On Sat, Jul 7, 2018 at 6:37 AM, Gerard Meijssen
We just won a major victory in our battle to keep
the internet free [...] Our
established positions are
against corporate interests.
When the Guardian reported on the recent European copyright campaign, as
supported by Wikimedia projects, their spin was that it served the
corporate interests of Facebook, Google and YouTube:
"Google, YouTube and Facebook
<https://www.theguardian.com/technology/facebook> could escape having to
make billions in payouts to press publishers, record labels and artists
after EU lawmakers voted to reject proposed changes to copyright rules that
aimed to make the tech companies share more of their revenues."
The publishers and record labels are also corporations. I see that our stand is to be in
the side of the “artists”. In the future we should support them to start collective
bargaining and to reach collective agreement with the new online publishers.
We should do the same with scholars, too: help them to find alternatives to the scientific
publishers. In this EU hasn’t done a great job either, although they like to promote “open
science” (in a close collaboration with the established publishers).