A significant problem for Kodi and Pirate Bay users is that Article 13 has actually received its final approval in Brussels today. This is not something anyone in the community was looking to hear about and it’s just one more nail in the coffin when it comes to online privacy and security.
Article 13 was approved by the European Parliament last month however it still required approval from the Council of the European Union. The ballot on the Copyright Directive – which Article 13 belongs to – has occurred today with 55 percent of participant states voting in favor of the legislation.
There was opposition to the Copyright Directive from Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Poland, Finland as well as Sweden. But that had not been sufficient with 71.26 percent of EU participant specifies voting in favor of the questionable copyright regulation reforms.
Belgium, Estonia as well as Slovenia abstained from the vital vote while the UK and Germany voted in favour of the Copyright Instruction.
This means that EU participant states will now have 2 years to implement the legislation. Along with the changes to net neutrality laws in 2018, this could completely change the way we access services online. While entertainment companies are using these laws as a wedge to monitor, track and prosecute film and movie streamers, ISPs and governments benefit significantly from the increased oversight they will now have on user traffic.
This is where the services of a VPN can come in very useful. Not only do VPNs provide anonymity and security, but when it comes to Kodi and Firestick, they let you stream and access content from around the world. Now I’m not sanctioning piracy or anything of the sort – I am however adamantly opposed to censorship – especially when it comes to georestrictions on content.
While I can get behind companies wanting to be paid for content, I think when organizations arbitrarily use a line drawn on a piece of paper as a definition of where people can watch something – well that is ridiculous. Take CBS for example … in the US because they are trying to force people to sign up to their online service, they have only made Star Trek available to subscribers. I can get behind that. However, they have actually released it on Netflix everywhere outside of the USA. This I don’t agree with. If you’re going to force some people to pay for it while others get it for free, I don’t think that’s at all fair.
Article 13 could lead to ‘upload filters’ being included in websites that enable users to add their very own web content. This can influence internet giants such as YouTube, Facebook And Twitter in addition to sites that provide access to video streams on Kodi and Firesticks. Upload filters would likely badly reduce the number of streams these add-ons can count on.
Kodi, for example, is a completely legal service and tool. However, it is also extremely easy to use and as one of the earliest media centers, it has lots of addons available that provide access to questionable content. If you’re using any of these addons to watch sports or movies, then you’re going to be at risk and you really need to look at protecting yourself. If these upload filters come into play, aside from the number of streams being impacted, there is a potential risk for viewers as well.
Reacting to today’s huge vote, MEP for the Pirate Bay Julia Reda tweeted:
“The home entertainment entrance hall will certainly not quit right here, over the following 2 years, they will certainly push for national applications that neglect users’ essential civil liberties.
” It will certainly be more important than ever for civil culture to maintain the stress in the Member States! #SaveYourInternet”.
Reda indicated a previous Reddit message where the MEP explained:
” In 2006, the EU passed the Data Retention Instruction, which needed all EU nations to present nationwide regulations that required access provider to do bury storage of user information.
” The regulation was appealed all the way to the European Court of Justice, who proclaimed the Instruction void in 2014, because of fundamental legal rights infractions.
” Although the Regulation disappeared then, lots of EU nations still have nationa information retention legislations today, since appealing the directive does not immediately reset the nationwide regulations to the status before their execution of the regulation right into nationwide regulation.
” To properly do away with information retention in Europe, the EU would have to pass a regulation that outlaws information retention in all Member States. The European Court of Justice can not do that.
” Also, it took 8 years to reverse the data retention directive, throughout which fundamental civil liberties offenses occurred as a consequence of it.
” So while the copyright instruction can be eventually come by the European Court of Justice, this will certainly not undo the damages it may create to the totally free Internet in the meanwhile.
” It is necessary to elect down its most troublesome components before they can end up being carried out into national regulation.”.