I don't often get involved in politics, but I do need to speak up and mobilise our community today as the European Parliament is set to vote on new copyright laws that will have a far-reaching effect on content creators, website owners and every citizen of the internet.
The most important one, "Article 13" dictates that websites need to ensure that any uploaded content is free of copyright. Not only is this technically infeasible (it's hard even for the tech-giants, but impossible for small players), it also encourages platforms to 'play it safe' and deny posting of any material that they're not 100% sure about. This would lead to large-scale censorship and is a huge danger to your freedom of speech.
To bring it very close to home: if these laws come into effect it might mean the end of BlenderNation and Blender Artists as I don't have access to the 'copyright scanning' technology that would be required.
I encourage you to:
- Read this article by the EFF
- Sign this petition
- Join a protest this Saturday - I'll be at the one in Amsterdam this weekend.
- Share this information on social media with #Blackout21
Make your voice heard! Stop these politicians who have no idea what they're about to do.