So, as you may have read, the European Parliament voted today as follows:
#Article13 (upload filters)
Passed: 366 for, 297 against
#Article 11 (link tax)
Passed: 393 for, 279 against
(They also banned people taking unofficial video or photos of sports events ⚽ 🚫 📸 )
So, close but not enough 😟
However, this was not the final vote. There will be more negotiations and a final vote in spring of 2019.
I would advise following Julia Reda, one of the good MEPs:
I don't think that would help :( The pro-filter MEPs already think the publishing industry is their best friend, attacking them would simply reinforce that view.
We need to vote them out of office, and support the anti-filter MEPs. The vote split the parliament down the middle, almost half the parliament voted against Art11 and Art13. The sports proposal passed by just one vote.
As I posted above, Julia Reda is one of the leading figures we need to back:
Most importantly, we need to (politely) get the unsure MEPs on our side. Many of them are not aware of how the internet works, and genuinely think fair filters are possible.
If they could be educated on the drawbacks, maybe the unsure ones might swing to our side.
It's quite possible that some MEPs voted to screw arrogant corporations like Google and Facebook and didn't stop to think about the practical implications of what they were doing on individual internet users and small online businesses.
@iona @switchingsocial @Jo This appeared to be the tone of the reaction to the first vote: "These people don't understand what we are trying to do. Can't they see we are trying to save journalism from the behemoth that is Facebook?" ie. zero reflection, no attempt to engage with the arguments. (Granted, copy and paste emails don't help people to engage.)
They're trying to preserve pre-internet media in a post-internet world.
They want this so much (in many cases their jobs depend on it), they're willing to believe anyone who claims it's possible, even if every expert says it isn't.
I don't know whether they will ever realise their mistake, or whether they will simply look for someone new to blame.
No one has any idea at all what the UK will do instead.
Considering Britain's much weaker negotiating position outside any trading blocs, it is likely that new trade deals will impose much worse terms than the UK currently enjoys. These could include e.g. the US wanting compulsory copyright protection through filters etc.
The UK will no longer have the leverage it had as part of the EU (or EFTA or the Empire before that). Britain will have to take whatever it can get.
It's not about being pathetic, it's about being part of a huge rich trading bloc.
The EU represents 450 million rich first world consumers, the US represents 330 million, so they both have enormous bargaining power.
The UK only has 65 million people, that's not even a quarter of what those blocs have. It simply isn't big enough to throw its weight around in the same way.
It's the same reason supermarket chains have much cheaper food than small independent shops.
@switchingsocial Shit, we can't let it through.
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