/news/ - News

News & Current Events + Happenings

Posting mode: Reply

Check to confirm you're not a robot
Drawing x size canvas

Remember to follow the rules

Max file size: 350.00 MB

Max files: 5

Max message length: 4096

Manage Board | Moderate Thread

Return | Catalog | Bottom

News & Current Events + Happenings
/news/ deserves actual news. Declaring agendas are not news. Do not post trolling bait threads.
Post quality threads only, and it's voluntary to crosspost them to /pol/
Never mandatory.

Expand All Images

Internet Disaster Ahead! EU Parliament Approves Upload Filters, Mass Censorship Reader 09/12/2018 (Wed) 22:27:23 Id: ffe15a [Preview] No. 12684
Internet Disaster Ahead! EU Parliament Approves Upload Filters, Mass Censorship



Controversial new European Union (EU) laws that could force tech firms to monitor all web uploads, destroy internet meme culture, and disadvantage small news websites have been approved by the European Parliament.

The vote in Strasbourg on Wednesday was 438 in favour of the measures, 226 against, and 39 abstentions.

The European Commission has claimed the laws will update copyright rules, giving publishers and big music labels a fairer deal, but critics say they could lead to mass surveillance and alternative news sources shutting down.

The most contentious sections are the directive’s Article 11 and Article 13, which detractors have dubbed the “link tax” and the “upload filter” respectively.

They were initially rejected by the parliament after a campaign spearheaded by UKIP, and an intervention by British inventor of the World Wide Web, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, and co-founder of Wikipedia Jimmy Wales, who raised concerns about online freedom.

The redrafted directive now insists that “small and micro platforms [are] excluded from directive’s scope” and “hyperlinks, accompanied by ‘individual words’ can be shared freely” in an attempt to reassure critics.

It had been argued that taxing links would hand an advantage to larger, well resourced mainstream media platforms.

Final vote for Parliament position on the copyright directive with #UploadFilters and #LinkTax: adopted. Parliament has failed to listen to citizens’ and experts’ concerns. #SaveYourInternet pic.twitter.com/gtGi6rg5kL

— Julia Reda (@Senficon) September 12, 2018

Reader 09/12/2018 (Wed) 22:28:06 Id: ffe15a [Preview] No.12685 del
After the vote, German MEP Axel Voss, from Chancellor Angela Merkel’s party, said: “There has been much heated debate around this directive and I believe that Parliament has listened carefully to the concerns raised.

“Thus, we have addressed concerns raised about innovation by excluding small and micro platforms or aggregators from the scope.”

Ahead of the vote, it was also claimed that meme culture – including satirical videos and edited images – could be negatively affected if all content uploads were monitored and material blocked.

Other said the monitoring of content could be the top of a slippery slope, with the EU moving on from blocking copyrighted material to other forms of content, such as speech, that they may want to censor.

The new directive insists the text includes “provisions to ensure that copyright law is observed online without unfairly hampering the freedom of expression that has come to define the Internet”.

It adds: “Thus, merely sharing hyperlinks to articles, together with ‘individual words’ to describe them, will be free of copyright constraints.”

However, the civil liberties group the Electronic Frontier said the vote was the “worst possible outcome” and MEP Julia Reda was unconvinced by the amendments, calling Wednesday’s vote a “severe blow to the free and open internet”.

“This law leaves sites and apps no choice but to install error-prone upload filters,” she wrote.

“Anything we want to publish will need to first be approved by these filters, and perfectly legal content like parodies and memes will be caught in the crosshairs.”

War on Free Speech: EU Demands Facebook and Google Censor ‘Illegal’ Speech in One Hour https://t.co/jV90BcG0Ic

— Breitbart London (@BreitbartLondon) March 2, 2018

She added: “The adopted version… allows only ‘individual words’ of news articles to be reproduced for free, including in hyperlinks – closely following an existing German law.


Reader 09/14/2018 (Fri) 01:06:15 Id: 3c3392 [Preview] No.12703 del
https://youtube.com/watch?v=uXFYjQMW9yU [Embed]

Reader 09/14/2018 (Fri) 02:00:22 Id: 81d5b9 [Preview] No.12705 del
(36.26 KB 478x435 02.jpg)
Saved. Those fuckers soon won't be able to post their shit Amerimutt meme anywhere.

Top | Return | Catalog | Post a reply