I’ve recently found information about a planned EU directive that shall be voted on in June 20th this year.
Here’s the relevant directive (bold emphasis by me): DIRECTIVE OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL
on copyright in the Digital Single Market
Use of protected content by information society service providers storing and giving access to large amounts of works and other subject-matter uploaded by their users
- Information society service providers that store and provide to the public access to large amounts of works or other subject-matter uploaded by their users shall, in cooperation with rightholders, take measures to ensure the functioning of agreements concluded with rightholders for the use of their works or other subject-matter or to prevent the availability on their services of works or other subject-matter identified by rightholders through the cooperation with the service providers. Those measures, such as the use of effective content recognition technologies, shall be appropriate and proportionate. The service providers shall provide rightholders with adequate information on the functioning and the deployment of the measures, as well as, when relevant, adequate reporting on the recognition and use of the works and other subject-matter.
- Member States shall ensure that the service providers referred to in paragraph 1 put in place complaints and redress mechanisms that are available to users in case of disputes over the application of the measures referred to in paragraph 1.
- Member States shall facilitate, where appropriate, the cooperation between the information society service providers and rightholders through stakeholder dialogues to define best practices, such as appropriate and proportionate content recognition technologies, taking into account, among others, the nature of the services, the availability of the technologies and their effectiveness in light of technological developments.
So, this is about forcing internet content providers to install filters that automatically delete uploads of copyrighted materials. On first glance, this doesn’t sound too terrible, but critics pointed out huge problems with that. A very brief summary of what might be affected by article 13 is found on the site Save Your Internet that also makes it easy to contact the relevant MEPs about this.
In brief, this kind of enforced automated censorship is an infringement on free speech that may end the freedom of creative expression and information on the web as we know it.
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I think it’s necessary that we act against such efforts that threaten our freedom. I’m not interested in waking up in a world whose internet has been crippled much more severely by article 13 than by the Chinese Firewall!