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‘Dark day for internet freedom’: EU lawmakers approve controversial copyright reform

rt.com
26 March 2019
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A protester in front of the European Parliament as MEPs debate on modifications to EU copyright reforms in Strasbourg. © Reuters

The European Parliament has voted to adopt the highly controversial Article 13 provision which would govern the production and distribution of content online under the auspices of increasing copyright protections.

Tuesday’s move will update the EU’s 20-year-old copyright rules and will govern audiovisual content, much to the dismay of many social media users who have already begun outpouring their grief online.

However the parliament said in a statement that sharing memes and gifs has been protected “even more than it was before” and they will continue to be available and shareable on online platforms.

MEPs passed the legislation by 348 votes to 274 Tuesday. Opponents had hoped for last-minute amendments to be made but their efforts were in vain.View image on Twitter

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Julia Reda@Senficon

Dark day for internet freedom: The @Europarl_EN has rubber-stamped copyright reform including #Article13 and #Article11. MEPs refused to even consider amendments. The results of the final vote: 348 in favor, 274 against #SaveYourInternet12.6K12:53 AM – Mar 27, 201910.8K people are talking about thisTwitter Ads info and privacy

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European Parliament adopted the text and we did not have a chance to vote on articles 11&13 again. 4 votes difference on allowing for the amendments to be voted. New controversial copyright law underway for Europe Marietje Schaake@MarietjeSchaakeReady to roll #copyright vote 13312:54 AM – Mar 27, 2019Twitter Ads info and privacy156 people are talking about this

Mark Di Stefano @MarkDiStef

Just in: Memes are now illegalAdam Fleming@adamflemingThe European Parliament has passed the EU’s new Copyright Directive.46112:53 AM – Mar 27, 2019Twitter Ads info and privacy359 people are talking about this

Julia Reda, a German MEP with the Pirate Party, described it as a “dark day for internet freedom.”

Article 13 or ‘The Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market’ makes all platforms legally responsible for the content hosted and shared on their platforms.

The process of updating the bloc’s copyright laws began in the European Commission two years ago, ostensibly to protect Europe’s publishers, broadcasters and artists and guarantee fair compensation from big tech companies.

EU member states now have two years to pass their own laws putting Article 13 into effect.

What is Article 13? Controversial EU copyright law faces final vote

The law will require anyone sharing copyrighted content to obtain permission from rights owners, even if the content is just an animated GIF on Twitter. To protect their platforms from legal trouble, sites such as Facebook and Wikipedia will now be forced to implement “upload filters” to ensure that user-generated content doesn’t violate copyright.

Expensive to implement, vulnerable to bugs, and prone to inadvertently censoring lawful content, such filters have been slammed by critics as an existential threat to free expression on the internet.

Tens of thousands marched in protest across Germany ahead of the vote, decrying what they viewed as severe online censorship.

Tech giant Google said that while the directive is “improved” it will still lead to legal uncertainty and will damage Europe’s creative and digital economies.

Critics have argued that the only way for Article 13 to be effectively enforced would be through the use of upload filters which automatically check content to see if it’s copyrighted or not, at least in theory. However, the exact mechanics of such a system have yet to be fully debated and the potential for abuse is immediately clear.

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Poland stands with Hungary against EU and will veto any sanctions against the country

Voice of Europe
13 September 2018
Laura Cat

Poland’s foreign ministry in Warsaw has noted it’s “concern” over Wednesday’s decision by Euro deputies to trigger a punitive procedure against Hungary citing [trumped up]accusations of flouting EU rules on democracy, civil rights and corruption.

The country announced it stands with Hungary against the EU and will veto any sanctions against its ideological ally. The foreign ministry said it “has noted with concern [Wednesday’s] decision of the European Parliament supporting the motion to trigger Art. 7.1 of the Treaty on European Union against Hungary.”

Adding: “Each EU Member State has a sovereign right to carry out the internal reforms that it considers appropriate.”

The European Commission took the step of triggering Article 7 of the EU Treaty against Poland in December. At that time, Hungarian Deputy Prime Minister Zsolt Semjen pledged his country’s defence of Poland against the “unjust” and “political” measures by the EU, stating that it was unacceptable for Brussels to put pressure on sovereign EU member states, arbitrarily punishing democratically elected governments.

