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EU Seeks to Control Video

Hopefully David will be back soon from his travels, and will be posting again.

He's likely to join those Brits who are trying to stop the EU from forcing everyone who creates video to be licensed like a television service. This ridiculous new rule would force personal websites to register. (Hat tip: Michelle Malkin)

According to the Times, "Viviane Reding, the Media Commissioner, argues that the purpose is simply to set minimum standards on areas such as advertising, hate speech and the protection of children."

But those standards already exist in Britain.

". . .Shaun Woodward, the Broadcasting Minister, described the draft proposal as catastrophic. He said: 'Supposing you set up a website for your amateur rugby club, uploaded some images and added a link advertising your local sports shop. You would then be a supplier of moving images and need to be licensed and comply with the regulations.'

"The draft rules, known as the Television Without Frontiers directive, extend the definition of broadcasting to cover services such as video-on-demand or mobile phone clips.

"Ministers argue that while television programmes should be subject to minimum standards, the content of websites should not be subject to EU regulation.

". . .Ofcom, the media regulator, is also opposing the proposed directive, which it believes could discourage new multimedia business in Europe."

Unfortunately the EU is by nature a regulator. In a person its obsession to control and regulate would be seen as a sign of madness. In an aspiring superstate, it is a sign of tyranny.

Mr. Woodward is seeking support from other EU countries. You can support him by calling your MP, and telling him you want Britain out of the EU.

Update: Richard North of tội cá độ bóng đá qua mạngeureferendum is less concerned about this issue than those of us bloggers on this side of the pond. Working to the theory that the EU almost always creates trouble for free people, we will keep an eye on developments. The principle that MPs should hear is clear: Government has no business compelling the registration of video bloggers. Those evil enough to put up child porn are breaking laws already on the books, and should be dealt with. Though we dislike "hate" speech, we support freedom of speech except where that speech is calling for the death or physical harm of another person.