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Internet Pioneers Warn New EU Rules Would Turn Web Into "Tool for Automated Surveillance and Control"


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Internet Pioneers Warn New EU Rules Would Turn Web Into "Tool for Automated Surveillance and Control"

Jessica Corbett, staff writer

The European Union (EU) on Wednesday took a step toward enacting new internet copyright rules that experts warn pose "an imminent threat to the future of this global network" and threaten to create a "censorship machine."


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Why is it the world never seems to lack the supply of individuals who want to bring harm to their fellow man / woman ?


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Copyright infringement on freedom


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Creative artists, journalists, and others who make their living creating new works of fact, fiction, feeling, or opinion are entitled to be paid for their works. That is the reason copyright laws were instituted a couple of centuries ago.

But a large proportion of copyrights today are owned by transnational corporations speculating upon the monetary value of the works of others. The notion of “rights” is a product of the “Enlightenment” (arguably an exaggeration if not a misnomer), and it applied only to human beings.

The idea that corporation have rights of any kind apart from the rights held by their owners is absurd and flies in the face of all reason. The history of such “rights” is a history of corrupt public officials whose acts were then approved (if they had not previously been solicited) by those who would profit from them.


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I have been counting on the EU to show the way exerting some regulatory control of high tech monopolies like Facebook and Google, but after reading this it seems maybe I placed too much confidence in the EU. But certainly the US can’t be looked to for leadership on this. Hopefully this legislation will be amended to deal with the problems raised.