On one hand you can not serve lobby interests, especially to serve large publishers, labels and artists, and then on the other hand stand up and fight off the consequences that result from the collateral damage, by calling for meaningless and completely useless additional protocols. They are not required, they are one necessary consequence of the law.
The policy doesn’t require upload filters. But companies without extensive blocking are constantly in danger of claims for damages. That’s why they have no choice. Article 13 is a shift in the burden of proof. But in a liberal democracy everything is allowed, what’s not forbidden.
Thanks to Article 13, everything has to be blocked first, until it’s proven that it’s allowed. There’s no doubt that no culture can thrive this way. Principles of a pluralistic democracy, and also those of a liberal constitutional state get abolished by this policy.
It does not strengthen artists. On the contrary, many will find that they can not even bring their own material online without proving that it does not violate any third party rights. So everyone has to join the same large collecting societies, in order to enjoy the benefit of flat-rate licenses, which only large global players can and will do.
This disaster is applauded by journalists, who otherwise always like to demand the solidarity of the net community with their concerns of free reporting. But they themselves punch all unorganized Internet broadcasters directly in the face; according to the motto “we also want to get paid”. Have you not been paid, yet?
Is it really worthwhile to enforce 30-40 years old business models in a network that removes the role of recipient and sender? You want to turn back the Internet into consumers and professional producers, so that your dinosaur world is right again.
Don’t be surprised if the solidarity regarding your concerns suffers in the future, because you have just made yourselves real enemies of free cultural practice. And by no means I’m talking about the straw man of an “everything’s free culture” that you allegedly suffer from. You threw out the baby with the bathwater. You, as the alleged fifth pillar of democracy, have just laid your hands upon the possibilities of freedom of expression. You have made yourself part of the problem, not part of the solution; and that way one should treat you from now on. This is not a good day for freedom in Europe, it is a very bad day. A catastrophe promoted by publishers and law-abusers.