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EU Copyright Directive - Save Your Internet!

Postby MrFredPFL » Fri Jun 08, 2018 12:25 am

Story :

Under Article 11, news outlets will be able to charge people to link to them. So, the likes Google and Facebook for example would have to pay licensing fees to all the newspapers, TV and Radio stations around the world in order to provide links to the news, those links that you put there when you post stuff. And if you run a small blog and comment on the news, you will have to pay as well when you link.

But, and this is a big but, who decides who the news outlets are that can charge? Who will decide which newspaper is on the official list – will it be government or a quango set up to deal with it? The dangers to freedom of speech of that are obvious. And will there be a fee to appear on the list and what will you have to sign up to?

And will the search engines then place those official sites at the very top of all the news rankings with the smaller players who pay the link fees underneath them? And will those that commentate without being on the list or not linking to the big official boys be penalised as 'fake news' and sandboxed?

In fact this has been tried before in Spain and it failed dismally, so why the push now for it to be rolled out across the whole EU?

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