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posted by Fnord666 on Sunday November 11 2018, @12:31PM   Printer-friendly
from the taxing-the-legend-of-zelda dept.

The Creative Commons, the international non-profit devoted to expanding the range of creative works available legally, summarizes how the EU's proposed link tax would still harm Creative Commons licensors. The proposed Copyright Directive legislation entered the final rounds of negotiation back in September, retaining the problematic articles that raised hackles earlier this year, notably articles 11, 12, and 13. The Creative Commons discusses the current stat of article 11, known informally as the link tax.

Article 11 is ill-suited to address the challenges in supporting quality journalism, and it will further decrease competition and innovation in news delivery. Spain and Germany have already experimented with similar versions of this rule, and neither resulted in increased revenues for publishers. Instead, it likely decreased the visibility (and by extension, revenues) of published content—exactly the opposite of what was intended. Just last week a coalition of small- and medium-sized publishers sent a letter to the trilogue negotiators outlining how they will be harmed if Article 11 is adopted.

Not only is a link tax bad for business, it would undermine the intention of authors who wish to share without additional strings attached, such as creators who want to share works under open licenses. This could be especially harmful to Creative Commons licensors if it means that remuneration must be granted notwithstanding the terms of the CC license. This interpretation is not far-flung. As IGEL wrote last week, [...]

Previously on SN:
Secretive EU Copyright Negotiations Started Tuesday: Here's Where We Stand
EU Copyright Directive Passes; "Terrorist Content" Regulation Proposed; Astroturfing?
How The EU May Be About To Kill The Public Domain: Copyright Filters Takedown Beethoven
European Copyright Law Isn't Great. It Could Soon Get a Lot Worse


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  • (Score: 3, Insightful) by RandomFactor on Sunday November 11 2018, @03:38PM (3 children)

    by RandomFactor (3682) Subscriber Badge on Sunday November 11 2018, @03:38PM (#760650) Journal

    I'm making a new, darker theme for SoylentNews right now.

    Squeeee!!!!!

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  • (Score: 1, Funny) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday November 11 2018, @04:33PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday November 11 2018, @04:33PM (#760655)

    if that's a positive "sqeeee", then i agree. i can't deal with white/light grey "backgrounded" sites these days.

  • (Score: 2) by takyon on Monday November 12 2018, @02:12AM (1 child)

    by takyon (881) <takyonNO@SPAMsoylentnews.org> on Monday November 12 2018, @02:12AM (#760773) Journal

    For now, it's going to be a copy of VT100, except everything that is green becomes light red instead. Links and certain other text (like "*New*") will be a lighter pink color to make them easier to distinguish. Then I might make a couple of aesthetic changes and finally split it into two versions: "Seeing Red" and "Arik Seeing Red" (the latter is monospaced, of course).

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    • (Score: 2) by RandomFactor on Monday November 12 2018, @08:58PM

      by RandomFactor (3682) Subscriber Badge on Monday November 12 2018, @08:58PM (#761040) Journal

      I can do VT100
       
      Heck, one of my early computer projects was building an H19 (Heathkit VT100 clone) with my mother who was a bit of a proto-geek. I still can't believe we didn't screw it up, used it for years.

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