Death of the Free Internet

Yesterday the EU essentially voted to kill the free internet, although there is one more step to make it valid. Let’s let Robert Tracinski of The Federalist tells us why.

This [Article 13] is ostensibly a measure to enforce copyright protections, but it is drawn so preposterously overbroad that it will catch everybody.

A proposed new European copyright law wants large websites to use ‘content recognition technologies’ to scan for copyrighted videos, music, photos, text, and code in a move that that could impact everyone from the open source software community to remixers, livestreamers, and teenage meme creators.

This law is calculated to destroy the free-wheeling Internet in five ways.

1) It restricts the flow of content on computer networks.

Article 13 reverses one of the key legal doctrines that allowed the Internet to thrive: the idea that computer networks are not “publishers” and are therefore not liable for the actions or statements of their users. This means that you can sue an individual user for libel or copyright infringement, but not the e-mail service or bulletin board or social media platform on which he did it. This immunity made it possible for computer networks to open a floodgate of content produced by independent individuals, without requiring service providers to serve as editors or moderators.

2) It creates an Internet surveillance state.

Article 13 would require big tech companies to establish the infrastructure to monitor and control all communications that go through their networks, which is precisely what they are already doing too much of.

3) It entrenches the big media giants.

The expense of setting up the electronic filters mandated in Article 13 is so great that tiny little startups can’t do it. Only the giants can do it.

But wait, it gets worse. Along with Article 13 is Article 11, dubbed the “link tax,” which requires websites to buy a license from established publications in order to quote, excerpt, or possibly even link to their material. Ostensibly, this is to protect publications from sites that “curate” content by stealing it, providing a link to the original source only after they have excerpted all of its key information and gathered all the Web traffic for themselves. But the egregious abuse of excerpts is already illegal. Article 11 replaces existing laws with something much broader and more vague, whose exact scope hasn’t even been defined yet.

4) It would outlaw legitimate uses of information.

As another opponent explains, “Automated systems just can’t distinguish between commentary, criticism, and parody, and mere copying, nor could the platforms employ a workforce big enough to adjudicate each case to see if a match to a copyrighted work falls within one of copyright’s limitations and exceptions.”

5) It would unleash false and malicious copyright claims.

Article 13 allows for mass uploading of copyright claims but imposes no penalty for making a false claim. This creates an incentive for bad actors to suppress information by targeting it with false copyright claims.

[S]tock-market manipulators could use bots to claim copyright over news about a company, suppressing its sharing on social media; political actors could suppress key articles during referendums or elections; corrupt governments could use arms-length trolls to falsely claim ownership of footage of human rights abuses…. It’s asymmetric warfare:…. Bots will be able to pollute the copyright databases much faster than humans could possibly clear it.

More, and more detail at The Federalist, linked above.

It is a blatant grab for censorship by the elites, for the elites. Not something we are unfamiliar with if you can’t compete with something outlaw it. In theory, it should not affect us here in the US. Yeah right, if you read that privacy notice on this and every article on this site, it is there because the EU mandates it.

Europe is a dying market, but it is a very self-important market, with a very entrenched ruling class, who would much rather you didn’t know what they were up to. Just like HMG with regard to Tommy Robinson, where we got the word on the internet and America and Australia have embarrassed the British government.

It’s doubtful that we would have ever heard about his arrest (or likely even him) if this had been in force. Nor would we have heard about the green revolt in Iran a few years ago.

It is a pernicious measure, which has the power to remove the truth from the public sphere, and ways around it must be found if we cannot kill it. Because this could kill freedom of speech, perhaps only on the internet, but…

What you don’t know, you can’t speak of.


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10 Responses to Death of the Free Internet

  1. Scoop says:

    If I understand what I just read correctly, it sounds like sites such as Drudge will be instantly out of business. And Drudge has become one of the best sources of news around the world that is updated every minute of the day . . . and we know how much the left hates the Drudge (types) and blames them for undermining their ‘false narrative’ news which is being generated for propaganda usage. Sounds like this is an attempt to end the ability for people to catch the elites with their pants down, so-to-speak.

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    • NEO says:

      I haven’t read anything yet on how it will affect us in the States, but yeah, that is what they are trying to do. Typical EU.

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      • Scoop says:

        I guess the question is, has the EU become the new California? Do things that start over there in the progressive arena naturally and surely invade our culture at some point in the future. That seems to be what California ended up being and now it seems to me at least, that might be happening with the EU nut jobs.

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  2. Scoop says:

    Also, if they wanted to pass a law that might be of some use, they ought to be looking at Twitter which allows scum like Peter Fonda to spew all kinds of hate and call for killing people and sodomizing children etc. is profoundly disturbing. Yet, nothing is done and this continues unabated. In fact it has ratcheted up in its intensity. It is rally sick. Rush said it well in this story:

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    • NEO says:

      Yep, and the EU thing will, if anything, strengthen Twitter. Rush is right on the X ring here. And it nearly already has, Steve Scalise comes to mind.

      Liked by 1 person

      • Scoop says:

        Yeah, I just had to flesh out my thoughts on this a little more on AATW after I read this and thought a bit about what is going on all around us.

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        • the unit says:

          Not much from me today. Day of rekoning. Test day. Yesterday no solids, just clear fluids, then ducolax all night. Not “flesh out” but flush out. 🙂
          All’s well, no progressive growths found. Be back tomorrow. 🙂

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        • Scoop says:

          Hope everything turns out OK.

          Liked by 1 person

        • the unit says:

          Thank you Sir. Very fortunate indeed. Gastroenterological diseases have been a problem for male in my family as for at least back to my grandfather.
          Yes, in the clear still at 76. Should have put quotations around progressive in my comment about no growths. 🙂

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