European democracy

No meal is free, economists say. In the sense that every good or service provides costs and the right compensation, otherwise it is not a cost or service that can be on the market. This also applies to information, which provides meals in terms of news, inquiries and analyzes. Not just information, but also a picture, a video, a film, a book, a musical motif. Behind there are people who worked to produce them. For this reason we must positively welcome the vote of the European Parliament in Strasbourg, which voted for the majority of the reform of copyright on the Net, requiring the compensation of newspaper publishers, producers of music and cinema and any other work produced by the individual or collective talent.

Copyright is a very important concept of democracy, freedom and progress. If we do not pay intangible products capable of enriching a society, then we end up weakening those who produce them, with serious consequences for the quality of a democracy. It is no coincidence that there is a common thread between the development of social media, which has made such an immoderate use of these products, looting them without limits, and growing populism in Europe and the world. The American president Donald Trump, who has also based his campaign on the use of social media, has always attacked the newspapers calling them “bankrupt and liars”.

It is claimed from many parties that copyright could lead to restrictions on the Internet. And why? What restrictions are we talking about? Only by virtue of the fact that it gives a price and therefore a price to the news and to any other creative product? It is a ridiculous argument. The real censorship is to forbid or burn a book, as in Fahrenheit or as the Nazis in Bebel Platz in Berlin, not to pay its editor and its author, so that they can support themselves and produce other books for the benefit of the community. Just do not understand why you have to pay a newspaper at newsstands and not his own articles produced by the same newspaper and disseminated online.

The vote of the European Parliament, will put the most authoritative press in terms of doing their job better, because the authority has costs. One of the problems of the advent of social media, which of course have also produced many advantages, is certainly the flattening of news, all accessible, all the same, all usable, from the “fake news” produced by a drunk at the bar or a group of hackers at the service of the powerful on duty, until the journalistic investigations of great quality, able to unmask the powerful or get as close as possible to the truth.In this campaign against copyright on the Net, populists have been found on one side and large aggregators on the other, capable, with a hammering work of lobbies, of delaying the recognition of a sacrosanct right, that of the author, of the publisher or producer of culture and information. An industry that generates over 500 billion euros each year through copyrights, severely compromised by the unfair methods of the Web giants who, for their “immateriality”, have not paid taxes for years and now would not want to pay the contents of which they are carriers with their algorithms. Do you want an example of what the European Union needs? Well, the day before yesterday, with this vote, Strasbourg managed to give it.

Sovereign politics

That of the sovereign is a serious work. Take Trump, inspired by politicians from all over Europe. True, the president of the United States continues implacably with his aggressive and isolationist foreign policy: he has raised a wall with Mexico, he has cut off funds to the Palestinians, promises to cancel the UN funding for refugees, has brought down the Turkey’s currency in retaliation and perhaps there is its hand in the Argentine currency crisis, which is throwing millions of people into poverty.