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    Default European fandom alert

    Taken from tumblr - it appears this is legit and that it will affect Buffy fandom.

    If you’re European, in a couple of weeks you will be denied any and all access to fandom contents on Tumblr and everywhere else on the internet. Here’s why:

    On June, 20th the JURI of European Parliament approved of the articles 11 and 13 of the new Copyright Law. These articles are also known as the “Link Tax” and the “Censorship Machines” articles.
    Articles 13 in particular forces every internet platform to filter all the contents we upload online, ending once and for all the fandom culture. Which means you won’t be able to upload any type of fandom works like fan arts, fan fictions, gif sets from your favourite films and series, edits, because it’s all copyrighted material. And you won’t also be able to share, enjoy or download other’s contents, because the use of links will be completely restricted.

    But not everything’s lost yet. There’s another round of voting scheduled for the early days of July.

    What you can do now to save our internet, is to share these informations with all of your family members and friends, and to ask to your MEP (the members of the European Parliament from your country) to vote NO at the next round, to vote against articles 11 and 13.

    Here you can find more news and all the details to contact your MEP:
    Also, sign and share this petition:
    We have just a couple of weeks to stop this complete madness, don’t let them dictating the way we enjoy our internet.

    #SaveYourInternet now!

    Also ao3 has spoken out about this
    Can we agree that the writers made everyone do and say everything with a thought to getting good ratings and being renewed. This includes everything we love as well as everything we hate.

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    I have no idea how this is going to work? or for that matter how we can stop it. Petitions very rarely seem to do anything sadly.
    Last edited by Silver1; 22-06-18 at 10:33 AM.

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    Oh, my. Thank you for the heads up and the links! Huh, they seem to mean well, but I have no idea how anyone would control if the content recognition is "appropriate and proportionate" and how well the "complaints and redress mechanisms" work.

    Article 13
    Use of protected content by information society service providers storing and giving access to large amounts of works and other subject-matter uploaded by their users

    1.Information society service providers that store and provide to the public access to large amounts of works or other subject-matter uploaded by their users shall, in cooperation with rightholders, take measures to ensure the functioning of agreements concluded with rightholders for the use of their works or other subject-matter or to prevent the availability on their services of works or other subject-matter identified by rightholders through the cooperation with the service providers. Those measures, such as the use of effective content recognition technologies, shall be appropriate and proportionate. The service providers shall provide rightholders with adequate information on the functioning and the deployment of the measures, as well as, when relevant, adequate reporting on the recognition and use of the works and other subject-matter.

    2.Member States shall ensure that the service providers referred to in paragraph 1 put in place complaints and redress mechanisms that are available to users in case of disputes over the application of the measures referred to in paragraph 1.

    3.Member States shall facilitate, where appropriate, the cooperation between the information society service providers and rightholders through stakeholder dialogues to define best practices, such as appropriate and proportionate content recognition technologies, taking into account, among others, the nature of the services, the availability of the technologies and their effectiveness in light of technological developments.

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