ARTICLE THIRTEEN

The EU is proposing that robots should decide what can and can not be shared by us. Yep, that’s right – robots. Article 13 is a provision in the EU Copyright Reform mandating that all content uploaded to the internet be monitored by robots and potentially deleted if a likeness to existing copyrighted content is detected.

Robots do not understand when the content is used lawfully for purposes of quoting, analyzing, criticizing or educating purposes, under licenses or in remixes. We cannot allow robots to monitor our actions on the Internet and censor them.

Why does this interest me?

  • Robots will decide what can and can not be shared by us.
  • They have no sense of humor, irony, or nuance.
  • They do not distinguish the legitimate use of foreign authorship from piracy – they will simply wipe out.
  • Robots do not understand when the content is used lawfully for purposes of quoting, analyzing, criticizing or educating purposes, under licenses or in remixes.
  • Robots will monitor our actions on the Internet and censor them.
  • Robots will limit our access to knowledge.
  • The robots will end the open internet without the censorship Europe knew so far.
  • This ruling will be voted on in April 2018, alongside with another one thousand amendments to the proposal to reform EU Copyright.

Whether a creator or a consumer, everyone who uses the internet will be affected by this law — which is why we all need to speak out against it.

If you are a creator or independent business, the content that you upload to share with your audience might be deleted without your consent. Creators include but are not limited to Artists –such as Cartoonists, Gamers, Illustrators, Photographers, Documentary Filmmakers, Animators, Musicians, DJs, and Dancers,– Bloggers, Journalists, and Technologists.

Online platforms will be required to implement complex filtering systems and will be held liable for copyright infringement, potentially incurring fines that threaten their economic viability.

Article 13 would restrict the ability of internet users to consume content –meaning they won’t be able to find and enjoy diverse kinds of cultural expressions that they have grown accustomed to. The days of communicating through gifs and memes, listening to our favourite remixes online or sharing videos of our friends singing at karaoke might be coming to an end.

Ultimately, the internet culture that has emerged in recent years –a culture that enables connections and democratises information– will become bureaucratic and restrictive

Please sign our petition to stop Article 13 from being implemented!

https://www.change.org/p/stop-censorship-in-europe

 

Good News!

I recently stumbled across this website that only publishes good news, the stuff that’ll give you warm fuzzies inside.  Take a break from the constant wars, murders and politics on everyday news channels and get some good news 🙂

According to their about section, they’ve been around since 1997, so I’m really surprised we haven’t heard of them till now!

“From its beginnings, the website has been a clearinghouse for the gathering and dissemination of positive news stories from around the globe, confirming what people already know — that good news itself is not in short supply; the broadcasting of it is.”

 

~ Via GoodNewsNetwork.org 

Net Neutrality

The FCC just announced its plan to slash net neutrality rules, allowing ISPs like Verizon to block apps, slow websites, and charge fees to control what you see & do online. They vote December 14th. But if Congress gets enough calls, *they* can stop the FCC.

“Anyone in other countries, this will affect you too. Other countries will see that it’s possible to get rid of Net Neutrality because US got rid of it, so vote to keep it to keep US and your Country safe!” ~ xIDew

Reddit thread with TONS of info: https://www.reddit.com/r/gaming/comme…

Contact your Representatives: https://resistbot.io/

Another Helpful Tool: https://democracy.io/

Find your Representative: https://www.house.gov/representatives…

Find your Senator: https://www.senate.gov/general/contac…

Contact the FCC: https://www.fcc.gov/about/contact

~ Via BattleForTheNet, Reddit /u/xIDew & Markiplier