Monday, 31 December 2018

Article 13 and EU Copyright Law Explained: This is How Europe will Destroy the Internet


The new EU copyright law is going to have drastic affects on the freedom and openness of the Internet. Beyond banning memes, Article 13 of the European Copyright Directive 2018 will result in automated surveillance and centralized control of the Internet.

The directive makes online platforms liable for the content generated by their users. That means that on top of punitive and vaguely worded terms of services, Internet gate-keepers like Facebook, Google, or Twitter will be required by law to proactively monitor and censor content.

These online platforms will be required by law to create automated mechanisms to filter infringing content. Such technology would essentially turn into “upload filters”. These automated filters won’t be recognizing between infringing and legitimate content, like parodies, satire, commentary or other instances of fair use. To balance the flaws of automated upload filters, the directive also requires platforms to build staffed systems for filing complaints for illegitimate takedowns.

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There is talk of a link tax in which payments would be made for linked articles. This will cause a massive decrease in information sharing. With the battle between the alternative media and the mainstream we should see the further dumping of mainstream and the establishment of larger independent media outlets that ALLOW linked content. Ultimately attempts at censorship will result in creative ways around the censorship.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, December 31st, 2018.]

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