European MPs vote in favor of controversial copyright laws
The EU has voted on copyright reform (again), with members of European Parliament this time voting in favor of the extremely controversial Articles 11 and 13 on new Copyright Directive.

As webmaster and content creator I don’t like this decision at all. This is bad for Internet and all users. And I don’t think there will be much good from it to publishing dinosaurs. Without those articles the directive would have been mostly quite acceptable. With those it looks like recipe for disaster…


  1. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Politicians prove once more they have no clue about how technology works.

  2. Tomi Engdahl says:

    New Copyright Powers, New “Terrorist Content” Regulations: A Grim Day For Digital Rights in Europe

    Despite waves of calls and emails from European Internet users, the European Parliament today voted to accept the principle of a universal pre-emptive copyright filter for content-sharing sites, as well as the idea that news publishers should have the right to sue others for quoting news items online – or even using their titles as links to articles. Out of all of the potential amendments offered that would fix or ameliorate the damage caused by these proposals, they voted for worst on offer.

    There are still opportunities, at the EU level, at the national level, and ultimately in Europe’s courts, to limit the damage. But make no mistake, this is a serious setback for the Internet and digital rights in Europe.

    Not content with handing copyright law enforcement to algorithms and tech companies, the EU now wants to expand that to defining the limits of political speech too.

    And as bad as all this sounds, it could get even worse. Elections are coming up in the European Parliament next May. Many of the key parliamentarians who have worked on digital rights in Brussels will not be standing.

    The European Parliament’s reserves of digital rights expertise, never that full to begin with, are emptying.

    The best that can be said about the Copyright in the Digital Single Market Directive, as it stands, is that it is so ridiculously extreme that it looks set to shock a new generation of Internet activists into action – just as the DMCA, SOPA/PIPA and ACTA did before it.

  3. Tomi Engdahl says:

    The man behind the EU’s copyright law is “surprised” by what’s in the proposal


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