Article 13 of the EU Copyright Directive Threatens the Internet

Dave

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In a nut shell, another reason to despise the EU machine.

With the implementation of GDPR there were enough small businesses within the EU that had to spend time and money in order to comply with a law that had been implemented to appease the EU think tank.

Next on the horizon are Articles 11 & 13 of the EU Copyright Directive which in a nut shell is being discussed and voted on with the aim of making all websites, forums, social media, etc within the EU responsible for all copyright material posted to their platforms; it also extends to the user if they are identifiable.
Again, what this means is that in essence if you post a quote or picture that is copyright protected to any internet platform, within a post, the owner or poster could be sued for copyright infringement without any warnings being made.
As it stands now if someone posted a picture or snippet from a news article, for example, and the owner of such material objected, then they would contact us/me to complain and we would then remove it. Issue closed. That step is being taken away.

From what I'm reading the directive's ''present form'' regarding Articles 11 and 13 may be interpreted as follows:

Articles 11 and 13 would imply that posting excerpts, quotations, images, gifs, etc. and links from some (if not most) external sources would be considered as copyright infringement unless we, the forum owners buy distribution rights from those sources, otherwise we would be held liable.
Theoretically public domain websites such as Wikipedia would be excluded, but it is not yet clear to what degree since the subject is still heavily debated.


Also pretty much all original content, made by us and our users for our forums, would have to be specifically licensed for our forums.

More info here: #SaveYourInternet – Fight the #CensorshipMachine


And, on the horizon, come May 2019, there are plans afoot to bring in another EU directive relating to Hate Speech and illegal content (https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/text/HTML/?uri=CELEX:52017DC0555) which has massive implications with regards to what people can or cannot post on forums, websites and social media platforms within the EU.
Should anyone find material objectionable the can, in essence, complain to the hosting company as ultimately they will be responsible for the content posted on their networks and failure to remove it or close down the offending site could lead to massive fines being imposed.


Is the internet really free for all or is it to become the tool of big business only?
 

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The internet is currently being used irresponsibly in the UK (and probably in the rest of the world). I'n in favour, in principle, of more draconian rules being brought in.
 

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The EU can bring in as many directives as it likes (regarding article 13), proving individual cases is another scenario....Good luck with that one.:unsure:.....They can't even get it right now........(y)
 
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fishingmad123

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well with mays deal the EU can bring in whatever rules they want we wont have a say but will have to abide .
 

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"Is the internet really free for all or is it to become the tool of big business only?

The internet has given more opportunities for people to make a career and make something of their lives like never before.
You only have to look at the number of vbloggers and creative artists (music,art,literary etc) who are doing very well for themselves to see what it can do.
 

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No rules web ever is acceptable.......especially when outing paedophiles and classing Harley Davidson 'motorcycle' owners as being a bit odd and taking the mick out of the Yanks, Scousers and southerners!!!

I'd say that's healthy and it reunites the world!!!

Helps combat global warming too!...

So we're quids in!!!...............
 
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