You HAVE to watch this. When asked why EU Parliament switched from opposing the copyright directive to overwhelmingly supporting it, German MEP Helga Truepel pulls no punches:
“I think it’s due to this message spamming campaign. I talked to some of my colleagues here [and they] are totally pissed off, cause in the streets there were a maximum 500-800 people last sunday… and we were only deleting emails for weeks now.”
We told you two months ago. This was not a normal lobbying campaign. It would seem that the EU Parliament agrees that Big Tech lobbying campaign crossed the line. For it is now clear the vote for the copyright directive was about much more than copyright. It became a referendum on the scummy (and possibly illegal) tactics that big tech has been using for years. SOPA, SESTA, PIPA, ACTA, US Copyright Office consultations, TPP, Net Neutrality, and Canada’s NAFTA negotiations have all seen government officials targeted with massive spam and disinformation campaigns orchestrated by Big Tech and carried out by their shadowy astroturf groups.
It’s a great day when you get to watch a democracy stand up to these arrogant Big Tech assholes and say “You have to play by our rules.” And really mean it.
Thank you MEP Truepel. They’ve been getting away with it for too long.