The fan site Cecilia Bartoli Forum is going down on May 24 because on May 25 the new EU laws concerning the internet go into effect. He is concerned that as a blogger with no commercial content he is nevertheless exposed to potential fines.
I'm not in the EU, so I am ignoring this. I am minimally involved in commerce because I display links to Amazon. If they want me, they will have to come and get me. I don't collect information about anyone except opera singers and maybe conductors, directors, etc. I collect this information in my head.
The cookies law was far simpler. Blogger could simply take care of it. When I pull up my blog here in the United States, there is no cookie warning, but if I pull it up in Europe, there it is. We were wishing there was a similarly simple solution to this new situation, but no one has any idea what they need to do. So: Dear EU, if I am violating your law, you will please inform me first of what I am doing wrong and second what I might do about it. Until this happens, I'm going on with what I'm doing.
Schedule information about Cecilia Bartoli may be found on her official site. She posts occasionally on Twitter.
Footnote. People don't go into business on the internet for fun. They do it for money. Money on the internet generally comes from advertising. It works like this:
1. I pay someone to advertise my product or site.
2. They identify what type of product I am wanting to advertise.
3. They identify which internet users might be interested in my product. They do this by gathering data on what they do when on the internet.
The only alternative to this advertising model is to distribute advertisements for product randomly to all internet users. Only a very small percentage of internet users have any interest in opera. I am not even able to imagine how you would get this to work so that you actually gained viewers or sales.
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