At brænde broerne: Link tax, Linkskat, Linkbetaling, Linkafgift

Alle verdens nationer forstår billedet af den brændende bro.

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I EU lægges op til at stemme om indførelse af en link-afgift til rettighedshaverne. Dette vil få uoprettelige konsekvenser for den personlige frihed, for kreativ tænkning, personlig, erhvervsmæssig og national fremdrift, og ikke mindst for den nuværende (om end kaotiske) oplæring af alle internetmenneskers evner til at begå sig blandt andre digitalt og følgelig også i den fysiske virkelighed.

ACT.openmedia.com opfordrer til, at man fortæller sine nationale repræsentanter i EU, at man ikke er interesseret. Ikke mindst fordi EU-kommissionen komplet har ignoreret al modstand fra berørte og interesserede borgere og fra professionelle af enhver slags. For ikke at tale om, at Link Tax går imod the European Charter of Fundamental rights, som beskytter alle EU-borgeres rettigheder.

I MIN henvendelse til EU-kommissionen har jeg i håbet om at nå ind gennem barrikaderne tilføjet noget på dansk i klartsprog.

Den korte version:

Hvis man indfører link-skat/betaling, vil der kun være store aktører tilbage på nettet. Det betyder TABET af den diversitet, som repræsenteres af alle der videreformidler nyheder og informationer fra navngivne ophavsmænd.

På den korte bane KAN det betyde en indtægtsstigning for rettighedshavere; på den lange betyder det polariseret nyhedskamp mellem store aktører, som formodentlig mere markant end i dag vil kunne inddeles i partifarve.

Det bliver INTERNETTET SOM AVIS – man køber, man læser. Og alle den data, som i dag ligger delt på nettet, vil effektivt være ulovlig. God fornøjelse med at lave gråzonelovgivning/undtagelser, så 1 milliard mennesker ikke med ét slag kriminaliseres! Det bliver et helvede af sagsanlæg og trusler og Europa vil – lig USA – blive overtaget af advokater.

I øjeblikket er menneskeheden i færd med at lære at navigere blandt hinanden på tværs af grænser – på et menneskeligt grundlag.
Via internettets uregulerede informationssamlinger lærer vi voksne om, hvad vi evner som mennesker, hvor vi kan sætte ind, hvad der betyder noget ift. at være menneske, nationalt og internationalt, og vore børn vokser op med fokus på venskaber og fællesskab snarere end på nyheder.
HVIS linkskatten gennemføres, og nyhederne klumper sig sammen omkring opkøb af rettigheder og advokaters administrering, bliver mediestyret en definitionsmagt, der er stærkere end politikere. Vi ser det med Murdoch og hans imperium. Vi ser, hvordan folk vildledes på en cocktail af had og fremmedfjendskhed. Som er den livmoder, Trump er født ud af.

På dén led er linkskatten – lig internettet i to hastigheder, pesticide- og medicinal-spin, liberalisering af tidligere samfundsopretholdte borgerservices, osv osv – anslag mod den personlige frihed. Dén frihed, som findes i diversitet. Dvs. en fastholdelse af tillid til individerne frem for statslig magt og kontrol med individerne. Som politiker at tjene frem for at bestemme. Ledelse frem for diktat.

Der er intet godt for borgerne ved en betaling for at linke til ophavsretligt materiale. Samfundet vil gå i stå på en måde, hvor det får meget svært ved at komme i gang igen. Vi taler fremdrift, initiativer, ambitioner, idéer, kontakt, som ikke alene er fokuseret på indtjening. Kvaliteten af INDHOLDET frem for mængden. Kvæler man tanken, kvæler man nationen. Og så er der kun tilbage at finde på midler til at kvæle utilfredsheden i befolkningen med.

Venlig hilsen,
kenneth krabat

Den forudskrevne tekst lyder:

I am writing regarding the upcoming debate at the JURI Committee of the European Commission’s Copyright in the Digital Single Market Directive.

