‘Is EU copyright directive a plan to censor populist voices?’

September 23, 2018

HEAVY HANDED: “This would go down on images, short video clips and anything that they can conceivably copyright would have to be captured by these algorithms in violation of this Directive and God knows what kind of punishments would be handed out.” – Carl Benjamin, better known as You Tuber Sargon of Akkad on the consequences of Article 13 proposed by the European Commission.


CORPORATE CABAL: “This is their way of attacking your ability out there in the Internet and getting at you and taking away your freedom. These corporations have more money than God so they will come and get you. The only people who could continue would be those people with money. They want you gone, you are a threat to their control.” – Scottish UKIP MEP David Coburn. Picture by David Bennett..

 

 

ORDINARY internet users could put MEPs out of a job by voting them out of office next spring following a decision to pass a controversial directive that critics argue could jeopardise their internet freedom.

Article 13, the EU Copyright Directive, proposes that sites such as You Tube, Facebook and Twitter that host large amounts of user-generated content are responsible for taking it down if it infringes on copyright.

Internet users will be ‘charged’ for sharing links

Article 11 is called the “Link Tax” and proposed by the European Union and its purpose is to take money from the tech giants of Silicon Valley and if ordinary internet users share links to various media outlets on their social media platforms

The directive refers to “proportion content recognition technologies” or the equivalent of having automatic filters to scan every piece of upload content.

Concerns over Articles 11 and 13 saw the proposed directive rejected by MEPs when it was debated in July but it has now been passed earlier this month with hardly any amendments. MEPs can only scrutinize and amend EU directives and legislation, they can’t initiate it.

Article 13 has also been called the “meme ban” as it has not been clearly stated whether memes, which are often based on copyrighted images, will fall foul of these laws and critics argue that in banning memes, this could have a restriction of speech on political parody. More information on the Directive can be with information supplied by The Wire.

‘Prominent IT moguls sign joint letter to EU’

A prominent group of internet pioneers signed a joint letter to Antonio Tajani MEP, president of the European Parliament, expressing their concerns about internet freedom. Signatories included founder of the World Wide Web Tim Berners-Lee and Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales. Here is the letter they signed in full.

‘Net should not be used to survey and control its users’

In the letter to Mr Tajiani, they write: “As creators ourselves we share the concern that there should be a fair distribution of revenues from the on-line use of copyright works that benefits creators, publishers and platforms alike.

“However Article 13 takes an unprecedented step towards the transformation of the Internet from an open platform for sharing and innovation into a tool for the automated surveillance and control of its users.”

Independent You Tube celebrity Carl Benjamin, also known as Sargon of Akkad, says it is going to “infringe fair use” and will disproportionately affect content creators such as himself.

‘Violations would be caught by algorithms’

Mr Benjamin said: “This would go down on images, short video clips and anything that they can conceivably copyright would have to be captured by these algorithms in violation of this Directive and God knows what kind of punishments would be handed out.”

Whilst it will not be illegal to remix and transform material it will be inherently proscribed for the benefit of large corporations and multi-millionaire artists.

UKIP MEP for Scotland David Coburn was speaking to Mr Benjamin as part of an interview and the central part of it focused it on the Article 11 and Article 13 parts of the Directive.

‘Populism is a dirty word in the European Parliament’

Mr Coburn claims the Commission and some MEPs were exacting their revenge as populist parties had seen their movements take off through campaigns on-line to get their message out direct to the public and by-pass mainstream media organisations.

“The one thing that has upset this place (the European Parliament) is the rise of populist parties. The word ‘populist’ is a dirty word. UKIP could never had existed or arisen without the Internet.

‘MSM is exposed as emperor with no clothes 

“It was the one thing that gave us the ability to transcend the media, the control of the press barons, the BBC (Brussels Broadcasting Corporation or Bolshevik Broadcasting Corporation depending on your point of view), it was all controlled and this was a way of getting a message out there.

“They are horrified by this and it has taken them years of ways to think of crippling it. It is basically exposing the fact that the emperor has no clothes.”

Mr Coburn claims the only beneficiaries of these rules will be the Social Media platforms, mainstream news organisations and millionaire celebrities who could absorb the costs of the “link tax” and copyright fees.

‘They are punishing you for having knowledge’

He said: “This is their way of attacking your ability out there in the Internet and getting at you and taking away your freedom. These corporations have more money than God so they will come and get you.

“The only people that could continue would be those people with money. They want you gone, you are a threat to their control, that’s what they are trying to do and making you pay for this stuff or getting you for infringement of copyright is a wonderful weapon, they can just destroy you.

“We’ve had a period of unprecedented liberty we haven’t had since the 18th Century. This is the same as when they were trying to close down the pirate radio stations like Radio Caroline.”

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Yogesh Sudrik September 24, 2018 at 12:29 am

Nice work Matt

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Jerry Cornelius September 25, 2018 at 5:36 pm

This Is going To creep up on us, I think the Dark Web (Invented By US naval Intelligence btw) will be the last refuge of free speech.
They have shown their true colours, they want to Destroy free speech, to stop citizens communicating. Only a dictatorship behaves in this way.

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