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The European Parliament has voted in favor of the Copyright Directive, a controversial piece of legislation intended to update online copyright laws for the internet age. The most important parts of this are Articles 11 and 13. Article 11 is intended to give publishers and papers a way to make money when companies link to their stories, allowing them to demand paid licenses. Article 13 requires certain platforms stop users sharing unlicensed copyrighted material. In the case of Article 11, they note that attempts to “tax” platforms for sharing articles have repeatedly failed, and that the system would be ripe to abuse by copyright trolls. Article 13, they say, is even worse. The legislation requires that platforms proactively work with rightsholders to stop users uploading copyrighted content.
originally posted by: BrianFlanders
Frankly, I'm surprised it's taken them as long as it has to wreck the internet. The first time I signed on way back in the AOL days with my snail slow dialup, I thought "Wow! This is too awesome! Why do they allow this? There's got to be a catch!"
I mean, I was still paying for cable then so it was an odd clash of ideas to go from my TV to my PC and back to my TV and so on and so forth.
I did some research on this on my own because of how heavily spun most stories on ATS are these days. What I found out about the link tax was enough to be against this law. Apparently, there will be some red tape involved if someone wants to link to and quote a news source, which I do on ATS all the time and consider to be good policy.
Google is mostly being targeted for showing snippets of other websites in search results. I disagree with punishing Google for this, as I think it only benefits those who show up in the search results. How else do they expect to get viewers if viewers can’t find them on search engines? In fact, when a law like this appeared in Spain, Google simply stopped showing Spanish news outlets in their search results.
Here is a news source with further information from Forbes: Forbes It turns out the law would require someone to have a license to link to a news story. This is simply ridiculous and gets in the way of the Information Age.
You have guns to over throw the unelected officials who are ruling over you...wait, eh