New EU copyright laws could seriously curb free expression and "open source" material.

And therein lies the problem. In the 21st century, people communicate via forums and message boards as a normal means of communication, helping out and for the spreading of ideas.
Indeed for good or bad the internet is the public square, and becoming more so regardless of our personal thoughts, unlike a public square though it can be removed, quietly from the shadows.
Seems that Brussels is bimbling along another road paved with good intentions that inevitably and ultimately leads down a blind alley with some new copyright laws that we're likely to fold into our own law despite in all likelihood being out of the EU when it comes into the effect.

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I can see a lot of content (like ArRSe, perhaps?) giving up as the implementations prove too costly or time-consuming, and/or lawsuits mount up.

A reasonably plain description of the bone of contention and a handy petition link for the protest-minded:-
Save the Internet
VPN is for winners.
That is irrelevant if the site is hosted or run from an EU country.
It is the site that has to pay the bills and obey the censorship legislaton.
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It’s a good job that the DUP dont want Northern Ireland treated differently.......well except for the obvious differences and the defamation libel laws one which was kept quiet.
@NSP How many forum blogs or media sharing sites like Youtube, will survive. Big media will of course pony up some money, it works in there interest to see Alt Media pushed off. add to that the cash and time limit bounds and well...
YouTube is big media - it's owned by Google. Google, Faceache, etc. will just close their European offices (and maybe their data centres - Faceache has big one in Scotland, I think) if there's no point to them in the EU anymore, and that'll be even less tax they pay in Europe.

Just look at this forum here I cannot see it being financially viable for Good and Bad CO's to continue once this is brought into law.
Maybe best to ask @Good CO and @Bad CO about it rather than me. I'm sure they're contingency planning down at ArRSe HQ if needs be.
Having to move to the dark net is evading the issue, and do you think that Authoritarians will let that slide... For the good of the children or such like.
The dark side will be next on the list once they've eviscerated the ordinary bit.

Nice error 404 protest sign. Clever.

"Some opponents of the controversial regulation even claim that it would mean the end of the internet as it currently exists. To MEP Axel Voss, of Germany's conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU) — Chancellor Angela Merkel's party — this all seems like a gross exaggeration. Voss is the rapporteur who set out the copyright reform proposed by the European Commission to the European Parliament. He has defended the draft bill in numerous interviews, stating that its intention is not to curtail freedom of opinion."

"Quotations, satire and even reputedly memes, he says, will still exist. The goal of the reform is not to introduce an "upload filter," Voss told German radio Deutschlandfunk Nova, but rather to ensure that artists whose works are being used are fairly compensated: "The aim is to tell the platforms: You can use your business model, but you have to reimburse fairly too." Flat rate payments through the platforms are also a possibility, he said."

"Voss, meanwhile, has received death threats online, and his office in Bonn also received a bomb threat."

European Parliament to vote on controversial copyright reform | DW | 26.03.2019
"It emerged last weekend that the Conservative Government is planning a new “Ofweb” regulator – an iPlod. The new regulator would have the power to enforce a strict online harm code of conduct, and levy huge fines on social media companies, web forums such as ArRSe, and even media websites like The Times and Telegraph which have comments sections. This is press regulation by the back door. It would create extraordinary system of censorship by giving the state the power to decide what we can view online. "
The EU's censorious copyright directive will create two internets - CapX
There is a good article on the new regs and their possible impact by the Electronic Frontier Foundation

As the EU advances the new Copyright Directive towards becoming law in its 28 member-states, it's important to realise that the EU's plan will end up censoring the Internet for everyone, not just Europeans.

A quick refresher: Under Article 13 of the new Copyright Directive, anyone who operates a (sufficiently large) platform where people can post works that might be copyrighted (like text, pictures, videos, code, games, audio etc) will have to crowdsource a database of "copyrighted works" that users aren't allowed to post, and block anything that seems to match one of the database entries.

These blacklist databases will be open to all comers (after all, anyone can create a copyrighted work): that means that billions of people around the world will be able to submit anything to the blacklists, without having to prove that they hold the copyright to their submissions (or, for that matter, that their submissions are copyrighted). The Directive does not specify any punishment for making false claims to a copyright, and a platform that decided to block someone for making repeated fake claims would run the risk of being liable to the abuser if a user posts a work to which the abuser does own the rights.

The major targets of this censorship plan are the social media platforms, and it's the "social" that should give us all pause.

That's because the currency of social media is social interaction between users. I post something, you reply, a third person chimes in, I reply again, and so on.
YouTube already has a copyright filter, and there are plenty of examples of over-censorship. Copyright trolls are a big problem, especially for the little platforms and little producers that can't afford to fight them. (They pretend to own copyrights in order to steal the ad revenue). Want to do over a competitor? Submit fake copyright ownership claims for their content and see them frozen out of the market.

With regard to open source coding, what if someone claimed copyright over one of the many .lib files that all code refer to in the background? Then watch as filters start blocking code execution and websites go down.

Wikipedia is protesting the link tax bit, although the Directive does try to rule them out of scope.

The best bit is that it's a directive, not a regulation, so that means each member state has to implement a version of it in domestic law. So that means potentially 28 different versions of the law (it was hotly contested by member states, some wanted it even more stringent, others fought it, UK was in the middle), which will be a nightmare for companies to comply with.
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