EU Copyright Directive Vote Sept. 12

It has come to my attention that the European Parliament intends to have another vote tomorrow regarding content uploaded to the internet. The first draft was voted down a couple of months ago. It would have made content hosting platforms like YouTube, imgur, social media sites, as well as blog hosts, I presume, responsible for policing their own content for copyright violations.

The biggest problem being that several place do this already. I’m specifically thinking of YouTube which has automated content recognition among other things. Unfortunately this has led to problems, mostly for people creating content.

Now, I’m not going to lie, I don’t follow or really understand the EU or European politics in general. Most days I’m not even sure I understand American politics. I’m only aware of this due to a post by reddit staff. It’s already afternoon for most of you I think, but I figured I would at least give you the chance to see what’s going on and contact your representative. There’s a post by Julia Reda, apparently a German MEP, that summarized the various proposals on the table, should you feel inclined to contact an official.

Narratess also provided a link in the comments to a post by Cory Doctorow discussing this in much greater detail than I have here.

I personally don’t like the idea of heavy-handed censorship and hope that this tends towards the lighter touch. Good luck over there guys, hopefully this works out well for everyone.

5 thoughts on “EU Copyright Directive Vote Sept. 12

    1. Thanks, I updated my post to include that link as well. This is really weird in a way. I feel like I’m not really entitled to an opinion here. I don’t even live on the same continent.

      There’s a voice in my head that constructed the headline “America meddles in European copyright vote!”


      1. Yeah, I felt obligated to post something. I worry about the ramifications of legislation like this. I absolutely believe that people and corporations have a right to enforce their IP rights. I just don’t think the more heavy handed approach is the best option.

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  1. The EU is obsessed with copyright, which it seems to believe was born immaculately from the brow of Madame Liberty, rather than having been invented by booksellers in the 18th Century as a means of protecting their monopoly.

    As a UK citizen I am opposed to my country’s decision to leave the EU but the EU is a deeply flawed institution and this is one of the areas where it’s most out of step with my own preferences, not to mention the modern world in general. I hope this fails again. If not, I almost hope the big tech companies respond by shutting their services off in the EU. That would be about the only way to demonstrate just how mad an idea the directive is. Bit like cutting your head off to cure a nosebleed, though…

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