By EU Decree, This Blog is Now Unlawful

Well parts of it are.

As I warned about back in May 2018 in a previous post the realisation that the EU may impose draconian laws on the internet and by default free speech and free ideas has come to pass as they have now unanimously voted through Article 11 and Article 13 (and a whole bunch of other stuff) within its Copyright Directive.

This means that any post on this blog with links to external sources, or any piece on this blog that contains images that aren’t of my own creation, altered under fair use or used within context of a piece, are subject to removal or a fee being paid and as I doubt WordPress would wish to pay a fee, I’ll just wait for deletion.

I don’t invite deletion or wait for it happily as if to be proved correct and attain levity through prose martyrdom, far from it, I would welcome if all the worst aspects of this directive we never realised.

But when it comes to money, global forces and suppression of any challenge to the status quo, it is usually just a matter of time.

I make no money from this blog – if I did it would be much higher quality, less long winded and I’d actually do spelling and grammar checks and so it will continue, between bouts of procrastination, still with links and memes when relevant.

 

Thanks for reading.

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Attention Beer Bloggers – Article 13

Granted, I’m not really a blogger solely about beer any more but if this piece is to reach those circles I used to rotate in then let this be the equivalent of a bat signal.

Basically, and as balanced as I can relay the information as I understand it, Article 13 is a poorly drafted piece of legislation that could in effect make us bloggers, bloggers about anything for that matter, have to pay to link to news stories we are commenting on.

Eh?

There could also be monetary exchanges required to even use some else’s intellectual property that has been transformed enough to deem it, as is currently allowed, acceptable use.  In other words, you won’t be able to make satirical, parody or even comment on anything based on songs, films, another blog and anything else without it possibly being censored.

More information below.

I’d appreciate if those that still may be on twitter can push this around said beer circles, just to highlight possible future problems.

Link 1

Link 2

The Petition

Contact your MEP

Thanks for reading.