They say “ACTA 2” – the EU seeks to censor the Internet [ACTS]

Update, June 20, 2018: ACTA II is getting closer to becoming a fact. Representing the European Pirate Party (and reporting disturbing reports from the European Parliament on a regular basis), Julia Reda informed via Twitter that “Article 13” was initially voted down by a ratio of 15:10, and “Article 11” – 13:12. Both of them deal with copyright, and in fact, threaten the free one the Internet .

“Article 13” is a proposal to introduce a law that ultimately could lead to the censoring of the Internet. Each publisher will be responsible for the content published by its users (eg in the comments), so to avoid punishment, top-down moderation can become a standard. For example, filters may block memes and this is actually the smallest problem.

“Article 11” refers to the introduction of a tax on links for authors, i.e. the need to pay fees for providing links to articles protected by copyright. The fact that these articles will indeed be accepted will show a plenary vote in the European Parliament, which will take place soon.

News, June 1, 2018: It was not too loud about it, and the negative consequences could be enormous. Recently, the European Union Member States presented their positions on two important issues: a tax on links and the so-called censor machines (although an explanation is required here) on the Internet. Polish representatives are skeptical about the former, but agree to vote on the project assuming the introduction of the latter in the unchanged version.

“Link tax” is based on the fact that each internet service will have to pay for the possibility of providing a link (along with a heading / fragment of an article or photo) to another place on the network.

“Censoring machines” are supposed to change the way of moderating content published by users. Instead of responding to requests, portals (manually or programmatically) will have to check content before publishing to avoid penalties. First of all, I am talking about comments in which links and fragments of other articles might appear (because the whole issue is also about copyright).

The introduction of a “link tax” will be a drastic change to the quote law. Search engines and aggregators (or rather their users) will suffer the most. Content filtering (aimed at detecting copyright infringing material) is dangerous because it creates a huge scope for violations and dissemination of propaganda, and consequent can lead to partial censorship.

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The standpoint of individual countries to the latest EU proposals. (Julia Reda) .

The official vote in the European Parliament will take place on 20-21 June. Earlier, it was said that Polish representatives would vote against, but modified proposals are being prepared and it is not known how it will be, especially since the censorship tool apparently met with a warm reception.

Source: Julia Reda, Save Your Internet. Illustration: OpenClipart-Vectors / Pixabay (CC0)

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