A bunch of Swedish MEPs pressed the wrong button in the Copyright Directive vote, defeating the chance to vote to delete and .

Well, that’s quite the mandate to fuck with millions of Internet users.


The German govt just gave in to the French on limiting exemptions for small businesses in — and yet, Politico EU is reporting Axel Voss just said that it was too *still* too good a deal for small EU tech companies, and he would oppose the European Parliament supporting it!

This law just gets crazier and crazier.

Uh oh, hearing rumors the German government is thinking of switching sides, and support

Going to go streaming again, under the light of a blood wolf GNU moon.

I'll be on twitch.tv/codetherapy shortly, setting up new Neovim and Zsh dotfiles, pondering#Lisp, , and doing a class analysis of You can also join the Discord at discord.gg/qqtFqKc . I should hopefully be able to hear the audio chat on that.

Am celebrating the victory in the latest battle by setting up my own laptop (first time I’ve had a laptop of my own in years) with a HUGE drive. What OS should I install? All of them?

JFC, the negotiations are so incoherent that earlier this week, the European TV, film and sports rightsholders said they should be halted. Now the *recording industry* says they it’s broken. It was their idea! ifpi.org/downloads/17_Jan_2019

Confession: I write a lot about Axl Voss, the German MEP who is the main advocate for copyright filters and snippet licenses in and . But when i do, I'm forever mistyping him as Axl Ross because of Axl Rose, lead singer of Guns N' Roses. Sorry, Axl!

Hello Assembled People of European Mastodon! I work at @eff on international copyright. You might have heard of , the EU proposal to require © filters on sharing sites.

We're really worried that this could affect services like ActivePub/Mastodon instances, opening them up to lawsuits or requiring expensive filters.

The key vote is on Wednesday -- please call or write your MEP and ask them to vote against to protect the future of the internet! saveyourinternet.eu/

One of the things that I noticed in listening to the European Parliament debate on and was the live interpreters briefly mentioning their own strike action before translating the rest of the debate. The were requisitioned to translate it: euractiv.com/section/economy-j

Woohoo! In a huge victory, the European Parliament has voted 318-278 against and —the disastrous and copyright proposals. That means we’re close to stopping these terrible proposals—and we’re gaining momentum.

Had a huddled conversation in the European Parliament with a colleague after the JURI vote trying to work out what would mean for federated/decentralized services like and . We’ll need to see the final text which may not be available until next week.

So I've managed to finagle a pass to the European Parliament vote on and tomorrow, and with some luck, I will be livetweeting it for EFF. It'll be at 10:30AM CET at @EFFlive@twitter.com. I'm sorry I didn't set up a Mastodon feed, but it's 3AM here now, and I've been kind of busy 😴

I know most of the debate on and has been on a pretty abstract level in the past few days, but if you want a deeper analysis of where we are, and how we got here, Julia Reda's interview today is great: copyrightblog.kluweriplaw.com/

I'm in Brussels for the /#Article11 vote and it's always interested to see how my social media reading shifts with the timezone change. Hello people from Europe, I missed you.


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