Friday, December 30, 2016

"10 everyday things on the web the EU Commission wants to make illegal" #01

OK, after moving to the second example, I realized the subtle difference with the first: I got example 01 and 02 mixed up, and while the previous post was really discussing Julia's second example. Example 01 is really about snippets of publications, like quotes. Now, before you argue that quoting is legal, realize that depends on specifics in various jurisdictions, and, as Julia writes:

"[..] in many EU countries, sharing an extract without further commenting on its substance is not covered by that exception".

So, I hope this post provides enough commenting and substance. But that clearly does not apply for modern way of dissemination of science via Twitter.

01. Sharing what happened 20 years ago

Anyway, now I got a kickstart for the first example too: both tweets were actually about news of close to twenty years ago: both publications are of about 20 years ago! So, take the first tweet with the title of the Nature News article, but now with a quote.

This will be illegal for commercial entities, and possible me too: there is no significant commenting. It practically means that covering the news of the past will be practically illegal or very hard at least, or at least to some, where some is ill-defined, because of the proposal is very unclear about who can and who cannot.

Oh, and if you're not already freaked out: it's retroactive. That is, happy cleaning up the past 20 years of dissemination you did and figure out where this example applied. Nice excuse to not do research!

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