The European Copyright Directive was a great victory for artists, right? The Silicon Valley multinationals were sent packing, yes?
True as far as it goes, but it does not go all the way. Now each of the 28 member states of the European Union are to adopt implementing legislation at the national level to put the Directive into legal effect and they have two years to do it. Google calls this an opportunity to continue the meddling and interference lobbying campaign.
How do we know? Because YouTube’s CEO told us so in a fine specimen of oligarchical collectivism.
In a post on the oxymoronic YouTube “creators blog” (aka Pravda Chrome), YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki tells us about the only thing that she really could say after Google’s massive dezinformatsiya campaign, but yet clearly outlines Google’s next steps during that two year implementation period:
While the Directive has passed, there is still time to affect the final implementation to avoid some of the worst unintended consequences. Each E.U. member state now has two years to introduce national laws that are in line with the new rules, which means that the powerful collective voice of creators can still make a major impact.
Especially the ones Google pays.
Google really only has a limited number of messages when it comes to copyright. Like George Orwell’s Ministry of Truth, we have Google’s own variation on WAR IS PEACE–that being COPYRIGHT IS CENSORSHIP. Given that Google doesn’t seem to have a Plan B when it comes to interference lobbying, we can bet that what Ms. Wojcicki means is that Google is going to commence the same kind of fake petitions, bot farming and paid messaging from YouTubers that were the embarrassing (and potentially illegal) hallmarks of Google’s strategy against the Copyright Directive. The only difference is that this time it will be against the national legislatures (such as the House of Commons in the UK or the National Assembly in France) instead of the European Parliament.
It’s not really the only difference, though. The other difference is that we are ready for them and we know what to watch for as do the members of the 28 national parliaments.
Americans should also realize that if you thought Google’s disinformation campaign against the Copyright Directive was bad, just wait and see what happens if the Congress should take up the DMCA safe harbor. That party is just getting started. And the party–so to speak–is all happening in Room 101–how many fingers, Winston?