I wish to depart from my usual subject matter to bring your attention to an urgent issue. The European Commission is considering the implementation of laws that will impact independent blogs such as this one, as well as WordPress in general. Basically, ‘Article 13’ is part of a proposal to amend copyright law within the EU, which would require filters on everything that is uploaded on the internet to make sure that nothing within it violates copyright. In order to be able to post copyrighted material, a content creator would have to pay a fee which would give them permission to use said copyrighted material. This could include anything from images to links to another web page, to music clips and videos. Of course, this directive unfairly advantages large corporations who, because of their much higher profit margins, can afford to pay the fees; which leaves small, independent content creators restricted to what they can put online.
This is precisely how the corporate establishment wishes to squash independent and alternative content because they cannot deal with the competition, and they use political entities like the EU to achieve this. This is also done because content, such as that on this blog, offers a counter to their narrative, as allowing people to operate without censorship enables them to criticize the mainstream narrative, thereby casting their lies into doubt. In order to prevent this from happening, they must stack the odds against smaller outlets so as to make us effectively silent, and allow them to push their Globalist world view onto the public with as little alternative viewpoints available as possible. By restricting what people are able to post, it means that if one presents a point of view that requires supporting evidence, any reference to another website or copyrighted material (such as images with graphs or statistics) will be hampered by the requirement to pay for that right. This would allow the corporate media to smear such content as ‘fake news’, simply because most of us would not be able to afford to pay a fee for everything that includes content which is not our own.
Such abuses of power are one of the reasons why most of us in the UK voted to leave the EU; as it allows a bureaucratic body with no accountability to implement laws which restrict how ordinary folk are able to operate, while creating loopholes for those with the wealth to circumvent them. It is also the case that, once a law has been passed by the European Parliament, it cannot be repealed, only amended, which further expands the bureaucracy. I use copyrighted images from the internet (which is why my blog is not monetized) as a way to add some colour and help to draw attention to the blog when I post links to it. If this law is passed, I will be unable to do so, and all of the images that I use to illustrate the subjects of my articles will have to be taken down and I will only be allowed to link to my own blog. Though I do not tend to link to other sources, I would no longer have the option, and the content of my blog would be pure text without illustration or external links.
As the UK is still a part of the EU and will probably continue to remain part of the Single Market, thanks to our treacherous prime minister and parliament, these laws will affect this blog regardless of Brexit. Therefore, the only thing that you can do in the meantime, if you are an EU citizen, is to contact your local MEP, as the European Parliament is the only part of the EU that has any accountability to European citizens. I will provide a link below which will enable you to contact your MEP by email, phone or via Twitter. The proposal will be put before the European Parliament from 20-21 June. This is an issue which will not only impact this blog, but will severely hamper WordPress as an outlet for bloggers and smaller social media platforms in general. The corporate media know that they are losing the information war and are using their power and influence to make sure that they have a monopoly on what people see and therefore, what they think.
Also, here is a link to an article with more details on Article 13: http://www.alphr.com/politics/1009470/article-13-EU-what-is-it-copyright