[CODATA-international] Fwd: How you can stop Europe’s proposal to break the internet

Bob Chen bchen at ciesin.columbia.edu
Mon Jul 9 17:54:35 EDT 2018

In case you didn't hear about the outcome of the EU vote...this post is 
from IDG Connect. Cheers, Bob


  News Roundup: The EU Votes Down Controversial Copyright Law

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    Posted byCharlotte Trueman <https://www.idgconnect.com/author/938>


    on July 06 2018

/A roundup of the week’s technology news including EU copyright law, a 
Samsung phone glitch and the latest security news./

*EU copyright law*

MEPs this week voted down 
a somewhat controversial piece of copyright legislation that many argued 
would align the EU more closely with the principles of the digital age. 
The proposal would have put the onus on websites to check for cases of 
copyright infringement and pay when they link to a news story and was 
largely supported by musicians who argued that websites are exploiting 
their content and causing them to lose out on royalties.

Opponents of the bill complained that it would stifle creativity and 
freedom <https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-44712475> on the internet 
and said that charging websites like Facebook and Google to host news 
stories would ultimately lead to a ‘link tax’ and cause issues when 
embedded links are included within the body of an article. Those against 
the legislation also claim that enforcing the use copyright filters 
similar to those that already exist on websites such as YouTube would 
not only be expensive but could cause things that are created using 
repurposed content, like memes or remixes for example, to effectively be 

The proposal was voted down 318-278, but a number of amendments have 
been tabled and the bill is expected to be debated by the European 
Parliament again in September.

Dr. Robert S. Chen
Director, Center for International Earth Science Information Network
  (CIESIN), The Earth Institute, Columbia University
Manager, NASA Socioeconomic Data and Applications Center (SEDAC)
P.O. Box 1000, 61 Route 9W, Palisades, NY 10964 USA
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e-mail: bchen at ciesin.columbia.edu
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On 7/3/2018 9:16 AM, Paul Uhlir wrote:
> Dear colleagues, take action before the end of Wednesday, July 4th, on 
> this issue. The link makes it very easy to be involved, whether you 
> are in the EU or outside...
> Thank you for your timely attention to this urgent matter.
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> The time to act is now!
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> European lawmakers are drafting new copyright rules that will require 
> online platforms to automatically monitor and filter all user-uploaded 
> content. Their intention is to stop copyright infringement, but the 
> reality will go so far beyond that it will risk breaking the internet.
> This means that nearly every platform — from Instagram to YouTube to 
> SoundCloud to Flickr — will have to review every single uploaded file 
> for copyright infringements before it is allowed to go online. Such a 
> system would be so expensive that only huge companies would be able to 
> join the market, and it would surely flag tons of perfectly harmless 
> and non-infringing content.
> The draft law would also allow press publishers to demand fees for 
> linking to headlines and snippets. This will kill news linking on the 
> web. How do we know? It already failed in Spain and Germany. The new 
> “link tax” would drastically disrupt the free flow of information online.
> *These copyright proposals will break the internet as we know it. *
> It doesn’t have to be this way. Here’s what you can do.
> On July 5, all 751 Members of the European Parliament will vote on 
> whether to fast-track the proposal, or to reopen the discussions so 
> improvements can be made. The proposal isn’t a sure thing — it barely 
> made it out of committee.
> You can help stop it.
> *If you’re an EU citizen, or if you live and work in the EU, go to 
> saveyourinternet.eu 
> <https://creativecommons.us13.list-manage.com/track/click?u=4051250396fe81f55034e2d49&id=2e790ecdd7&e=b358c0bfeb> 
> and tell your MEPs to stop the proposal and reopen the debate. *
> If you’re not in the EU, help us spread the word! The one thing we 
> know about bad internet legislation is that it gets copied and 
> exported world-wide. We have to stop it wherever it shows up, before 
> it become the law where you live, too.
> Europe needs reasonable and balanced copyright rules that foster an 
> open internet, freedom of expression, and the rights of users and the 
> public in the digital environment.
> It’s not too late. With your help, we can turn this around.
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