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How the copyright directive changed my view of the EU: Confessions of a hurt ‐ but not defeated ‐ Europeanist
2019-05-24
[Medium] Long read, but here's the short version:

The events that led to the approval of the copyright directive highlight some big issues in how the EU currently works.

* Credibility. The European Commission commissioned a report and kept it secret because it concluded that "the results do not show robust statistical evidence of displacement of sales by online copyright infringements".

* Evidence-based policy. The Commission ignored another report commissioned by the Parliament that found "nearly universal criticism" by European academics against the introduction of extra copyright for news sites.

* Technical expertise. The rapporteur of the directive for the European Parliament said that "a Google image search for "memes" displays a bunch of memes, so [parody] can be recognized [by AI-based upload filters]".

* No consideration for experts and activists. Criticism and massive protests were dismissed as manipulated by tech giants such as Google and Facebook. This attitude was not limited to representatives in EU institutions, but also journalists.

* France and Germany misused their influence to push for an ideological, non evidence-based, freedom-threatening reform.

* Conclusion. As a convinced Europeanist, the writer felt betrayed. In his opinion, this means we need to vote for radical pan-European parties that want to change Europe with radical and ambitious proposals based both on the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union and on scientific evidence.
Posted by: Herb McCoy

#3  Hurt but butt hurt
Posted by: M. Murcek   2019-05-24 09:17  

#2  The conclusion the writer reached was to further spiral down into radical Pan-Europeanism ?

Hurt but not defeated, yeah. Sort of like a smoker starts smoking more cigs when diagnosed with cancer.
Posted by: Dron66046   2019-05-24 06:21  

#1  Increasing Copyright (and every other kind of) rent-seeking is the backbone of the neo-feudalist's plan
Posted by: Bright Pebbles   2019-05-24 05:31  

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