#Article13 has lurched back into life due to a last minute Franco-German deal:
Any profit-making site over 3 years old will have to install YouTube-style automatic copyright filters on all uploads.
In practice, they would have to outsource it to Google etc. Big tech would choose what we see, even on tiny indie sites.
Please tell your MEPs today, in your own words, that this is not acceptable. They vote on this next Monday:
I normally like your posts but now you are spreading misinformation by omission.
"Annual turnover below €10 million" are excluded.
You call a site with 10 million euro turnover a tiny indie site?
"Fewer than 5 million unique monthly visitors" are excluded.
Small sites are not affected at all.
With 10 million/year there is no need to outsource to Google.
Otherwise I have no opinion pro or against article 13.
No, you've misunderstood the proposal. Small sites are most definitely affected.
You have to be under three years AND under 10 million euros income AND fewer than 5 million unique visitors if you want to be exempted from the rules.
If ANY of those are untrue, then you have to have upload filters. So, if your site is over three years old, you have to have filters.
The link I gave gives examples of this.
To put it another way, under Article 13 upload filters would be mandatory for all these sites:
-profit-making site over 3 years old
-profit-making site over €10m turnover
-profit-making site with over 5 million visitors/month
The last two options include only large sites, but the first option includes even the smallest sites if they have any kind of income.
@switchingsocial I went back to the site and, yes what you say appears correct. So please ignore my post and carry on.
I went in to the actual pdf in her article and it's not super clear that it's about technical filters.
By the first look it seems like they want to stop sites breaking copyright law. TOS forbidding posting of stolen content and then taking down such content when reported, that seems to be enough?
I'm no expert. First time I look at that article.
The current situation is piracy is illegal, but the platform holder isn't liable as long as they take action to remove illegal uploads.
Article 13 would make platform holders liable for uploads even if they remove them immediately. The only way to avoid liability would be to prevent pirated material ever being uploaded, and the only way to do that would be filters.
(By the way, this doesn't just cover video or music, it would cover text too. Every post would have to be scanned.)
@miya I'm not affiliated with switching social at all and am no expert. We're discussion copyright law in EU, and to my knowledge piracy, as in spreading copyrighted material without permission on big Internet sites, is illegal in most EU countries, if not all. But of course I'm no lawyer.
@miya All right, fair enough, I see so many trolls everywhere, also in the mirror sometimes, so I might have been too quick there. Sorry.
Interesting points you make here. I'm producing © sometimes, but I am also a fan of creative commons and open source. I think the mix of available license options is pretty good for art, text and software.
I like that the creator, not the pirate, decide over the license, but I respect the political discussion.
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