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SOTT FOCUS: All Your Meme Are Belong to Us: EU Plans ‘European Firewall’ to End Free Internet

SOTT FOCUS: All Your Meme Are Belong to Us: EU Plans ‘European Firewall’ to End Free Internet

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At a time when its legitimacy is being questioned by most Europeans, the EU Commission is certainly not making any friends with its latest version of a ‘Copyright Directive’ which displays remarkable contempt for the public and the public interest groups whose objections it supposedly took into account when redrafting the copyright reform legislation. Last week a ‘final draft’ was agreed by both the German and French governments. The main matter of contention was whether to allow an exemption for small businesses under Article 13. France said no; Germany yes. In the end Germany caved and agreed to amendments which would crush small platforms in favor of US Big Tech. Gee, thanks Merkel. Incredibly, that was the only point France and Germany had any disagreement over – considering that the rest of Article 13, as well as Article 11, are draconian and entirely miss the ostensible reason of achieving fair protections and compensation for content-creators of copyrighted works. Although…
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