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    • Friends are sending me this article from The Verge, asking how it affects Cake and the future of social sites, Wikipedia, etc. Honestly, I read it and could hardly get a grip on it.

      Critics, which include Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales and World Wide Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee, said it poses an imminent threat to the Internet.

    • I'm not up on all the details yet, but my first impression is that this will be a massive problem for startups and small businesses.

      Filtering uploads for potential copyright violations is an almost impossible technical task. YouTube might be able to do it (with a lot of false positives), but there's absolutely zero chance that a scrappy video or audio startup will be able to, which means the E.U. has just created an impenetrable barrier to starting a new online business involving user-generated content.

      The U.S. doesn't have a great track record either when it comes to copyright legislation, but for all its faults, the DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act), which governs how businesses in the U.S. must respond to complaints of copyright infringement, actually does a not-terrible job of balancing the need to protect copyrights while also not placing an undue burden on websites that host user-generated content.

      The E.U. could have learned from the good and bad parts of the DMCA and passed legislation that improved on it, but it seems like they instead ignored the good parts and went way overboard with their approach.

    • As written, it is a full employment act for copyright lawyers. It is simply awful for the Internet, and since each member country will be able to interpret it however they choose, it's probably unworkable. There is pretty good reason to think that it's not going to pass muster in European courts. It's also going to be politically unpopular once Europeans understand its implications. I rather suspect that it's not really going to happen at all, but if it does, it will be downgraded to a category one before it makes landfall. Stay tuned.

    • YouTube does it to protect themselves. Apparently the EU wants everyone to do what YouTube does which is too bad as YouTube does it badly.

      Anyone can register just about anything with YouTube's content system. And they do. I've had YouTube complain because someone registered a freely usable riff created in Garage Band. I've had claims that an organization owned public domain audio. YouTube doesn't care. They always take the registering organizations word. It's in their best interest to do so. Those who register things do so for ad revenue. YouTube likes selling ads. That works against those that do not want to monetize their content.