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Old 7th November 2015, 18:13   #1  |  Link
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Europe is going to make unlicensed hyperlinks a copyright violation

The European Commission and several European state governments tried to rescue obsolete business models, especially used by newspaper publishing houses, by abusing an obsolete copyright law; one of the more famous fails, despite being kept out of the news widely, was the collecting society "VG Media" trying to make Google pay for news snippets of assitiated publishers in their search engine.

So the "Ancillary Copyright Zombies" of the European Commission, first at all the technically incompetent "European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society" GŁnther Oettinger (already notorious for quoting lobbyist statements in lack of an own opinion while destroying net neutrality, e.g. "autonomous cars need permanent internet connection, thus requires privileged special services"), renews plans to declare unlicensed hyperlinks as copyright violation.

This sounds familiar, such kind of plans have already been discussed and denied before, due to the risk of criminalizing the whole internet as we know it. But European Commissioners don't need common sense, only greed...

Julia Reda, member of the Pirates party, reported in her blog: Ancillary Copyright 2.0: The European Commission is preparing a frontal attack on the hyperlink


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