EU overlords vote for Internet censorship again!

in news •  12 days ago

Just how much more out of touch with reality can European Union leaders get? The Union is bursting at the seams, ordinary people have quite a lot of issues about the way the united Europe is run and what do our common elected leaders do? Well, word is out that the European Parliament voted again today on the so-called Copyright Directive which, if adopted by all member states, would severely limit Internet freedom, as far as sharing content is concerned. Some even say it would destroy the Internet as we know it. No more sharing of memes, because..copyright infringement, no more sharing news.. because of the link tax. We the ordinary people will be left with sharing holiday pics, provided your mother-in-law agrees to be tagged in the picture!

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Who benefits from this law - besides the authorities-that-be who’d do anything to curb free speech? Digital giants like Facebook and Twitter, who are big enough to implement a system verifying uploaded content and also pay for a licence to allow news-links. Smaller platforms, Steemit included, probably not!

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The Copyright Directive has been on the table for some time and it would be a while until it would be adopted by all EU member states, making it a law, so we’re not there yet. The real issue is that the EU leaders show once again how far they’re willing to go against they’re own citizens. Even my 10-year old son has heard about the ‘meme law’ and thinks it’s dumb, although he’s too young to bother about more complex freedom of speech issues.

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With Brexit just a few months away, European leaders should really start paying attention to what people have to say, not act like overlords trying to impose their will on a population growing more restless by the day. What else did they do today, besides voting to resurrect the meme law? The same European Parliament voted to punish Hungary for its tough stance on immigration and Soros meddling in their country. It is quite an unprecedented move which could lead to Hungary losing its voting right within the EU.
The Hungarian PM’s response was equally unprecedented:
"Hungary will not accede to this blackmailing. Hungary will protect its borders, stop illegal migration and Hungary will defend its rights, if needed even against you."

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And then you have the mainstream media wondering how come populist leaders are getting stronger across Europe? Because they dare to tell our Brussels overlords to essentially go fuck themselves and shove their policies - whether on migration or censorship - where the sun don’t shine. As a ordinary EU citizen I feel vindicated!

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Looking at the memes in this post, it's easy to understand why the EU leaders would like to see them gone from the Internet!

Thanks for reading!

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Great article, I'm going to highlight it in a post of IW news for a podcast tomorrow if you don't mind.

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Sure, go ahead! I'm happy if this gets an audience, which is sort of rare on Steemit even at the best of times.

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These are down times for sure but we are sticking with it. People like us who keep grinding through it will come out on top in the end :).
This will help get some upvotes and attention for the post I believe 100%, let me know if it works out. The show is on tonight and it broadcasts out of Wales so it will come up on air.

We watch and wait to see where this madness takes us

Excellent post.
I just heard about the directive passing before I went to sleep, so I'm still digesting it.
My initial thoughts are that not only is it total madness tyranny on steroids, but that it just can't work....somehow...

Still digesting....

The VPN business is gonna skyrocket!

(maybe junckers has shares in virtual shield, or something..)

Not a problem.
the rest of the world can erect the 'great wall of EU' around Eurp.

howdy from Texas ladyrebecca! I'm so glad that you posted about this because I haven't heard anything until now. How asinine. Maybe there should be more exits from the EU?