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Scientists, free software bods worried about EU copyright proposal

12:22 am on Sep 12, 2017 (gmt 0)

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European digital rights groups and open science advocates are mobilising against proposed EU copyright changes they say would hamper information sharing.

At issue is a proposal, which first landed last year, to stop people uploading copyrighted material by applying a YouTube-like filter against content fingerprints.

That proposal fell out of the headlines, giving way to discussions of a “link tax” opposed so strongly by outfits like Google and Facebook that it was watered down to at least letting publishers demand permission for aggregation (or if it's not forthcoming, demand payment or takedown).


Copyright remains in flux world wide, but especially in the EU. There appears a push to pass "something" by the EU, but what it will be remains to be seen. As presented, this proposal, we hope, is NOT what happens.
9:12 am on Sept 13, 2017 (gmt 0)

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The biggest concern is that it kills fair dealing/fair use, because the finger print matching cannot tell if something qualifies for an exemption or not.

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