European residents and citizens. The EU has just passed Rejected a new law and the full effect and weight of such has not yet been felt on the internet on your side of the water. GDPR was a hassle but understandable. Now Article 13 that was just passed into law will change the way the internet works (at least on the EU side of things)
Why is this important? Content filters and monitored uploads is tough technology to start with and causes a LOT of false positives and is a huge issue on mega platforms like YouTube.com where revenue and copyright has caused so much issue that someone can upload static, and get copyright strikes. https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-42580523 (not making this up)
This issue is going to be huge when what we have in this article is going to be considered a violation of that same law. Thankfully I am writing this in the USA. LINKING to an article or news story will be a violation of this law, where at the minimum a fee or fine will have to be paid to the owner of the content. Copyright protection on a URL will fundamentally change the way the internet works. Software has to be installed to filter, block or prevent links, images, videos, pdfs, and so forth that MAY be copyright property of another. This changes blogs, op ed, social media and so much more. There was great opposition to this law but it passed anyway in the flawed form. This law takes nothing into account of existing copyright law, fair use, parody and so forth.
This law seems to be about control of information and will reshape the internet in the EU.
USA needs to keep pressuring Congress, Senate and FCC to put Net Neutrality back to protect the freedom, and fair exchange of ideas, information and content. European Law – Article 13 does not comply with Copyright laws already in place. It is a new system of control and violations will be selected in an automated way.
EU residents and citizens can protest using this link below.
(Update notes) – It is good to see that common sense prevailed at the final vote on this new law. It is sad to see how close this came to being passed still. The final vote was dramatically against the reform and showed opposition was strong. This type of prevention of badly written laws needs to keep trending in the world to help keep the internet open and free.
This article is written as the express opinion of Joseph Dispensa and does not necessarily reflect the opinion or policy of Sneaker Web Design.
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Joseph has been working in Internet Technology in various aspects since 1994. He has traveled in Europe helping many organizations improve their technical reach and ability and firmly believes that technology can benefit any company when applied correctly.