What you need to know about ACTA 2

The Copyright Directive in the Digital Single Market has many names on the Internet. Here are some of them: #CopyrightDirective, #SaveYourInternet, #SaveTheInternet, # Article11, # Article13, #UploadFilters, #LinkTax, #Filternet, #CensorshipMachines. We call it “ACTA 2”, because ACTA in the online community is a synonym of an attempt to legalize censorship of the Internet. The directive was supposed to update the copyright protection regulations to help the creators. Unfortunately, the legislators went a different path and prepared legal solutions that would destroy the Internet as we know it. #ACTA2 will force the EU to create an AI super infrastructure that will automatically censor online content before it will be posted. Each portal and application (desktop or mobile) will need to be connected to it avoid the economic risk of being financially liable for a post or comment (even by comming from an anonymous user) of protected content.

Today, this infrastructure will be used to protect copyrights in a radicle way. Unfortunately, ACTA 2 not only enforces the creation of censorship infrastructure, it also introduces a precedent to the European legal system, allowing for preventive censorship of content. Because of this tomorrow, this infrastructure and legal precedent will be used to censor moral content. Already, the European Commission is preparing legal solutions in forms of different directives that will use ACTA2 to censor content about organizations considered to be “radical”. Recently popular topic in the EU is hate speech and “fake news”. Right now there are ideas of “filtering”, and blocking of this type of content aswell.

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If ACTA2 comes into force, it can be used to filter and block (censor) any type of content in the EU. From that moment, there will be no way back.

#Article11

Article 11 – the #linktax is an effort of corporate lobbing. It gives extra copyrights to press, requiring a license from the publisher for anyone who would like to use even the shortest fragment from a press relies or an article – this also refers to link snippets (the title, description and picture in a link). In effect Article 11 will kill all independent media and online polemic.

#Article13

Article 13 – the #uploadfilters dumps the responsibility for posts & comments from the authors to the owners of the websites. It offers a tool to help the owners of website to filter the content – a filtering IT infrastructure that all website will need to connect to. This filter will censor all content which will consider that violate copyrights before the post or comment will go public.

Why is ACTA 2 so dangerous?

The temptation is great with such power. The infrastructure once operative, can be used to filter and block any kind of content the powers controlling it choose too and there will be no going back. YES! Today’s copyright laws aren’t great. YES! they need a change. But a change for the better and ACTA2 is a change leading to an authoritarian system.

WHAT CAN I DO TO STOP IT?

Sign the petition

Join the protests on 23.03.2019

Our #stopACTA2 Discord channel

#stopACTA2 and Save Your Internet – European Day of Protests on 23 March 2019

I’m a creator should ACTA 2 & Article 13 make me worried?

Streamer

Many aspects of activity on YT will change completely, and even DEGRADATE, as soon as this dangerous law comes into force … Forget about sharing music if youe haven’t  purchased copyright licenses. Don’t count on sharing third-party materials or other authors’ sources, even if you only use their works as a quote! Silly matter like placing links in the description of a movie – be it source texts or other materials on the web that cover the same subject – will now become a melody of the past. Your channel will be barren, it will loose the interest, and as a result  sooner or later it will disappear from YT.

 

Editor

Articles 11 and 13 will directly affect your business. Article 11 will force you to purchase licenses enabling the sharing (linking) of materials from specific publishers. Only the largest players with huge capital will be able to buy these licenses. THE LINK TAX WILL KILL MOST PORTALS ON THE INTERNET! Article 13 will oblige you to assess the legality of the materials published by you and users  of your site. The cost of filtering machines will decide whether copyright is infringed. PORTALS WILL END THERE ACTIVITIES, AND TRUE CENSURSHIP WILL REIGN THE INTERNET!

Musician

ACTA2 will change the way you promote. It will change the way you can use the samples. Think of it? If there will be no independent portals how will the world ever know that you exist? You will be dependent on the will of the biggest players and you’ll have nothing to say. The internet will turn in to a giant record company and the same thing that stopped our ancestors from promotion will now be stopping you. Oh and there’s a catch – the celebrities will be safe. Safe from the young blood so they won’t need to worry about their future.  The quality of music will depredate

ACTA2 Time table

  • 20th June 2018 - Vote of the Legal council JURI of the European Parliament - [passed]
  • 5th July 2018 (rejected): Parliament votes on the negotiation mandate
  • 12 September 2018 (passed): The Parliament gets a debate and a final vote on the issue before sending the dossier to the individual member states for a final decision. - [passed]
  • 13 December 2018: Trilogue negotiations between the European Commission, The Council of the European Union and the European Parliament - [passed]
  • 8 February 2019: Vote of the Council of the European Union - [passed]
  • 14 February 2019 :Vote of the Legal council JURI of the European Parliament - [passed]
  • 23 March 2019: European Wide Action Day - Protests all over Europe against #ACTA2
  • 25 March 2019: Final vote on the issue in the European Parliament

EP – 12 September 2018 vote on ACTA2

MEP'S In favor for #ACTA2
58%
MEP'S obcjected #ACTA2
30%
. . . . . . . . . . MEP'S abstained from vote
5%
. . . . . . . . . . MEP'S absent
6%

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