Europe is heading for its second showdown over a sweeping overhaul of copyright rules for the internet age. In the midst of a lobbying battle that pits tech giants like Google and Facebook against publishers, record companies and media groups, the European Parliament will vote around midday Wednesday on whether or not to impose new restrictions on how online platforms monitor uploaded content for potential infringements. A previous version of the reform was rejected in July. At stake in the vote — which focuses on two particularly sensitive articles — is nothing less than the future shape of the internet economy. The outcome is set to determine how artists are paid for their work once it’s been uploaded onto platforms such as YouTube, as well as determining the relationship between media giants and online news aggregators like Google News. Originally intended to address relationships between businesses online, the copyright reform has become the focus of an often … [Read more...] about Europe braces for second copyright showdown
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Do you upload memes and, if so, do you do it more than you should, especially when you are at work or when you should be paying attention to your spouse/partner/parent/child/best friend? If so, you might be interested to know that your annoying, obsessive habit has become a key battlefield between the so-called tech giants (Google, Facebook, Twitter) and the publishing industry. The trouble with memes is that they may contain copyright material. (For anyone of my generation or older who needs help, memes are those silly jokes — cat pictures, cartoons, mash-up images — that get circulated virally on the internet.) Sometimes they incorporate imagery, words or music created for a commercial purpose. The right to reproduce those images, words or music ultimately belongs to an artist or a publishing organisation and the protection of that right has become the subject of the row. The tech tractor giants have made hay with intellectual property rights while the field mice … [Read more...] about Carl Mortished: Copyright, memes and even more muddied waters
A WHOLE Lotta Led Zeppelin could be coming to the West End. By Sam Myers / Published 7th July 2018 Dave Nelson Robert Plant at the 2018 Silver Cleft awards at Grovesnor House Park Lane, London Robert Plant hinted that the rock legends are working on a stage show and movie with Hollywood funnyman Jack Black.Plant, who was honoured with The Outstanding Achievement award at yesterday’s Silver Clefs, explained: “I have very funny ideas that I’ll keep under wraps. I’ve been talking to Jack Black.”Getting Black, who made the brilliant movie School Of Rock, involved would create one of the more unusual rock star musicals. A little cagey, Plant continued: “There’s been some very funny rock ‘n’ roll fi lms over the years.“It’s all about something that happened (in the band). (We) sort of gave up 38 years ago so whatever we go back to that’s kinda where we left off as a real entity.” Related articles Sir … [Read more...] about It’s Led Zep the musical
Will the EU copyright reform being voted on this week break the internet? Sam Dumitriu, head of projects at the Adam Smith Institute, says YES. The EU’s new Copyright Directive is anti-competition, anti-innovation, and anti- free speech. It requires online platforms to develop complex and expensive filtering systems to monitor and delete copyrighted content. If they fail to do so, they will be hit with massive fines. The law effectively bans memes, as even the best filtering systems will struggle to distinguish between the unauthorised use of a stock photo and a great meme. Rather than protect creators, this law will stifle them. And it doesn’t just apply to big tech – any site that lets users post content is threatened too. Mumsnet, JustGiving, and City A.M. will all have to install new filter systems. The tech giants may have the budget to develop new filters, but smaller firms don’t. The EU has promised to include a right to challenge platforms that take down … [Read more...] about DEBATE: Will the EU copyright reform being voted on this week ‘break the internet’?
Pricing Snippets EU lawmakers are about to make a landmark decision on copyright reforms that some critics see as an assault on the internet. Published on June 20, 2018 2:43 pm A battle is raging between Google and traditional media outlets over copyright for news content and it will likely enter a decisive phase today. The legal affairs committee of the European Parliament this morning approved a draft set of rules that critics see as a dangerous encroachment on the flow of online information. The crux of the issue is whether Internet giants, like Google, YouTube and Facebook, should be allowed to earn money with third-party content, and whether they must give the authors their fair share of revenue, or be held liable if the content distributed via their platforms infringes on copyright. EU member states last month endorsed the new rules that would force search engines to pay for showing snippets of news and would make websites like YouTube obtain a license from rights … [Read more...] about EU copyright decision could change the Internet’s sharing culture