How We Can Kill #Article13 #SaveYourInternet…

Date: June 30, 2018

01) How We Can Kill #Article13 #SaveYourInternet

“UKIP have provided us a concrete plan to stop Article 11 and Article 13 from destroying the internet. It’s time to fight for our memes.

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6 thoughts on “How We Can Kill #Article13 #SaveYourInternet…

  1. feinmann0

    Response received from Margot Parker, MEP

    Thank you for your email.

    Article 13 of the Copyright Directive is a major concern as it will impose privatised censorship of all types of content and it is incompatible with fundamental rights and the E-commerce Directive.
    Additionally it will prevent the availability of content before it is uploaded; it could cost you money in a stealth tax and if this tax is not paid then your content probably will not be uploaded. There are further concerns in that it is technically infeasible as it covers all sorts of creations ranging from literary works, music, software, pictures and graphics just to name a few.

    In light of the consequences that this Article will cause to freedom of expression, independent creators and discouraging investment in user-generated content start up, I will not be supporting this.

    Yours faithfully

  2. feinmann0

    Response received from Stuart Agnew, MEP

    Thank you for your e-mail regarding Article 13 of the proposed new EU copyright regulations.

    My first principle as a UKIP MEP, is that I do not encourage the European Commission to create any more legislation which would be binding over British citizens. After twice being elected on a platform of withdrawal from the EU and campaigning vigorously for Brexit in the referendum campaign in 2016, I have no mandate to do so. Therefore, I cannot support these new proposals, particularly when they are likely to be as damaging as you suggest. The EU has for many years sort to control the internet and UKIP MEPs have consistently opposed it. This may be another attempt to exert control.

    I understand that this legislation is due in Plenary session next month, when all the MEPs will be entitled to vote, not just those on the JURI Committee. You may rest assured that I will be voting against it!

    This kind of draconian legislation is one of the many reasons I have been campaigning for so many years for Brexit. Bear in mind that the unelected European Commission is the sole initiator of new EU legislation and the poodle European Parliament is overwhelmingly populated by EU enthusiast MEPs, many of whom are from countries which are net recipients of EU funding (i.e. taxpayers money). Therefore, they are very reluctant to bite the hand that feeds them and may just nod this legislation through. In effect, the EU buys their support with our money! All of this means that we must not listen to the siren voices in UK politics who are currently clamouring for us to ignore the result of the referendum and remain in the EU, leaving ourselves ever vulnerable to more heavy-handed legislation like this, over which we have no control.

    For information; I normally vote against EU legislation but will occasionally abstain on emotional issues or where I receive a particularly large number of emails and letters from my constituents. However, I do vote in favour of amendments that improve legislation or limit the power of the Commission, even if I cannot support the legislation in the final vote.


  3. feinmann0

    Response received from Alex Mayer, MEP (Labour)

    Thank you for your email about the proposed Copyright Directive. I have received many emails from constituents telling me of their concerns about this draft legislation, in particular Articles 11 and 13.

    It is my general view that legislation should try to avoid putting unnecessary and unaffordable burdens on citizens and I am concerned that while the bigger platforms may be able to afford content ID technology, smaller ones will not.

    The monitoring obligations that would be implemented on citizens throughout the EU is also a red line for Labour MEPs. One of my colleagues, Labour MEP Catherine Stihler, has written to the European Data Protection Supervisor about this and she is hopeful of a response shortly.

    On article 11 specifically, when a similar version was adopted in both Germany and Spain – there were some criticisms with many saying that it achieved the opposite objective to what it was aiming to do. Instead of helping journalists, it resulted in larger publications benefiting from the new publishers right. I would be concerned if the legislation were to result in a boost of support for big press publishers, whilst seeing the rights of artists, creators and software developers remain unimproved.

    Labour MEPs will be discussing this matter further over the next few days including with Tom Watson MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

    Once again thank you for getting in touch.

    Kind regards.


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