Continuing the discussion from EU Copyright Directive just passed through Parliament:
The EU Copyright directive and censorship system was just passed, and it’s pretty lousy. The full impact is still unknown, but the main problems we know of now are:
- Required filtering system for anything that could possibly be copyrighted. This at least is restricted to more popular sites. But what about a forum that’s part of a larger site? Unclear
- Link tax - Linking and excerpting to a site and including anything over a couple of words is not allowed. Unless I’m mistaken, this applies to all sites, not just large ones.
One of the constants in forum discussions is linking to other sites and quoting from their articles to further the discussion. This has always been considered Fair Use, unless people are posting the entire contents of an article (which also happens frequently and should be moderated).
My suggestion is to add this feature to Discourse:
- Allow blocking of viewing or using the forum from a list of geographic regions, such as Europe. Ideally with a message to display to those people.
- Allow restrictions on where user accounts can be added from.
These could be useful either way if you get a lot of spam from a particular region that would not realistically be reading your forum.
(I’m going to be moving my forum behind Fastly anyway, and I’ll handle this there instead. Just giving feedback)