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We’ve got a bad habit towards the Internet.

We thought it was a value the freedom of doing everything. Pretty much like in the Far West of the nineteenth century.

That’s why it looks strange that a government does what it is called for: to govern.

Many artists and journalists I know personally are against it, mostly because it benefits big companies more than them.

It also opens the gates for a world where the “rights with Lucasfilm/Disney but not with Ron Gilbert” situation is pretty much the standard.

And the upload filters are a stupid idea, but something companies like youtube will be forced to.
So good luck with uploading your preview clips of the italian dub to youtube in the future!

And btw spotify doesn´t pay artists enough.

No one is against copyright reform in any way. The way the current law is forumlated is incredibly shitty though.

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Things can surely be done better. That happens in every big field that escaped the interest of the society, through the legiferation. The important thing is that this big step is done.
There will be time and opportunities to improve it, according also to its implementation in all the countries.

The worrying thing is that they voted in favour without even looking at the suggestions for improvement.

Also that they rescheduled the vote to be before most of the information events as if to forcefully punch it through in it´s current form.

This was not the best way to do this in any way shape or form.

Milan, this is probably one of the last things this parliament, so composed, will vote. The opportunity to finally legiferate should not have been missed.

With the next european parliament, the so called populists will be stronger (I hope not! :slight_smile: ), thus dividing Europe and making it way weaker towards the high economical power of the internet giants.

Interesting way of seeing that.

Fair enough. But it’s been one of the main arguments by the proponents of the new regulation (i.e. protect the small guy from the big corporations).

I have not seen anybody disagreeing with the goal of sharing the loot. It’s the how that the disagreement is over.

‘Article 13’ (17, I know, hence the scare quotes) will force the large content platforms into using upload filters and/or making license agreements with the copyright holders (which in parts they already have with e.g. the GEMA in Germany).

But that will not work for all content creators who may themselves be forced to sign up with the large license holders (like GEMA) to be able to get their share and can no longer operate independently.

But I’ll guess we’ll see how this plays out. I just hope that the powers that be will correct any collateral damage that comes out of this. Well, first off I hope that no such damage occurs and it’s just the big platforms that will have to share some of their profits.