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Article 11, requiring online platforms to pay publishers a fee if they link to their news content, was also approved.
this sounded so asinine when i first read it i thought i didnt read it right... third time i read it.... how the hell is this going to be enforced? 
if someone links an .eu news source on twitter... twitter has to pay? isnt that just going to make twitter filter out links? newspapers do want to be read... right?
would retweeting a tweet from the BBC count as linking? ... and this is just twitter im using as an example... social media in general is going to have to jump through
some strange hoops... or just block their services from reaching the .eu if they are not based in it...

They voted to approve the controversial Article 13, which critics warn could put an end to memes, remixes and other user-generated content.
again... how?? services are just going to shut down in the .eu ... memes will continue on in countries where this isnt a thing... many not-so-rich websites are going to be forced
to block their service to the .eu just to stay online... and sites in the .eu ..?.. i see many businesses jumping ship out of europe and into friendlier territory...

its not the end of the internet.. its just the end of the internet for the .eu

remember that next time you vote on who you put in power...
WinMx World News / 15 EU MP's Vote To Censor Web - A Historically Dumb Decision
« Last post by GhostShip on June 22, 2018, 12:22:12 am »
It seems we are awash with "interweb experts" at the EU after a miniscule number of them decided for unspecified reasons that the internet needs "mothering"...

A committee of MEPs has voted to accept major changes to European copyright law, which experts say could change the nature of the internet.
They voted to approve the controversial Article 13, which critics warn could put an end to memes, remixes and other user-generated content.

Article 11, requiring online platforms to pay publishers a fee if they link to their news content, was also approved. One organisation opposed to the changes called it a "dark day".
The European Parliament's Committee on Legal Affairs voted by 15 votes to 10 to adopt Article 13 and by 13 votes to 12 to adopt Article 11.

publishers, including the Independent Music Companies Association (Impala) welcomed the vote.
"This is a strong and unambiguous message sent by the European Parliament," said executive chair Helen Smith.
"It clarifies what the music sector has been saying for years: if you are in the business of distributing music or other creative works, you need a licence, clear and simple. It's time for the digital market to catch up with progress."

It will now go to the wider European Parliament to vote on in July

Trust some copyright maximalist to trot out a pathetic few words that show the level of the debate from their very limited viewpoint, such groups steal data regularly, copy material found online and rebrand material to try to copyright it and "own" the latest trends, are we going to see such groups held to a greater standard than ordinary citizen producers when it comes to claims of copyright infringement ? 

This would be a logical expansion of such laws,  unlimited fines for commercial infringement and making "false claims" again actual citizen copyright holders and smaller penalties for ordinary folks to reflect the core reason behind the activity, if such industry groups want to get pedantic they better beware, copyright infringement is a dual edged sword and they have more to lose than the rest of us if they wish to start pointing the finger.

WinMx World News / Corrupt Anti-Piracy Lawyers Face Jail Time
« Last post by GhostShip on June 18, 2018, 01:35:42 am »
I think this proves the case against the Mafia

Johan Schlüter is (was!) a Danish lawyer whose firm contracted with the Antipiratgruppen (an entertainment industry group now called RettighedsAlliancen, whose members include the MPAA) to run legal campaigns against file-sharing services and their users.

Schlüter's entertainment industry credentials were impeccable -- he had once served as director general of IFPI, the international umbrella group for the record industry, whose members include the RIAA. In 2015, an audit revealed that Schlüter and his colleagues at the firm had stolen some $15.83 million from their clients.

A Danish court has handed down sentences in the fraud: Schlüter has been sentenced to four years, Susanne Fryland has been sentenced to five and a half years, and Lars Halgreen, a peripheral accomplice, has been conditionally sentenced to nine months.

