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Today is a challenge - on and off for the next 12 hours, now that the GDPR dust is settling, I am going to try and Tweet about nothing but the #EUCopyrightDirective - BECAUSE, YE GODS, YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THIS:…

HT @mmasnick CC @OpenRightsGroup
If you want a video about how YOU should demand that the EU #DeleteArt13 of the #EUCopyrightDirective, maybe start with this one:
If you would like an authoritative voice regards why we YOU need to act to get the EU to #DeleteArt13 - to avoid the Internet and Web being swamped with a "Link Tax", here is the perspective of German Euro-MP, Julia Reda:…
«The German government is standing in the way of an agreement over which kinds of snippets of news content should fall under the “link tax” and thus become subject to a fee when shared» #DeleteArt13
They insist that whether a snippet constitutes an original intellectual creation by its author or not should not be a criteria.

To appease them, the Presidency is proposing that every country should just decide for themselves.
» #DeleteArt13
Sharing “insubstantial” parts of an article should remain free, but member states get to choose whether that means snippets that lack creativity, or snippets that have “no independent economic significance”, whatever length that may be – or both (Recital 34a).
» #DeleteArt13
Of course, this fundamentally contradicts the aim to create a Digital Single Market with common rules, which is right there in the title of the planned law. Instead of one Europe-wide law, we’d have 28, with the most extreme becoming the de-facto standard
» #DeleteArt13
To avoid being sued, international internet platforms would be motivated to comply with the strictest version implemented by any member state.

It also remains open whether simple links will be affected, because they almost always contain the title of the linked-to page.
it’s not obvious that an article’s title counts as “insubstantial”. Get ready for drawn-out court cases and years of legal uncertainty around hyperlinks if this version of the text becomes the law.
» #DeleteArt13
Do you want a filtered internet? Because this is how you get a filtered internet: #DeleteArt13…
Let's go back to @mmasnick: «companies like #Github have already talked about how this could effectively destroy its ability to operate, and […] Any kind of forum site would be at serious risk. #Reddit, Pinterest, Twitch, Imgur, Wordpress, Medium, Vimeo»…
We've seen from #GDPR that sometimes, for a website facing burdensome regulation from the EU, the best strategy is just to shut off service* - so let's look at that list again:


They're kinda popular…
*<insert radicals screaming "but you can't be compliant that way!" — whatever, guys, I'm sure they'll cite your. opinion in the CEO's extradition notice…>
Hey! Coders! See this blogpost from @github about why they EU needs to #DeleteArt13 of the EU Copyright Directive.

CONTINUING THREAD: « Article 13 could "destroy the internet as we know it": What is it, why is it controversial and what will it mean for memes? »… #DeleteArt13
One of the most interesting (and encouraging) things is how opposition to Article13 cuts right across the political spectrum, demonstrating how it risks all forms of free communication and fair use on the Internet:
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