Following on the heels of the "right to be forgotten"/RTBF as a censorship tool, the EU is pushing into the copyright space. Given the high fines and the misuse of copyright "takedown notices/tools" in the past, this will either end the Internet as we know it, or (more likely) seriously reduce access to net resources in Europe.
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2. I want video of the EU (C)opyright Police raiding the software shops in Hong Kong and Shangai. Could be great Jackie Chan scene!
It appears the EU Parliament just jerked their collective knees.
However, individual member nations must pass implementing legislation, so there might be a bit of hope left.
Quite a few things in the GDPR were much worse in the drafts - mandatory breach notification was previously mooted at 24 hours(thanks security technology companies and everyone else for arguing for 72 hours).
That was relatively smooth however, this looks like a confused mess of nonsense.
Regards copyright one of the really basic thought experiments on a law is how many people routinely break it - now I’m not ready to throw copywriter out on the strength of this, but it’s doubtful we need another slice. As Cragin points out it’s a directive not a law so there’s still a couple of houses to change minds.
remember though EU coprywrited works are pretty premium, take for example this bootlegged copy of ‘Wattoo Wattoo Super Bird’:
imagine the collective loss to society if this could no longer be freely viewed?
i imagine this will be talked out sooner rather than later, either in legislation or amendments when certain overprotectionists start projecting that they might get poorer. Especially as I can see things like this that might disproportionately affect US tech companies,being viewed as tariffs in certain quarters.
In any case embryonic noosphere will grow around inefficiencies via some mystic handwaving...