Of Directives, Elections & New Directions: A Look at Where We Stand With Articles 11 * 13

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As you read this (assuming you’re one of the early-birds who jumps on our content at release every week) there is very likely a trilogue either going on, or closing up within the European Union; that being a meeting between the European Council, the European Commission, and the European Parliament. This discussion, as of a week ago, was thought to be the last before the three groups were to come to an agreement on the European Copyright Directive, after discussions beforehand had sought to curtail and amend the contentious Articles 11 & 13 and find a final resolution. However, in a vote on these proposed amendments, several member states voted against ratifying the changes, and so now it seems unlikely that we will see the directive finalized, at least probably not this month.

We of the LIA have certainly done our level best to make sure this directive, at least in its current form, is not allowed to pass. Our protest at Schumann Square, outside the Berlaymont building in Brussels, kicks off this Saturday the 26th. We have been in contact with as many people as we can muster our volunteers to speak with, without either losing sight of our other tasks or our sanity (as per the usual when volunteering is involved). Nevertheless, Though we are small, and young, we have had not insignificant effect in spreading the word. From Count Dankula, to the Jimmy Wales Foundation, we have seen some people with a wide degree of interest and political opinions chime in to support our cause.

We have also seen detractors, of course, but of them, I’ll speak no further, as there are better endeavors to pursue. I knew that getting involved in this movement would spur people into enmity, and frankly, I welcome it. Personally, I cannot fathom the reason someone would support these directives, but evidently, there are those who do. To this date, however, I am still waiting to hear a good argument from any of them as to why.

Until that time, I stand poised and at the ready, prepared and on my toes for new information regarding the proceedings this afternoon. I do not pretend to know what will happen, but regardless, I will wait, I will watch, and of course I will write, as I always have about such matters. I will hope for good news from the European Parliament, but I will also prepare for the worst, as I revise speeches and come up with chants for Saturday afternoon.

We have been afforded a gap; a chink in the armor of the behemoth that stands before us, and I intend to do whatever I can to drive that gap as wide as possible. I will tear away the legislative obfuscation, and shine the light of truth upon the shabby and pathetic notions and presumptions that hold up this directive. I will do what I can, because my conscience compels me such that I must. But most of all, thankfully, I won’t be doing it alone. The LIA has provided me more than just a place to call my own; it has provided me a way to fight back against tyranny, and friends who always seem willing to help. Only together do we stand a chance to make any true impact.

Yet, even in this call to action, I must admit, things seem uncertain. We await more news with bated breath as to what will come from today’s proceedings, and what effect the combined pressure of the internet at large has had on the EUCD. I have heard speculation that the directive itself may not pass before the vote on the European Parliament this coming spring, but I am not so optimistic this will be the case. Given the riots in France and the general state of unrest in the United Kingdom, I cannot help but question if the efforts I and countless others have put in will come to any fruition; not from any lack of conviction, but due to the nigh overwhelming odds stacked against us. Only time and continued effort will provide any proof if our cause is one just enough to win the hearts and minds of people at large.