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Bertelsmann, the largest media company in Europe, now openly opposes #Article13 and calls for rejection of the #copyright directive:…
Here’s what worries me: A sensible reaction to the increasing resistance to #Article13 from the entertainment sector would be to scrap it, at least for now, and take the time to seriously reconsider what this legislation is supposed to achieve and how it can strike a balance.
But of course, the resistance from media companies to #Article13 is not because they recognize the immense collateral damage it will have on fundamental rights and innovation.
Media companies like Bertelsmann are against #Article13 because it is *not extreme enough*. And it is perfectly possible that the reactions by the @EU_Commission, @AxelVossMdEP and the like will not be to reconsider if it’s a good idea, but to make it even *more* extreme.
And to those creators who still think that #Article13 is there to help them, look at what else Bertelsmann doesn’t like about the directive: Each and every tiny step to improve the economic situation of the actual authors. This is not a coincidence.
Bertelsmann is right: #Article13 as it is now will make the biggest companies more powerful & achieve the opposite of its stated goals. But giving in to rightholders’ demands will make it worse: Turn the Internet into cable TV. Bertelsmann would like that, they’re a TV company.
The @EU_Commission will never do the politically responsible thing and withdraw #Article13. It is time for checks and balances to kick in. Council has to refuse the backroom deal by Macron & Merkel. It’s not too late for @katarinabarley to remember the coalition agreement.
Neither will @AxelVossMdEP be responsible enough to defend the limits to rightsholders’ power the Parliament has put in place, including the small business exception. So we will have no choice but to take the responsibility and vote #Article13 down. #SaveYourInternet
Oh, it seems that several newspapers are talking about the Bertelsmann paper against #Article13 but have not published it. Here it is:… #SaveYourInternet
It should therefore not surprise anyone that Voss’ criticism of the French-German deal is copied almost verbatim from the Bertelsmann position paper:… #Article13 #SaveYourInternet
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