The European Parliament is set to vote on a new group of legislation of the European Parliament and of the Council ‘on copyright in the Digital Single Market.’
Article 11 of this proposal would be implementing a “link tax”, creating a new ‘fee’ for linking to news articles and using a few snippets of those articles. This is an intentional push against independent media essentially sending readers back to the traditional news corporations (I’m looking at you, Tavistock Institute!) Good journalism starts with the sources, sources in the Digital Age would mean links, videos, images, the takes of other publications, public figures and sometimes even institutions.
Article 13 discusses an automatic “content filter” which would be mandatory for about the top 20 sites of the web. It would include text, images and even code. This content filtering system that
There is absolutely nothing new under the sun. Article 13 is a piece of legislation coming from politicians who do not understand the ‘Digital Age’ we are living right now. Let me give you another example, the politicians supporting Article 13 in the European Parliament have chosen to take tennis gear for a hockey match.
More interestingly, although it is not at all surprising, a MEP “described how the Christian Democratic Union of Germany (CDU) was using another party, the EPP, to basically shake down other MEPs to get them to vote, saying that if they didn’t do so, they will effectively be stripped of all power, blocked from being given reports or parliamentary positions.”
Just take a guess who is the chairwoman of this blackmailing “Christian party”…
I am personally led to believe by logical thinking that if this draconian law will many tech companies and popular websites will be loudly protesting against it while music companies and newspapers are loudly
This idea of the ‘Digital Age’ can be summed up in a few short sentences. It basically means such an age where there is a no real cost to information and creative works other than the initial involved with its creation.
If you go online and download an artwork a million times, essentially you will end up having a million copies of the same work. The artwork can still be accessed, viewed and enjoyed at any time, but since those million copies do not exist on a physical plane, they only do exist on a digital one, the creation of those copies did not require any paper, ink, and in most cases, not even perceivable amount of time. If you think about it it’s a real wonder. The artist created the artwork, then he or she uploaded it, millions of people got the opportunity to enjoy it and some of them even duplicated the artwork without costing the artists or the viewers a single penny. Meanwhile, the artist retained the artwork itself. The ‘Digital Age’ enables artists and other creators to make their works public in the digital way which enables them to keep physical and digital ownership while also allow an unlimited number of other people to view and duplicate the works in a digital way without costing the creator or the viewer time or money.
By severely affecting how digital information is being shared and accessed the ‘representatives’ in the European Parliament really exhibit their lack of knowledge on how ‘we the people’ share information on the internet enriching each other and building a more prosperous, better future.