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(en) Poland, rozbrat.org: Save Your Internet! [machine translation]

Date Thu, 5 Jul 2018 07:44:10 +0300

The Directive on copyright in the digital single market is a project which, despite its controversial nature, was adopted by the Legal Committee of the European Parliament at its meeting on 20 June. Under the pretext of copyright protection, it allows the owners of websites to strictly control the content posted on them by users, in the directive itself, for example, as "effective content recognition technologies". In such conditions, freedom of speech on the Internet can turn out to be only an empty slogan, while access to culture and knowledge will become a privilege reserved for people who will be able to afford it. ---- However, the voice of opposition has grown in the face of the directive, which is reflected in a Europe-wide campaign called Save Your Internet, the aim of which is to remove the most controversial part - article 13, which concerns the use, access and inclusion of protected works. Also in Poland, protests will be taking place in the streets of many cities in the coming days against the restriction of freedom on the Internet.

Campaign website: saveyourinternet.eu

Again, as in the protests against the ACTA agreement, the narrative is used by right-wing circles - defining the European Union as Marxist or socialist.
Groups that every day shout the loudest about adherence to the "holy property right", today they say that adherence to it on the Internet undermines their rights. As you can see liberal conservatives are able to change their views very flexibly, depending on whether they gain or lose in a given situation.

In turn, nationalist circles express their fears of "communist censorship". What are nationalists so afraid of? Could there be more accounts banned on facebook for propagating fascism and hate speech? Or maybe they find in this situation the opportunity to promote their views on the wave of criticism of the European Union?

The criticism of this directive from an anarchist perspective is obvious - censorship in any form is something that we fight with every day. Full, free access to knowledge and culture and freedom of speech should be common and obvious things. However, we can not limit ourselves to fighting for these values only to virtual reality, because it is just as important to fight for them in our everyday lives.

Anarchist Federation s. Poznan

Stop of Surveillance

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