As my representative, I am asking you to pressure your party’s colleagues on the JURI committee to speak out against Article 11 and Article 13 of the Commission’s proposals,which amount to Internet censorship, and in favour of amendments 95 and 101, which would reverse these innovation and free expression stifling proposals.

Over 120,000 Internet users have said no to these terrible proposals in the Commission’s plan, and we are all watching closely. You have an opportunity to ensure this law works for your constituents.

Here are some reasons to speak up in favour of a functioning Internet:

-Article 11, the new right for press publishers, will seriously harm how we can all share and access news online.
-As experts point out, Article 11 amounts to a Link Tax because it empowers publishers to charge fees simply for sharing the snippets of text that accompany hyperlinks
-Recently 60 prominent academics unanimously slammed this proposal.
-New EU digital startups which will never be able to get off the ground if forced to pay fees to share links.
-The public and experts agree the link tax is bad. It would be undemocratic and unjustified to keep pushing it forward.
Article 13, will force online platforms to surveil their users’ behavior and create technology to preemptively censor uploads that might be copyright infringement. It will drastically censor online creativity.
-It is against the European Charter of Fundamental rights, which protects our privacy.
-This will entrench the dominance of a few big players on the web — only the biggest sites and media groups will be able to afford to build and implement these tools.

The Commission completely ignored public feedback on this. As an EU citizen, I want you as my MEP to stand up for me.

I look forward to hearing your response.

With regards,
Kenneth Krabat

The World’s Most Efficient Public Library

The smorgasbord is a reality. Now we need to pay the staff and food suppliers.

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If free and open access to all of human knowledge at the push of a button truly prevents our society’s beloved artists, authors, thinkers, and other creative people from putting food on their tables, then maybe it’s time to rethink how to put food on their tables

via The Pirate Bay Is The World’s Most Efficient Public Library – Falkvinge on Infopolicy.

Please acknowledge that TPB represents an idea, which TPB is neither alone in actualizing nor the first to implement into Human Culture. Besides the numerous other torrent sites all over the world, NewsGroups, FTP sharing, deaddrops, DVDs and not to mention people populating torrent sites or equally sharing and caring about culture both popular and not so well known from hand to hand, stating that sharing forms the basis of human evolution is not a stretch of fact.

That sharing has become digitally efficient is not a bad thing – the question is, who should control efficient sharing? And how are content creators kept fairly in the loop?

 

Before, there was an Internet; now it’s a “legitimate library”!

The book industry CAN win over the whole globe.

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The English speaking Book industry centered in USA – “a coalition of the world’s largest book publishers including Cambridge University Press, Harper Collins, Elsevier and John Wiley & Sons” – has managed to shut down possibly the largest private book repository in the world with public access, containing among its 400.000 downloadable books enough copyright violation works to have a court judge warrent an order of closure.

The Publishers cheered. “It is a victory”, said  Stephen M. Smith, President and CEO of John Wiley & Sons. “This action reflects our commitment to protecting secure, safe, and legitimate use of the Internet”.

Legitimate use of the Internet! Are they crazy? Or plain stupid!?

Their BS-spin is cooking up pretense agendas – as if the internet was a road and it had been taken over by robbers stifling progress for all and the way forward was to rid the road of robbers.

It’s quite the reverse, actually! The Publishers acting on behalf of everyone become the robbers, wanting to hold back natural evolution, and the road connects everyone with everyone.

The Internet is the World, brothers and sisters. The Internet is the world speaking to itself, and the powers that be are doing their damndest to stop the World from developing.

The world is not just using the Internet,

the World is being shaped by the ability of people to communicate instantaneously, and it is happening fast.