Theres no honour amongst theives eh folks  ;)    :lol: :lol: :lol:
Nice To Meet You! / Re: Where In The MXWorld Are You?
« Last post by GhostShip on June 17, 2018, 08:34:58 pm »
The Map Link contained in this topic is now invalid so I have disabled it, a big thanks to KRB for setting it up so long ago and I hope many of you had fun making your mark  :) :)

Cheers folks  8)
WinMx World News / Protests Ramped Up To Oppose EU Net Spying Plan
« Last post by GhostShip on June 17, 2018, 08:04:44 am »
A small update on the situation.
Opponents of proposed European copyright reforms are stepping up efforts to convince politicians to vote against the measures.
The vote on the Copyright Directive comes before the European Parliament on 20 June, It aims to rebalance copyright controls for the net age but critics say it will stifle freedom of expression.
Net veterans have signed an open letter against the directive and others have made tools to aid lobbying efforts.

Article 13 of the Copyright Directive has given rise to the most protests. Critics say this requires web services to filter everything people put online to ensure what they post does not impinge on any copyrighted material.
Web creator Sir Tim Berners-Lee, net pioneer Vint Cerf, Jimmy Wales from Wikipedia, and many others sent an open letter to the European Union this week urging it to scrap the article.

In the letter they warned that if Article 13 were to be passed as it is now drafted, it could restrict online life.

Why should "copyright" laws dictate the future direction of humanity and its free expression ? It seems a radical shift of normality to even consider equating such a basic value, the only suggested reason for a sudden love of copyright expansion is obviously a fresh appraisal of how much money the copyright maximalists have placed on the table, they are after all no different to a mafia, if you dont agree with them they target you and they have a history of delivering a diverse portfolio of rewards to politicians whom "see things the right way", this is all in the public domain just for the googling, are we happy to sit back and allow these types of commercial pond life the final say over what we can do on this great internet ?

Visit the link below to take action if you value your freedom to utilise the greatest tool man has ever built for human to human communication, all races, all strata's of society and all levels of creativity are under threat as well as your continued ability to have a say when you feel something is wrong, with poor legislation these freedoms can no longer be guaranteed.
Games / Re: Fishing Originally By Titey
« Last post by molson666 on June 15, 2018, 08:16:36 am »
ty for sharing
Since the GDPR came in a lot of American sites are blocking EU visitors. I can't view a lot of news sites like the anymore. I do use a VPN so I could get around it if I wanted but I'm just talking to Stripes point about businesses blocking EU access etc
WinMx World News / Soulseeks Problems With Paypal
« Last post by GhostShip on June 12, 2018, 05:44:47 am »
Yet another blind attack on P2p based on little more than Paypal wanting to avoid bad publicity.

The Arbels run an online community called Soulseek. Originally intended to be a dating service, Soulseek today consists of various chat rooms that also allow users to share files. It’s a place where community and relationships have flourished. The site is particularly popular with underground musicians, their fans, and other creative types, who can easily chat with each other and share their work online.

Soulseek isn’t focused on profit, but the Arbels do take donations to offset their expenses from running the site. Those donations were processed by PayPal until the payment service abruptly terminated Soulseek’s service in February—with virtually no explanation and no coherent appeal process.

What the Arbels are experiencing is a form of financial censorship that has, unfortunately, become increasingly widespread. Following the law isn’t enough—PayPal apparently expects a small message board service with a file-sharing function to do far more than the law requires.

PayPal explained to us that they will cut off sites that “allow for the transfer or download of copyrighted material.”

If Paypal where more open with their anti-P2P policy folks could have the choice to avoid using their services, vote with your feet folks and if possible choose a payment processor who remembers whos money its handling.
WinMx World News / US Consumer Loses Net Neutrality Battle
« Last post by GhostShip on June 12, 2018, 05:34:06 am »
Not a good day it seems ...

The US has officially repealed rules that governed the way net providers treated the data that travelled across their networks. The net neutrality rules said companies had to treat all data equally.

Enacted in 2015, the rules sought to stop providers giving preferential treatment to sites and services that paid them to accelerate their data, critics fear repealing them may see consumers charged extra for anything more than the most basic service.

Public protests greeted the Federal Communications Commission's plan to end use of the rules, with many saying it could have an impact on free speech, but, in December, the FCC voted to repeal the rules. And the regulations expired on Monday.

We need only sit back now and watch the consumer level web access suffer as companies fall over themselves to promote their own vested self interest .
If they take aim at anything WPN related then they can expect some positive movement to thwart their plans, I wont be sitting idle thats for sure  :evil:
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