As a storyteller,I know it might sound like I'm crying "Wolf!", but
as a librarian the tiny aggravation in our Inboxes before on the EU
policies were just a warm-up to a truly Internet breaking policy that
affects the entire Internet. Today I received this (my own comments follow), also I put in bold
type the part affecting everybody: *This is terrible:* The EU Parliament just caved in to giant
corporations and passed a massive overhaul of copyright law that
threatens to ruin the Internet as we know it. The Parliament
approved the requirements for taxes on hyperlinks and censorship
upload filters for any website that publishes content.
1 If these policies become law, websites like Reddit and Wikipedia
could be wiped out entirely. And it would pave the way for similar
policies here at home. But the good news is that the EU Council
gets its say, and we're going to make sure these devastating policies
OpenMedia is pressuring EU member states to stand up to corporate
interests and vote down the Link Tax and Censorship Machines for
good. Will you donate to help our efforts?
The Link Tax would affect not just Europe, but the entire Internet
ecosystem. Requiring websites to use automated content-filtering
technology would cost millions of dollars and thousands of manpower
hours, likely decimating small online businesses and startups.
2 This legislation stems from pressure from gigantic publishers who
would rather destroy the free and open Internet than admit their
business models are obsolete. They want Google and other data
aggregators to pay up when they link to original sources-but that
means that we'd also have to pay, changing the way we share
information with each other.
3 And the legislation also calls for content sites to have YouTube-
style upload filters. But most sites don't have the manpower or
financial resources of YouTube, which paid tens of millions of
dollars to put its filter in place. These Censorship Machine
requirements will put smaller sites out of business for good.
We've seen the effect that Europe's new privacy requirements have
had on websites we use here at home-dozens of new terms of service
agreements have come through our email inboxes. That's why it's
essential that the entire world become involved in the fight against
the EU's new copyright legislation. And as a global organization
with campaigners around the world, OpenMedia is uniquely suited to
take up the fight.
When this came up earlier I posted on storytelling sites what I could
find about the EU Council. A Canadian storyteller who is also a
librarian, Elinor Benjamin, added "I managed to harvest all the email
addresses from the site so I could send one message to all of them -
freely adapted from Lois' point. Here they are if anyone wants to do
the same. . . email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com" Please consider how you, too, might respond before the EU Council
takes steps affecting all of us whether we have a website or not,
since we all use the internet. LoiS(hocked and you should be, too)