Law Will Break The Internet – Kickoff in the E.U.
On December 9, 2015 The E.U. will try to implement a “force to pay linking” for ALL content online.
The E.U. will attempt to save the to big to fail media sources. In an attempt to make up for lost income on behalf of media outlets from the MSM (Main Stream Media) official who have been lobbied to save these failing outlets are being pushed to enforce a no link clause to any content by any Media that is outside of the control of those who own these large conglomerates.
If you attempt to show, report on, link to or copy and paste any portion of a news outlets content then you will have to pay. This does not only kill or break the internet as we know it. This will also break any commentary regarding their content onto YouTube to report your findings.
This full outline is based on killing decent by showing others what “They” are up to in regard to events. How can we report on deceptions within the media if we can’t use their content to criticise such events as Hoax’s or False Flags being published via television or new paper reports in the Main Stream? You won’t be able to unless you can afford to pay for using their content. So throw out the Fair Use it will be of no use if these multinationals can gain this type of control.
Here is the Bata test in the E.U. these papers are owned and operated by the same multinational news groups. This will be implemented soon in the Americas. They want to supress any commentary or criticism of errors within their narratives, they are using this to censor our reports from becoming public knowledge.
Are they to big to fail? No! If these news groups can’t compete with the alternative then they should fall to the way side, not be paid for their failures. Much like the Banks, Mortgage companies and other so called to big to fail outlets have had to take advantage of consumers.
This is the New World Order. They own it all, they control it all and your not to inform on any of their misdeeds. Comply, Comply, Comply!
Ancillary Copyright 2.0: The European Commission is preparing a frontal attack on the hyperlink
The European Commission is preparing a frontal attack on the hyperlink, the basic building block of the Internet as we know it. This is based on an absurd idea that just won’t die: Making search engines and news portals pay media companies for promoting their freely accessible articles.
The newest attempt for ancillary copyright is the most dangerous attack on the hyperlink yetTweet this!
Earlier attempts at establishing this principle resulted in Germany’s and Spain’s ancillary copyright laws for press publishers. These attempts backfired – with tremendous collateral damage. In the European Parliament I was able to defeat repeated attempts by EPP MEPs to sneak into my copyright report text passages asking for an extension of these laws to the European level. But this newest attempt is the most dangerous yet.
According to a draft communication on copyright reform leaked yesterday (via IPKat), the Commission is considering putting the simple act of linking to content under copyright protection. This idea flies in the face of both existing interpretation and spirit of the law as well as common sense. Each weblink would become a legal landmine and would allow press publishers to hold every single actor on the Internet liable.
Ancillary Copyright Law reloaded: A new path towards the old goal
In the draft at hand, the Commission bemoans a lack of clarity about which actions on the Internet need a permission and which ones do not: in legal terms, they put forward the question when something is an ‘act of communication to the public’.
This is a reference to a ruling of the European Court of Justice in the Svensson case. While on one hand the judges established that the simple act of linking to publicly available content is no copyright infringement, because it does not reach a new public, a few questions were left open by this ruling, however: For example when exactly content can be seen as accessible by the public and how e.g. links surpassing paywalls are to be treated.
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The key point is that the Commission frames ancillary copyright laws for press publishers as an attempt by a few member states to solve this problem legally. Instead of criticizing the substance of these laws they only bemoan the possible ‘fragmentation’ of European law by these different implementations. A coherent European answer to the problem behind all this is a neccessity. The reform of the executive rights on an EU-level is aparantly another attempt to fulfil the goals also pursued through the introduction of ancillary copyright law.
However, the depiction of this goal by the Commission is playinly wrong: Ancillary copyright laws do not answer the questions poised by the European Court of Justice. It is rather an attempt to cross-finance struggling publishing houses by asking thriving internet companies such as google to pay up for linking to publicly available articles – to give price tags to exactly the same act of linking that has been clearly pronounced non-infringing by the European Court of Justice.
The Commission seems to want to reach the same by defining exclusive rights further, so the ‘clarity’ it seeks can only mean: sheer linking to content protected by copyright shall be seen as providing access to them, and require therefore explicit permission. This plan is a departure from the basic principle behind the Svensson ruling, which permitted free linking on the Internet, without the need for active examination of whom the linked material belongs to.
