The is voting on 20th June on changes to the .

would mean automated content filters (like YouTube uses) on all sites. Large corporations would be able to censor and spy on all internet content, because they would be running the filters on behalf of smaller sites:

Call/email your MEP *today* to say no to Article 13, especially if they're on this list of committee members:


We already know that automated content filters don't work. They put absolute power over content in the hands of a system that is opaque and broken.

A couple of days ago YouTube took down all of the Blender Foundation's videos from the Blender Foundation's channel due to a copyright claim by... the Blender Foundation.

The BF is an official YT partner, but days later they still cannot get a straight answer from YT about what is going on:

The further irony is that Blender Foundation's videos were all licensed under Creative Commons, so BF had already given permission for anyone to share their videos anywhere.

BF have no idea why YouTube decided to suddenly take the videos down, or why YT refuses to fix the problem even though they know about it.

It's now Day 4 of Blender's videos being taken down by YouTube's content filter without explanation.

YT/Google has total control over who sees Blender's content, and there is no way for Blender to do anything about this.

would mean automated content filters like this across the whole internet, controlled by large corporations.

Don't let this happen. Please PLEASE call/email your MEP to reject today. The vote is tomorrow.


No one knows. YouTube (and Google) have a track record of taking things down without explanation, and there's no practical way to force them to explain their decisions.

If Article 13 is adopted, this kind of thing will start to be seen across the entire internet.

@switchingsocial @dtluna time to leave the internet and use alternate networks and/or anonymity overlay networks
@wowaname @switchingsocial
There are no political solutions, there are only technological solutions.

@dtluna @wowaname

Laws make a difference, and we can affect laws by contacting our representatives.

If you're in Europe, you can find out how to do that in the original post of this thread.

@dtluna @wowaname

Corporate money clearly affects who gets elected, but so do votes.

One of the main campaigners against Article 13 is a Pirate Party MEP. She got elected because enough people voted for her:

@switchingsocial @wowaname
I will never participate in the circus of violence that is politics. It's stupid. You're a sheeple of you do.

@dtluna @wowaname

That's your right and your choice, but it means you will never have an effect on election results.

@switchingsocial @wowaname
And I do not want to have an effect on these results. They are all illegitimate anyway. You do not have a right to vote whether someone's rights are to be violated.
@switchingsocial @wowaname @dtluna you won't anyway, as long as the two party system is still in play.
@switchingsocial you're on fedi instead of twitter so surely you understand the importance of decentralisation. surely you should also support forming alternatives to the internet that are more secure and use more modern technology, since the internet is full of outdated unsuitable standards and protocols


I don't know enough about alternative networks to have an opinion.

@switchingsocial tor, i2p, cjdns, anonet, yggdrasil – good to know software

also meshnet communities and hobbyists would be glad to tell you benefits compared to the internet
@switchingsocial @dtluna im not euro but i RTed to let others know

still, we NEED to switch over to community-controlled networks for a plethora of reasons. it's the only way to go forward with technology. so you may as well pose it as a suggestion in case art.13 passes

@switchingsocial ... And MIT OpenCourseWare is also licensed under Creative Commons (Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0).

This is the most recent thing they have to say about the problem:

Don't upload on #youtube and stop sending your users there. Well, @Nextcloud is working, ..., okay with Videos, including commenting and #federation .
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