The fee for sharing content on the Internet is unique in surrounding countries. They call it "Google Tax" to show that it does not affect you. That is something that is just a commercial issue between private companies. It affects all users. All enterprises. In all kinds of present and future projects.
Remember the first time you went online? I quickly found out what it was: a large collection of links to other places to find new content, knowledge access and sharing experiences. Internet based (or WWW) is Hypertext. Link. Limit your use affects fundamental rights such as freedom of expression, information and education. Access to the Internet and their content is a human right recognized by United Nations (PDF). Internet is an essential part of human knowledge.
The reform of the Copyright Act passed yesterday in Congress, in a special meeting in the Committee on Culture, criminalizes the use of the link and share content. Inalienable right to make an appointment on no significant content published on sites periodically update fragments.
Even lets you choose to share your content for free or by using a copyleft license. You can not give to a private entity, in this case the CEDRO (Association managed by copyright and intellectual property of authors and Spanish publishers), collect a fee for you to be distributed to the media of the association of Spanish newspaper editors called SAFE.
Like you're not in AEDE, or you can be because it is not a newspaper printed payment, these companies are divided between them the spoils. Checkmate.
They call it "Google Tax" to show that it does not affect you. That is something that is just a commercial issue between private companies. It affects all users. All enterprises. In all kinds of present and future projects. Until such an awesome project like Wikipedia are affected. The solution of these companies is clear: leave Spain and erase the country on their calendars internalization of new projects and innovative initiatives. Spain disconnected from the developed world.
This law is a clear example of how an appropriation of the commons is done for the benefit of some private companies that are minority in Internet. If you look at your audience and add their page views, their contents are not majority against user-generated platforms and other Internet companies. Win extractive elites. Lose the citizen.
The fee for sharing content on the Internet is unique in surrounding countries. The legislation that is closest to the Spanish is the German. However, this quotation right there it is waived. In practice, the German media are being added on sites like Google News and these companies do not pay for bind. Everything remains as without law. German media discovered later they would lose more than winning. The Spaniards have not yet been heard. The editors of these companies do not even know how their own digital media works. The chairman of the Culture Committee of Congress does not even know what a link.
The new law also considers that linking is an act of public communication. Therefore liable to be penalized by an infringement of copyright. This same legislation gives new powers to an administrative commission, known as the Sinde Commission, which is responsible for deciding what is or is not an offense, something that until 2010 was in the hands of judges.
The Popular Party government with the support of the opposition, whose amendments are even tougher than those proposed by the Popular Party, increases the penalty for this type of offense. By including a simple link to a content management committee considers that this is inappropriate, the fine is established between 30,000 and 300,000 euros. Fine of € 30,000 to a Spanish startup means closure. 30,000 euros for a link that can be uploaded by anyone. Up for your competition. They may even go against users sharing these links. And everything is in the hands of an opaque committee, whose members are not known officially. We found out through a leak to the media. All an incentive to encourage the development of new technology-based firms, innovation and progress in a country with 24.47% of its population unemployed.
Spain lost the train of development in the industrial revolution. Science and technology have always been a marginal reality in Spain. We continue with the same political rejection of innovation and progress. We prefer to kill the future to try to keep obsolete business models but then otherwise stated. In 2008, to go modern, Google grant to the Prince of Asturias Award for Communication and Humanities for "promoting widespread access to knowledge." Now they must think we're crazy.
The Spain portraying Ortega y Gasset in his 1921 book, "Invertebrate Spain" is still in force. The "come back tomorrow" Larra. The political and social elites have changed little. From "Let them invent!" Unamuno to "a California company has invented a computer program that is sinking the business model of the taxi drivers," published last month by the Socialist deputy José Andrés Torres Mora and PSOE spokesman in the Commission of Culture.
It would be very amusing if it were not because we played our future. We live in a connected world where the economy and wealth of society flows through new business and organizational models. We are about to miss the boat again. We are playing with the future of our society. The society of the next 100 years. Any Spain disconnected?