Although this applies primarily to internet content providers, specifically media outlets such as newspapers, TV, and news sites, the proposed revisions to European Union copyright and “Fair Use” rules could affect [afflict?] bloggers and writers as well, depending on how we use material and if we post things on-line for readers (Article 11) and the evidence requirements for proof of Copyright.
I’ve posted some info and links below the fold:
As you can guess from the title, the author sides heavily against G00gle and for clear payments and rights for those who upload content and generate revenue for G00gle. They support the proposed revision to Article 13.
In contrast, The Electronic Frontier Foundation is firmly opposed, for reasons that look past “YouTube is cheating people.” [Full disclosure: I contributed funds to EFF back in the early 2000s, before the Blog Wars.]
Pay-per-link has a lot of possible consequences, none of them really great for the majority of web-sites and blogs. I’d prefer not to see ThePassiveVoice.com disappear, for example, because PG might have to pay for the privilege of linking to publishing news sites. The news-aggregator sites began protesting as soon as these were proposed, and (in my opinion) for good reason.
Granted, those of us outside the EU are not bound by EU rules, but my experience is that no bad idea ever dies. And it would not surprise me if a court decided that EU based content providers could indeed demand compensation for links to non-EU sites in the future.