Europe’s controversial overhaul of online copyright receives final approval

. . . . The much-criticized ‘upload filter’ and ‘link tax’ will soon become law . . .

If these kinds of ideas are imported here to America,
the news clips that we post right here on CAF,
may be subject to approval by BIG Corporate interests (or payment to them or both)
before they can be posted.

And the quotes, etc. may be subject to taxation too by BIG Government.

(There is that “wedding” of
too-BIG Business with
too-BIG Government again.)

That will decimate discussion forums down to opinion vrs. opinion
(except for people who can pay CNN etc.
Or are WILLING to pay so that they can post.

Naturally “conservatives” won’t be allowed. At least the most influential conservatives.

“Hey! It is “private”. CNN doesn’t need to give reasons WHY FauxNews is not allowed to quote them much less the restrictions they have put on the peons on forums like CAF!”).

That’d be me. And you.

At least in news areas.

The war on free speech continues on.

Europe’s controversial overhaul of online copyright receives final approval

The Verge 26 Mar 2019


The much-criticized ‘upload filter’ and ‘link tax’ will soon become law in EU nations

The European Parliament has given final approval to the Copyright Directive, a controversial package of legislation designed to update copyright law in Europe for the internet age. . . .

. . . The Copyright Directive has been in the works for more than two years, and has been the subject of fierce lobbying from tech giants, copyright holders, and digital rights activists. . . .

. . . Advocates of the directive say it will balance the playing field between American tech giants and European content creators, giving copyright holders power over how internet platforms distribute their content. But critics say the law is vague and poorly thought-out, and will end up restricting how content is shared online, stifling innovation and free speech. . . .

. . . Article 11 lets publishers charge platforms like Google News when they display snippets of news stories, while Article 13 (renamed Article 17 in the most recent draft of the legislation) gives sites like YouTube new duties to stop users from uploading copyrighted content.

In both cases, critics say these well-intentioned laws will create trouble. Article 13, for example, could lead to the introduction of “upload filters” that will scan all user content before it’s uploaded to sites to remove copyrighted material. The law does not explicitly call for such filters, but critics say it will be an inevitability as sites seek to avoid penalties. . . .

. . . The possible effects of the link tax are equally tricky to predict. The law is mainly focused on services . . . which show snippets of NEWS articles. . . .

Bold mine

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