In Europe, net neutrality is not just about blocking, throttling, paid prioritization, or zero rating.
A committee just legalized two new European copyright rules. However, supporters of an open internet caution that it may extinguish the internet.
The dubious new European copyright rules namely, Article 11 and Article 13 present comprehensive new transitions to how Internet operates. The latter regulation received denunciation that it might compel internet firms to “disallow memes.” It instructs that all networks examine posts for a database of copyrighted work, and eliminate that are abated.
Article 13 will advance to the European Parliament with an objective to make it simpler for right holders to accredit and be paid for the online distribution of their work. Sure enough, advocates of net neutrality argue that it burdens to the restriction of contents. They accused the proceeding action close to “a tool for the automated surveillance and control of its users.”
Article 11, on the other hand, presents a “link tax” that mandates ISP acquire consent from publishers to utilize a piece of their work. Web sites such as Google and Twitter typically have a small part of the article displayed before a web visitor totally clicks it. However, under the new European copyright rules, tech firms will have acknowledgment and may even pay to utilize that piece of work.
It means that networks can eliminate memes or images frequently obtained from films or TV programs. Net neutrality advocates emphasize that the scheme could make a mistake. YouTube, for example, has automated systems that eliminated a multifarious of totally exemplary posts.
The not-so-big web sites are probably not able to retain a convoluted infrastructure for scouring across posts. Therefore, they might not be able to maintain functioning according to the campaigners in response to the new European copyright rules. In fact, some companies are forced to stop operation due to the new data regulations imposed by the EU’s new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
“By requiring Internet platforms to perform automatic filtering all of the content that their users upload, Article 13 takes an unprecedented step towards the transformation of the Internet, from an open platform for sharing and innovation, into a tool for the automated surveillance and control of its users,” according to the letter.
The new European copyright rules are contradicted by an entire host of internet specialists. A majority of them are associated with the development of the internet’s core technologies and services. Last week, an open letter was published and inked by more than 70 professionals. It includes Jimmy Wales (Wikipedia co-founder ), Vint Cerf (internet pioneer), and Tim Berners-Lee (world wide web creator).
As web creator Tim Berners-Lee points out before, he created the internet not just for those who can afford it. Just like in the Decenternet network, Internet users can communicate freely online without any obstruction. They can create and send memes to express themselves because it protects and empowers their free speech.
There are no rules such as the new European copyright rules that will censor any content and keep an eye on your every activities or post. It does not discriminate or treat consumers like criminals.