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My normal focus is U.S. storytelling, with Net Neutrality here an issue requiring me to speak up, but the EU is taking action tomorrow that will affect the internet and copyright -- which is already messed up enough. The EU will massively harm small publishers, new startups, and creators, including storytellers, across the world if they succeed.
Please go to https://savethelink.org/tweet-your-mep-saveyourinternet?src=162723#... for more information and the way to Tweet or email the 9 Members of the European Parliament who are all that stands in the way of the most drastic upheaval to the Internet and Copyright in its history.
If it helps you write a response, this is the message I sent each of them. Feel free to adapt it.
Subject: Storytellers say Censoring Links Will Break the Internet
For freedom of expression, and for independent creators, small publishers and startups, please use your JURI vote to #SaveYourInternet.
I work as assistant administrator to Professional Storyteller and know this is important for storytellers throughout the E.U. including your own countries. My own blog often requires
After I posted this I wondered if I shouldn't have made it a blog post here since the matter was soon to be decided. As one storyteller, however, pointed out when I also sounded the alarm on Storytell, the email list hosted by the National Storytelling Network at Storytell listserv, "Suffice it to say that, regardless of the voting results, the topic will be far from over."
He was correct. The vote went through and now is up to the EU Parliament https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2018/jun/20/eu-votes-for-cop..., requiring platforms like Google and Microsoft to install filters.
A related email just yesterday about clarification of Public Domain mentioned a case where Project Gutenberg posted 3 authors in the Public Domain in the U.S., but not in Germany so they were sued by the German Publishers. I checked and found this article, https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20180306/03423339363/project-gute.... As a result German users are now blocked from accessing Project Gutenberg.
Public Domain initially was planned to begin after 14 years. Its creation was intended to keep alive our cultural literacy. That may have been naive, but the EU has already required sites all over the world to check to see if they meet their privacy requirements with General Data Privacy Regulation or GDPR. This latest regulation makes that look like an annoying test of the water to see if they can control the worldwide web and more.
Thank you LoiS, for putting it so well. I managed to harvest all the email addresses from the site so I could send one message to all of them - freely adapted from Lois' point. Here they are if anyone wants to do the same. I am not very good at Twitter so I went that route. And my email messsage is below.
This discussion contains the facts of the E.U. proposed copyright & internet requirements, which would affect the entire world. I'm moving the follow-up to my blog article "The E.U. & You" unless there is a request to continue this discussion. The E.U. will consider the issue again this autumn, so it's definitely worth continued international attention.