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The cross with copyright!
Maybe you know: clicked on YouTube a certain video, perhaps because foreign friends have made a Facebook on it - and then this: "This video is not available in their country".
Reason: Copyright claims. Well, you think, with a few videos does not matter, there are still enough free offers in the net, just click further.
Net neutrality in the discussion
Unfortunately, it might look different soon. For some weeks now, the topic of network neutrality is being actively discussed not only in Germany. In short, this means that all content / data packets are no longer being transported in the network at the same speed.
This could mean for readers in the end, that content in the end is no longer used to - how this can look in practice, netzwertig.com has aptly described (and for the insiders: Yes, I have read the discussion about it whether it really is a true restriction of net neutrality, but it is a good example to demonstrate the effect.)
What does this mean for bloggers?
For the reader, this restriction of freedom is already not nice, but for bloggers, it could mean even more: That the own blog is much slower, readers and thus revenue fall away.
New evidence for an old debate
The debate about net neutrality is not new - lately, however, there have been several attempts by network operators to restrict these, as netzwertig.com at a glance shows: The Spanish telephone company Telefonica, for example, announced its intention to ask content providers to pay.
telecommunicationsChef René Oberman defended a differentiated pricing of data transmitted in the telecom network. And Google allegedly negotiated with US telecommunications provider Verizon for a preference for certain data in Verizon's networks for a fee.
However, critics fear that the changes will not happen suddenly and unexpectedly, but will gradually creep in: there will be a charge for a data package here, then you pay extra for a service - until finally freely available content, as we know it today, of the past belong.
On the other hand, there has been resistance on the website of the Initiative Pro-Netzneutralität (Virtual Network Initiative). The fact that there are not even 10.000 signatures so far is presumably due to the fact that it has so far hardly been possible to find a broad public for this important but complex topic.
Twitter is the broadcasting media
Regulatory claims on Internet content, which is spread in blogs or at Twitter, however, there might also be from other side.
The Bavarian Prime Minister Horst Seehofer had stated at the opening speech of the Munich Media Conference on Wednesday, Internet was broadcasting. Private broadcasting is regulated in Germany by the state media authorities. The managing director of the Bavarian State Media Authority BLM, Martin Gebrande, relativised the statement of the Prime Minister on Wednesday in a podium discussion to the effect that broadcasting is a linear medium that must be suggestive. Moreover, in Bavaria there would only be an obligation to provide information for radio-like online services such as Web radio or WebTV so far, if they would reach more than 500 users in their streams.
5.000 Euro for Twitter channel with more than 500 followers?
Munich-based Isarrunde has drawn the following conclusion from these statements: "Should the Bavarian State Government stay with the statement of Horst Seehofer and if one understands the statements of the BLM managing director, Martin Gebrande, correctly, then would have about a Twitter account with more than 500 Followers on Broadcasting. "On Twitterers with over 500 followers could then cost of 5.000.
In order to prevent this and gain legal certainty, the Isaround has registered its Twitter channel, and only this one, as a broadcast offer on the Internet. Michael Praetorius personally handed over the completed form from the BLM website to the managing director of the Bavarian state center for new media, Martin Gebrande, to display an internet broadcasting program. If the BML accepts the registration, the Isarrunde-Twitter must pay 5.000 Euro.
What's the point?
But not only: such a decision would probably affect all other Twitter channels. So can we pay all 5.000 Euro soon? For Praetorius, whom I asked with a phone call on Tuesday exactly this question about the deep meaning of the action is about more:
"If the Landesmedienanstallt refuses the application, one can discuss its raison d'être as regulator. However, if you agree with the application, a Bavarian authority will be entitled to Twitter - and that's something you have to discuss in any case! "
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