On June 20, the European Parliament will set in motion a process that could force online platforms like Facebook, Reddit and even 4chan to censor their users’ content before it ever gets online.
A proposed new European copyright law wants large websites to use “content recognition technologies” to scan for copyrighted videos, music, photos, text and code in a move that that could impact everyone from the open source software community to remixers, livestreamers and teenage meme creators.
Anybody who has ever had any dealings with YouTube’s Content ID system will know just how terrible of an idea this is.
Everyone made fun and derieded those that said “just block the EU” when they started with the data collection rules, they don’t look so crazy now huh?
One thing that is true of politicians EVERYWHERE is “you give ’em an inch, they’ll take a mile” and as they add more and more insanity its gonna quickly become cheaper to just black hole the EU than it is to jump through their ever more flaming hoops.