French officials call Project Gutenberg archive, 15 million ebooks, Grateful Dead recordings and Prelinger Archive "terrorism," demands removal from Internet Archive

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Originally published at: https://boingboing.net/2019/04/11/one-hour-service.html

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They want to burn down the library to catch a mouse.

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#3

Aaaaah, French bureaucracy. Finest in the world.

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“If you do not comply with our ridiculous demands, we will cut off our noses to spite our faces!”

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#5

These sound like the kind of vexatious demands that people would make to demonstrate what a moronic idea the law is.

Bravo on OCLTIC for taking that kind of theatre in-house?

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#6

The word terrorism has lost all meaning when data is labeled terrorist.

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Is wasting their time on nonsense like this the reason why every European terrorist turns out, after the fact, to have been ‘known to the police’ but not subject to any special attention?

Snark aside, bullshit this broad makes one fear for what they’ll do when they get to the ‘selective harassment of the inconvenient’ stage. All of Project Gutenberg(terrorist content, some texts from back when ‘anarchists’ were the terrorists of the day); the Grateful Dead and Prelinger Archive?

Even aside from the fact that there’s no way the Internet Archive can comply, even with all the goodwill in the world; it seems like nobody could be bothered to put the slightest sanity check in.

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#8

Some of what SCP deals with gets close; but I don’t think they use that term; except occasionally when fabricating cover stories.

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How has the IA checked, that these emails are legit? While EU bureaucrats can pull funny stunts, this smells like a false flag operation.

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Sounds like the play here is to take the EU ban? These not for profit orgs don’t really have much to fear from losing access to the “EU consumer market,” which is the real threat here, no?

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#11

Exactly. The boy who cried wolf comes to mind.

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#12

When did the Southern Baptists take over Europe, and why didn’t you all report it?

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#13

Well, anybody who has been wondering why there are so many corporations and politicians who want to kill net neutrality and enact the filtering that the EU voted to require, now you know. CENSORSHIP. They want to make it illegal for you to use the Internet to spread anything they don’t like - anything and everything from competitors’ ads to dangerous opinions like the idea that people who live in a democracy should vote. Welcome to the dictatorship of the dictators, proles.

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They don’t give a damn about sanity. They want CONTROL. Control at any price is fine with them, because we pay the price.

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And it’s only the beginning.

Personally, I’m fine with them setting up a firewall and blocking their citizens from accessing the Internet Archive. Maybe it will motivate the citizens to sort these fuckers out.

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#16

Given the corporate flavour of Article 13, they’re burni it down to serve the Mouse.

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#17

As bad as Brexit is, you could make the case that the Brexiters fears of arbitrary abuse of power by EU bureaucrats is not misplaced.

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#18

I guess there’s is nothing scarier for a governement than an informed population…

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The Internet Archive has published the following correction:

“CORRECTION: This post previously identified the sender of the 550 falsely identified URLs as Europol’s EU Internet Referral Unit (EU IRU). The sender was in fact, the French national Internet Referral Unit, using Europol’s application, which sends the email from an @europol.europa.eu address. The EU IRU has informed us that it is not involved in the national IRUs’ assessment criteria of terrorist content.”

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#20

Nah, they just wanna burn it down, meeces and all.

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