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”>Mar 25, 2019
Article 13 of the EU’s new copyright directive
Article 13 of the EU’s new copyright directive has sparked huge controversy online. What’s Article 13 ?
Article 13 is the part of the directive that dictates how copyrighted content – including TV shows, films, videos and pictures – is shared on the internet. It dictates that anyone sharing copyrighted content must get permission from rights owners – or at least have made the best possible effort to get permission – before doing so.
It’d force all online platforms to police and prevent the uploading of copyrighted content, or make people seek the correct licenses to post that content. For the most part this would mean filters that check content as it’s uploaded would be mandatory for platforms including Facebook, Instagram, GitHub, Reddit and Tumblr, but also many much smaller platforms.
YouTube already uses such a system – called Content ID – to protect copyright infringement, but the technology to do this is extremely expensive and has taken over 11 years to build and refine.
The law would force social media platforms to take more direct responsibility for policing uploaded content. Big tech companies will likely put their own, costly solutions in place for doing this. Smaller companies would likely use a more centralized platform.
Everything you upload as an EU residentonto the internet will be checked for copyright beforehand. Each territory is governed by its own copyright laws – you as a non-EU resident might not be directly affected.
The CCIA, which represents global tech firms including Cloudflare, Google, and Facebook, had warned the U.S. Government against the EU’s copyright reform plans. According to the tech giants, Article 13 could result in significant economic consequences for the U.S. digital economy, with a possible ripple effect on the rest of the world. The tech companies note that EU officials have identified US companies as the intended targets of these proposals. They fear that the plans will result in implicit upload filter requirements.
“Under Article 13 of the proposal, the Directive now implies that online services must procure or develop and implement content recognition technology. The decision to compel affirmative filtering of all Internet content, including audiovisual works, images, and text, based on that content’s copyright status, is alarming and profoundly misguided.
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