New Potential EU Copyright Laws Could Curb Free Speech Across The Web Including The Censoring Of Social Media Memes And Other User Created Content 6/22/18 - A Whittle Bit of Commentary

A Whittle Bit of Commentary with Chad Whittle

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The EU just had an initial vote to change copyright law for the internet in EU countries that will have far reaching effects outside of the European Union and could determine what you are able to see here in America.

The BBC reports that the new copyright laws passed by a group of MEPs, that’s Members of European Parliament, contains two articles that you need to know and worry about.

Article 11, that some are calling a “link tax,” would require online platforms to pay publishers a fee if they link to their news content. For example, if Google News posts a clip of a video or a snippet of a news story from ABC, Google would have to pay ABC a fee to post that content.

Article 13 is even worse. Under it all user generated content that includes text, photos, audio and video would be checked for copyrighted material and filter if the user is found to have uploaded copyrighted content. So if you create a Crying Jordan or Crying Rachel Maddow meme that includes a photo from ESPN or MSNBC, Twitter will have to take your meme down.  

Critics complain that web filters will not be able to tell the difference in copyright violations or if something is simply a parody or satire.

This could have a chilling effect on free speech not only in Europe but also here in America because tech companies may decide it’s easier to just implement these EU rules in all countries including the U.S.

If this passes the wider European Parliament vote in July, someone should make a “Crying Internet User” meme because the web as we know it could be over.

I’m Chad Whittle on A Whittle Bit of Commentary.

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