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  1. I am pretty sure AO3 would be exempt from the filters because the only exemption is for non-profit websites.

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    1. ProximaShining

      As far as I know, there is no exemption. And it could be argued what is and isn't a non-profit website. Fanfiction websites do not sell the stories posted by users - but AO3 gets donations, fanfiction net gets money from advertising. Would they still be considered non-profit? And what about websites like Deviantart? Some users there upload their work just for fun, while other users gain money with it.

      Last Edited Tue 12 Jun 2018 03:30PM EDT

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      1. It is a registered non-profit. It is non-profit because well...they don't make a profit. All the money from donations goes into the various OTW projects.

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        1. ProximaShining

          Yeah. But the way the article is worded, if a website makes any money, then filtering the content is mandatory. And donations are money too. It is not important in this case whether that website makes profit. It is not explicitly mentioned that registered non-profits are exempt, only that websites that (somehow) make money are obliged to filter. Even Wikipedia, that also relies on donations, would be required to filter.

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          1. I understand but the way you were talking was implying that AO3 isn't a nonprofit and I mostly just wanted to clarify that yes, it is. That doesn't save it from these laws but I felt it was important to clarify none the less

            Edit: Also whilst it wouldn't help for Spain, Portugal, France, and Italy some countries would have a nonprofit exemption. So the "good" news is if we have to geo-block we don't have to geo-block EVERYTHING in Europe

            Last Edited Wed 13 Jun 2018 03:35AM EDT

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