The most dangerous incarnation of the ancillary copyright zombies
Digital commissioner Günther Oettinger (CDU – EPP), afiirmed dozens of times over the last months that he is considering the introduction of an ‘instrument’ on the European level to compensate the publishing houses’ sinking income caused by lower sales and less income through advertisement:
Even Martin Schulz (SPD – S&D), President of the European Parliament, struck a similair tone this week at the ‘Publishers’ Summit’ when he confirmed that ‘we need to clarify the relation between press publishers and digital platforms in the matter of copyright.’
The publishers are clearly wielding so much influence through lobbying that there is nothing that can stop big-party politicians from trying to misapply copyright law in order to support obsolete business models:
- Not the complete failure of pushed-through legislation like the one in Germany – where not only the hoped-for increase in revenue stayed away, but where the fast and meek introduction of a free licence for google, a grand backpedalling by the publishing houses, is a possible violation of German law.
- Not the collateral damage done to Spain’s IT-economy, where the ancillary copyright law forbid granting free licences, making the collection of newspaper articles by non-profit organizations illegal even when publishers would like to support it; and forcing Google to completely shut off it’s news service in Spain due to lack of profitability.
- Not the ‘vast majority’ of thousands of Europeans asking for the freedom of linking in the Commission’s copyright consultation.
- Not the exclamation of our IT-industry and warnings from scientists.
- Not the repeated distinct rejection of introducing such plans into the report on the copyright directive by the European Parliament.
The prospective ‘instrument’ – Needing permission to link to something – would be the bluntest tool yet employed for a completely mistaken cause that is being pushed through against all odds. This would have even more dramatic effects than everything seen so far regarding ancillary copyright laws in Germany and Spain.
The damage would be humongous
Protecting linking by copyright law would change the Internet as we know it today beyond all recognition. Tweet this!
Posting, sharing and sending links is a trivial every-day activity. It is impossible for both users and internet platforms to examine the legal status of every link. Content can change constantly online, so these examinations would actually have to take place constantly. What is more, every link leads to texts or pictures copyrighted by someone – no matter whether they know it or not; no matter whether they want to profit from this or not.
Subsequently there will be legal uncertainty, confusion, and waves of dissuasion carrying legal fees for everybody – it would sever the Internet’s neurons in order to promote the interests of the few. We can not let that happen!
Repell this advance right now
The leaked text is not a law proposal, but just a summary of the Commission’s plans for next year. The plan is supposed to go public on the 9th of December. Affecting change in the now-known versions is nigh impossibly until then. But sometimes controversial proposals are leaked to test them – if there is no protest, the plan can be unworriedly pursued.
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It is hence even more important to become active now! Tell the Commission that pursuing the introduction of ancillary copyright law means barking up the wrong tree – no matter whether it is introduced as a privilege, or a restriciton to free linking is enacted. Do not allow the vested interests of the publishers’ lobby to destroy free communication on the Internet! Remind your representatives of them having rejected such approaches to introduce ancillary copyright laws with clear majorities in the past. Many representatives are worried about the competitiveness of European companies – explain to them that liability for linking brings uncalculable risks with it for the European IT-industry and threatens to nip innovation in the bud! Encourage them to make clear once and for all:
Stop breaking the Internet!
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In less than 24 hours, the EU Commission will publish a new copyright plan that opens the door to “the most dangerous attack on the hyperlink yet.”
Over 9000 people have already written detailed comments to the Commission opposing this reckless link censorship plan. But if we don’t act fast, the EU could ignore us and usher in new regulations that will damage our right to express ourselves online.
ACT NOW: We have just hours to tell EU Digital Economy Commissioner Oettinger to listen to the Internet and Save our Right to Link.
Dear Commissioner Oettinger,
As an Internet user, I am deeply concerned about leaked EU Commission proposals that open the door to a link tax, and to copyrighting the act of linking online.
These link censorship proposals would affect all of us, whether we live in the EU or not. News publishers, digital rights activists, startups, and Internet service providers will struggle if our right to link is undermined.
OpenMedia recently asked Internet users for their thoughts. Preliminary assessment of their responses shows that over 58% of respondents think that rightsholders have too much say in what content is taken down from the Web, and 91% said they did not want to see ancillary copyright or the link tax implemented. We are sure you will see much more helpful guidance from users when you analyze the final comments after the December 30th deadline for input.
I urge you to listen to the nearly 10,000 Internet users who have provided detailed feedback on this issue — and the over 75,000 people speaking out to Save The Link — and eliminate the link tax once and for all.
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PS: See what Internet users are saying at https://savethelink.org/yourvoice
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