Let’s talk for a moment about our European Lurkers…
Thanks to some greedy idiots in charge at the EU (or as Youtuber CaptainSparklez calls them, “old people”), they are enacting something even worse than the United States’ ill-fated “anti-net neutrality.” Article 13 (and Article 11) will stop our EU-based Lurkers from being able to watch the channel any more.
Not due to a copyright issue. Everything we show is either Public Domain, or we have broadcast rights on the items that aren’t public domain.
The issue is, under Article 13, if we don’t own the actual copyright itself for each movie we show, we can’t air the material in the EU. Keep in mind, we show Public Domain movies. Meaning there is no copyright for them. According to Article 13, there is no public domain.” Either you hold copyright, or you don’t. And if you don’t, you can’t broadcast that movie.
So you can see the bind that leaves us in. A good 24% of our viewership comes from the EU. And we’re about to lose them entirely.
By now you’re probably saying “But I don’t live in the EU, so what can I do?”
Here’s a handy-dandy link telling you exactly what you can do, no matter where you are:
As always, #KeepLurking!