Yes, you are afraid, and naturally so:

Everything is verging towards a massive change – what doom sayers need call “a collapse of the old ways”. The natural response of government and real power is to try and stall the progress, to give businesses time to adjust – have the economic structure invent itself to retain a high motivational factor in order to keep the wheels turning, even if there is not much hope. Then war will step in, or famine, or natural disasters, or TV, or plain threats of loss of more jobs, or food (food is not quite an issue yet in the western world), something will come about, which will be aided, orchestered in the desired direction by the Powers that be, towards a retention of stability – by shifting the world’s attention to easy, understandable, physical occurances, and away from abstract change in the freedom of expressing needs and opinions.

Yes, yes, yes, you are right. Lack of cohesion IS setting in. And the fault is in communication – in your blatant disregard for what communicative desire IS:

We all create with our minds. Creation in a human being is a communication process adjusting inner needs and talents to outer needs and limitations. Creation means acknowledging both needs and change. Creating more ways to hang on to power and earn more money IS creation in the sense of the word, you could say. All creatures resist death, in any way possible, by shedding all factors of existence that present themselves as burdens.

Same with big business. Big, old mono-businesses have no momentum to be inventive players like all small businesses rushing to accommodate change, and begin the process of dieing, which to some is a horrible thing, while to others just the balance ever so slowly shifting towards an inner collapse. And in that process  the old ones stand in the way of the creativity and devolopment of the rest.

Such refusal to roll over and die is very well, and even encouraging too. But when dinosaurs of the book industry refuse to change, refuse to invent technology and go first, refuse to accept other people doing it for them, and when they can have the power to turn the global network into a pet from their own fear, lazyness and lack of flexibility in a changing world, and when they present their refusal to neither die nor change by claiming moral superiority over the rest of the world, as in “our commitment to protecting secure, safe, and legitimate use of the Internet”, its time to

STOP THIS NONSENSE

There are many ways to affect change. People could be guided, but nobody powerful wishes to guide them. People could be consoled, but nobody powerful possess neither sufficient heart nor responsibility or means of consolation. The empowerment is coming from below instead. Call it “a revolution”, if you will, but just remember: A revolution is not always a succes. A revolution, a turning of the cards, can lose by succeding. It can die in the instant the troops (i.e. people) start poring in. And become mainstream, and nobody sees or notices it. And all the industries will rush to exploit its present potential of momentum.

The right word in this regard is evolution. And that just happens, no matter what. It counts the factors of every action, every opinion, every occurrence, every shift in the equilibrium. But what is inside this is freedom to shape the future from your own needs and regard for necessities, quality and essence. Except you are bound by law.

The book industry, along with all the other copyright moguls, have the law on their side. The law of ownership keeping the world economy and industry stable. They CAN win over the whole globe on the pretext of protecting stability.

IF that happens, they themselves will wish that they had been able to pull out of their abject refusal to step down and let flexible initiative take over. The consequences of the refusal to die of all the old World right-owership coalitions are that monitoring and privacy violations will see a marked increase in stress related deaths. Lowered life expectancy in the western world, Australia, Japan, South Korea, the arab world. A brief new flood of physical mail as a way of retaining privacy. Then illegal subnets. Then back to status quo. There is NO way of stifling communication and creation that has tasted the freedom of access to a bigger world.  Only misery will follow from trying to stop individuals’ need for expansion into the minds of everyone else.

Ahead lies only total monitoring, or letting go. Demand for security converging with rising desire of privacy. We are seeing the tip of the iceberg, and flocks of anti-restriction memes will soon inhabit the space of “Free Will”, if nothing is done about this habit of trying to control the masses.

We are the masses. The Earth. The 99%.

Un-controling the masses has never been done, I think. Letting go of the leash, after the fact of control. Not in any age. So, history serves as no indicator of un-controlled masses, other in a very limited fashion – in times of war and civil disturbances.

The future in that regard is a blank slate, and the economy and thus personal empowement springing from capitalism demand it stay relatively blank for the masses. And the only way to that goal is through control. Control on a global scale makes the future predictable, for the select few to benefit from, and everyone else to fall in line behind. On a moral high ground to protect the world from itself…

Is this better than the freedom to fail?

