online!»

Megathread collected by David Ross: «I can not express enough how important this action is for the health of the Internet. The EU have a Directive going to the vote on June 20, and if you do any of the following it would impact YOU»

Europe's New Copyright Rules Are Like YouTube's Content ID System—for the Entire Internet (Cory Doctorow): «The European Union wants to take the upload filters that make no one happy and apply them to all content on the internet.»

What’s really behind the EU law that would “ban memes” – and how to stop it before June 20 (Julia Reda): «With two weeks to go until the crucial vote in the European Parliament, more and more people are becoming aware of the looming plans for “censorship machines” and a “link tax” in the EU. […] Article 13 of the Copyright Directive will force internet platforms (social networks, video sites, image hosts, etc.) to install upload filters to monitor all user uploads for copyrighted content, including in images […].»

And Julia Reda on the same blog post: «But it’s important to me to underscore that the solution to bad legal proposals and unbalanced lobbying is not to curse or even advocate leaving the EU. (In fact, it’s Anti-EU, Euro-skeptic and right-wing parties that are responsible for giving these proposals majority support in the Committee! Don’t let Eurosceptic politicians get away with voting in favour of breaking the Internet and then blaming the EU for it later!)»

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With Article 11 and Article 13 passing today, I’m starting to get the feeling that I can’t cheer the copyright industry into their graves fast enough. Sink, all ye ships of publishing houses! Sink, ye newspapers, TV makers and whatever you call yourselves! I’m hoping your industry goes down, your money runs dry, your wealth is squandered at court, your patience is tried, your reputation ruined — may your intellectual property turn to dust into your hands, and may you choke on it.

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@Senficon posted:

Great success: Your protests have worked! The European Parliament has sent the copyright law back to the drawing board. All MEPs will get to vote on #uploadfilters and the #linktax September 10–13. Now let’s keep up the pressure to make sure we #SaveYourInternet!

@rysiek says publishers sent the following to all the MEPs:

In light of the vote on the mandate on the copyright file taking place tomorrow morning on 5 June, the four European associations representing press publishers across Europe, EMMA (European Magazine Media Association), ENPA (European Newspaper Publishers’ Association), EPC (European Publishers Council) and NME (News Media Europe) would like to express their concerns regarding the insidious means used by platforms to prevent this reform which would push them to obtain licenses with rightsholders for the use of the protected works they display. In particular, Wikipedia has been encouraging its users since yesterday to contact their MEPs to prevent to “disrupt the open internet” and even black outed access to its pages in some cases stating that “it may be impossible to share a newspaper article on social networks or find it on a search engine. Wikipedia itself would risk to close.” Furthermore, there is proof of the backhanded collaborative lobbying of the platforms, as Wikipedia UK shows a black banner on top of the its main page in which the reader is redirected towards Mozilla’s anti-copyright campaign page. The well-orchestrated campaign provides step by step instructions on how users can contact Members of the European Parliament to express their opposition with regards the copyright reform. The fact is: the report that will soon be voted upon establishes a right to press publishers (article 11.1a) which* specifically excludes uses by individuals and hyperlinks from the scope of the right. As for Wikipedia’s “risk to close”, the report (Art. 2.4.a) specifically states that online encyclopedia are not covered by the directive. This is therefore another purely bad-faith attempt to discredit a proposed directive aiming at re-balancing a digital ecosystem dominated by platforms.

@rysiek also tooted the following:

If anyone wonders what could be put in the Copyright Directive to make it better, read these: https://www.communia-association.org/2018/05/29/alternative-version-artcile-13-european-parliament-support/ https://juliareda.eu/2018/06/the-internet-after-axel-voss/

And as far as broader fixes for copyright in the EU are concerned, read this: https://www.communia-association.org/recommendations/ https://www.communia-association.org/policy-papers/

This is the hash tag to look for: #SaveYourInternet.

– Alex Schroeder 2018-07-06 20:11 UTC


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