In just six days, an EU committee will vote on the most drastic, foolish, harmful internet regulations in the history of the EU: a mass censorship and surveillance system that will fail to defend copyright (its stated purpose), while snuffing out EU-based online services and giving a permanent advantage to their US-based Big Tech rivals.
On Techdirt, Mike Masnick addresses the Europeans who fought ACTA, explaining how Articles 11 (the link tax, which will only let you link to news articles on platforms that have paid for permission, and only to the news sources that have granted it) and 13 (the copyright filters, which will spy on every word, picture, video, sound, and line of code you post, check it against an unaccountable blacklist of copyrighted works, and either block or permit it) are much worse than the worst parts of ACTA, and provides advice on Europeans to contact their MEPs ahead of the key vote.
On Motherboard, Karl Bode talks about how no one seems to want this: the link taxes were tried before in Spain and Germany, and failed catastrophically; the filters pose an existential risk to any service that lets the public talk to each other.
On New World Notes, Wagner James Au explores the implications for VR, MMOs, and virtual worlds: European success stories like Minecraft have created global small businesses that host local servers, but how can a small Minecraft hosting business in the EU possibly determine if its users are designing skins or other creations that violate someone's copyright?
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On Wednesday, the Legislative Committee of the European Union narrowly voted to keep the two most controversial internet censorship and surveillance proposals in European history in the upcoming revision to the Copyright Directive -- as soon as July Fourth, the whole European Parliament could vote to make this the law of 28 EU member-states.
Wednesday's vote to press ahead with mandatory copyright filters for the European internet is catastrophic for the web: starting a new business just got $60-100 million more expensive, because building filters for every kind of copyrighted work ain't cheap.
This morning, the EU's legislative affairs committee (JURI) narrowly voted to include two controversial proposals in upcoming, must-pass copyright reforms: both Article 11 (no linking to news stories without permission and a paid license) and Article 13 (all material posted by Europeans must first be evaluated by a copyright filter and blocked if they appear […]
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