The EU is after us again

“The Government is seeking to prevent an EU directive that could extend broadcasting regulations to the internet, hitting popular video-sharing websites such as YouTube.

The European Commission proposal would require websites and mobile phone services that feature video images to conform to standards laid down in Brussels.

Ministers fear that the directive would hit not only successful sites such as YouTube but also amateur “video bloggers” who post material on their own sites. Personal websites would have to be licensed as a “television-like service”“

Amateur ‘video bloggers’ under threat from EU broadcast rules – Times OnlineIsn’t that nice. Once we finally replace the controllers of the message (distribution channels) with the Internet and hand off the keys of the gates from gatekeepers to prosumers who remix, amplify and refeed culture for our collective benefit, someone comes from the last decade and suggest that we take the same rules created for the old mass-distribution channels and apply them on the new mass-niche channels, or our children wont be safe. Wasn’t the whole point of broadcast licenses to prevent frequency
interference? This is not a problem with the internet today. Internet is not a series of tubes ;)This threatens not only our freedom of speech as in video, but also our ability to co-create the culture we so much love and the new democracy where everyone can have a voice rather than a vote. This is not only a question of culture and freedom but also a question of education. Think of learning object repositories, like LeMill, setup by the people for the people. Soon you need a broadcasting license to run one. Think of dynamic knowledge-creation centric sites that jam on videos created by others. Take for example this band. Once again you have to step down and submit yourself to those who have the money and the resources. Those who in their self-interest choose themselves what content is good for you, rather than allowing your audience to make the decision.Is this really something that separates EU in competition from others or does it hinder innovation, sending us back to the stone age? Hmm, I kind of like the ancient feeling of those black robes and sacred libraries…

3 thoughts on “The EU is after us again

  1. Hmm…must say that I had not heard about this. Checked it on Euractiv, an uber-EU-minded news outlet, but with proper reporting. http://www.euractiv.com/en/infosociety/twf-television-frontiers/article-117550…According to them, this should not effect blogs, etc.: "It does not concern video clips and animations in news and press websites, nor blogs, video podcasts, picture telephony over the internet and other non-commercial content. "One possible scenario: EU skeptic Brits have a long tradition to make some of the craziest spins on EU directives. Could be that the Broadcasting Minister, who is quoted, wants to get some eye-balls. On the other hand: I checked the new draft that the European Parliament will vote on at (http://www.hieronymi.de/PDF%20Dokumente/CULT_PR…(2006)376676_EN.pdf)The EP amendments, i.e. changes, are in bold/italics on the right column. One amendment, for example, stipulates: "Consequently non-economic activities such as blogs and other user-generated contents without an economic objective and all forms of
    private communication such as e-mails and private websites, do not fall within the scope of the directive. "I think the main issue which might come up here will be about deciding what is commercial and what is user-generated for private use. Where does my open content stand here? I might be private, but I may use CC commercial-use-allowed-licence. With new codes of conduct on the Web it is hard to say what is "without an economic objective".What about me making my open content available on my private blog where I allow Google adds? I don't make money of the content itself, but the website is public and I sort of can cash in..? I bet they didn't think far enough…Also, they do talk about an editorial control, so would that mean that a LOR has editorial control or not? What if it is only community driven…

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