The Polish foreign ministry said after yesterday’s vote, “measures taken against Member States lead only to the deepening of divisions within the European Union, by increasing the current distrust of citizens in European institutions.”

Yesterday’s vote was deemed successful to trigger Article 7, however, there have been several challenges to the legality of it. Article 354 TFEU says that Article 7 requires two-thirds “of the votes cast”, therefore not including abstainers. The results of the vote were: 448 Yes; 197 No; 48 Abstain. Without the abstainers, it is clearly NOT two-thirds in favour of enacting Article 7 against Hungary.

Zoltan Kovacs, Government Spokesman, Cabinet Office of the Prime Minister of Hungary, said in a tweet: “It’s called FRAUD. EU Treaty clear about voting rules: requires 2/3 of all present. Do the math: 448 Yes; 197 No; 48 Abstain. That ain’t 2/3.

Irony? Pro-migration MEPs bashing Hungary for allegedly violating the rule of law resort to violating the rule of law to pass resolution.”

Poland’s foreign ministry has said in a statement posted on its website that Poland will “vote against any possible sanctions” that could be “imposed on Hungary within … European institutions”.

Stay Strong Poland, Hungarians and Czech Republic

Czechs, Hungarians, and Poles have one month to start taking migrants

Avramopoulos (r) talking to migrants in 2015. ‘We are no longer in the same crisis situation as we were two years ago’ (Photo: European Commission)

The European Commission has given the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland one month to change their minds on participating in the EU’s migrant relocation scheme.

“There is still time to change everything and come back to normality,” said EU migration commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos on Wednesday (26 July).

Refugee that are not Refugee

Source:Eco Liberty
Date: 15 June 2017
Author: Matthew Miller
Hello there I decide to write about the refugee crisis which took me a long time to get my head about this topic. As I watch the mainstream news about the refugee and migrant crisis I see some woman and child just try to make it like a refugee. As I did more research about the refugee and migrant crisis, watch youtube video about the refugee and migrant crisis. Why you should not believe in the mainstream media when they talk about the refugee crisis and there is many reason why.
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TTIP – a threat to our food standards?

Main Source:Jamie Oliver
Date: 28 October 2015
Author: Daniel Nowland

Something has been rumbling on behind closed doors, with the potential to seriously harm standards of farming and food production across Britain and Europe. Most people remain unaware of the risks and have not been given the chance to vote on the proposal. It’s called the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, or TTIP for short.

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The EU Is About Control, Not Free Trade

Date: 30 June 2016
Author: Sascha Klocke

On Tuesday, during a somewhat raucous session of the European parliament, Nigel Farage gave his post-Brexit “victory speech”. Besides his trademark taunting of his pro-EU colleagues, Mr Farage made an important point, suggesting:

Why don’t we be grown up, pragmatic, sensible, realistic and let’s cut between us a sensible tariff-free deal and thereafter recognise that the United Kingdom will be your friend, that we will trade with you, cooperate with you, we will be your best friends in the world.

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Brexit fallout may tear both UK and EU apart – Ken Livingstone

The UK vote to leave the European Union came as a shocking surprise to the British establishment, with Prime Minister Cameron announcing he’ll step down from his post. Meanwhile the UK decision is emboldening continental Euroskeptics to demand similar referendums from their governments. How will London go about parting ways with the EU? Who will reap the benefits of that decision – and are there any to reap? Sophie Shevardnadze asks former mayor of London and Labour party veteran Ken Livingstone.

World stunned as BREXIT appears to have achieved HUGE WIN… massive voter revolt may have finally outpaced Big Government ballot box fraud

Date: 24 June 2016
Author: Mike Adams, the Health Ranger

Good News for British

(NaturalNews) This might just be the most shocking news of the decade (so far), and I only cover it here on Natural News because it has paradigm-shattering implications for economies, nations and the very future of human civilization. According to published media results so far, the BREXIT vote appears to have won a referendum victory that all of us at Natural News had hoped for (but we also thought would be rigged from the start to defeat BREXIT). Continue reading World stunned as BREXIT appears to have achieved HUGE WIN… massive voter revolt may have finally outpaced Big Government ballot box fraud