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The World Wide Web is perhaps one of the most important inventions made by man so far, the Web allows us to view and speak to people all around the world in seconds, however, on the 20th to 21st of June, the European Parliament will vote on the Copyright Directive. Should Article 13 of the Copyright Directive proposal be adopted, it will impose widespread censorship of all the content you share online.
Article 13 is a provision in the proposed EU Copyright Directive mandating that all content uploaded to the internet be monitored and potentially deleted if a likeness to existing copyrighted content is detected. This provision will be voted on by the end of 2018.
Quite frankly, if Article 13 comes into effect, it will not only fuck me over, but it will also fuck you over, even if you aren't in the EU.
It will fuck me over as I'm a small, independent blogger/reporter who has zero ties outside of my friends. It will fuck you over if you even link to another website with this so-called "link tax".
This Article 13 will shape the way this and many other websites report on events, if this Article comes into effect, I don't see how this website will be able to carry on.
Thank you for your time.