10 everyday things on the web the EU Commission wants to make illegal: Oettinger’s legacy

Julia Reda, Jan 10, 2017
Commentary by Stephen Downes

If gthe descriptions in this post are accurate (and there's no reason to suppose they aren't) then proposals from the European Commission to greatly extend copyright law would render many common online behaviours (including this newsletter) illegal. European Parliament member Julia Reda writes, "These proposals are pandering to the demands of some news publishers to charge search engines and social networks for sending traffic their way (yes, you read that right), as well as the music industry’s wish to be propped up in its negotiations with YouTube." Among the illegal behaviours: sharing snippets of news articles, tweeting a news headline, pinning photos to Pinterest, having a search engine index the web for you, and more.

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