Inspirative source: http://torrentfreak.com/book-publishers-shut-down-library-nu-and-ifile-it-120215/

“Tag det væk, far!”

Om endeløs kolportering af den amerikanske underholdningsindustris lobbyisme.

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Der er forskel på Kolportering og Meningsihændehavelse, og absolut fælles for alle danske rettighedshaverorganiationer er, at de fantasiløst kolporterer meninger om rettighedsbrud til deres medlemmer.

I min tid i Dansk Forfatterforening har det været tydeligt, at foreningens bestyrelse vælger den nemme løsning, når det handler om forholden til spørgsmålet om pirateri på nettet. “Det er af det onde, det skader kunstnere, det skal væk, syndere skal straffes!” Senest endnu en kolportering af holdninger gjort tilgængelig for medlemmerne, indpakket i en rapport skabt af rettighedshaverorganisationerne, ministerierne osv., der

har afsæt i regeringens holdning*, som er, at ulovlig kopiering på internettet er skadelig for både forbrugere, kunstnere, erhvervsliv og samfundet generelt

(* Og denne holdning er fra 2007!, hvor man besluttede sig for helt firkantet at fastholde lovgivningen, som den så ud, snarere end at forholde sig til en virkelighed i digital forandring.)

Ét er så, at Danmark igennem de seneste 10 år har haft en højredrejet regering, som systematisk har overført midler fra fattige til rige. At dén generelle livsindstilling skulle kunne afgøre, hvad der kommer samfundet, forbrugere og kunstnere til skade, skal vist lige tages med et gran salt.

Noget ganske andet, og mere globalt er: Følger man med på debatten på nettet, og herunder alt der har med “infopolicy”* at gøre – dvs. informationspolitik i verdens forskellige kulturer og nationer – vil man opdage en systematisk propaganda om industriens mange tab som følge af pirateri udspringe af lobbyisme fra den amerikanske underholdningsindustri. Løgne og bagvaskelse og falske statistiskker og fordrejninger, der tiere og tiere tilbagevises af en forarget forskervirkelighed, professionelle magasiner og meningsmagere, og af enkeltpersoner med vid og talent for at grave og stille de forkerte spørgsmål på rette tidspunkt. En mere end gryende holdning blandt ikke-hjernevaskede professionelle i mange af kunstbrancherne, der er berørt af digitalisering, er at digital piratvirksomhed for en væsentlig del skyldes mangel på nem adgang til produkterne.

Vi, der arbejder med sprog, ved at svar afhænger af både spørgsmåls formulering og tolkning. Og spørger man folk, om de henter copyrightbeskyttet software uden at betale for det, og folk svarer ja – og man så IKKE spørger, om folk ville betale, hvis der var en mulighed for det – så er man propagandist, populist eller slet ret og simpelt et manipulerende svin, der er ligeglad med de holdningsændringer, og frygt, og heksejagt, sådanne udnladelsesløgne afføder i alverdens lande. Fuldt ud på højde med heksejagten på marihuana i USA’s 30’ere, der holdt spiritusforbudets politistyrke talstærkt på gaden, og terrorist-heksejagten, der stadig holder 3. verdenskrig i gang.

Der er kun én måde at imødegå digital piratvirksomhed på: Tilbyde noget bedre og nemmere og lovligt. Enhver anden håndtering skaber en mere ubehagelig, mere frygtsom og tydeligere klasseopdelt verden. I højrefløjens ånd, javist. Godt med kontrol og ejerskab. Godt med individualisme og enhver er sin egen lykkes smed.

Men det er fortid, folkens. Farmand ér vippet af tronen og folket har talt.
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* Et godt sted at begynde er det svenske Piratpartiets repræsentant i Europaparlamentet, Rick Falkvinge.