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Article 13 of EU Copyright Laws: what is it and how will it affect creators?

As most of our readers probably know, governing bodies of EU recently finalized the wording of Articles 11 and 13 of copyright laws. Those are articles are extremely controversial and unpopular among creators and web platforms they are based on. Why is that? Let’s take a look.

What those articles imply?

First of all, what those articles regulate, and why people that do not live in Europe should worry about them? Basically, Article 11 and Article 13 tighten the noose around creators’ neck, as they make copyright infringement more imposing and costly.

Article 11 will introduce a tax on hyperlink posting. This tax will be put on all resources that could post hyperlinks preemptively. Article 13, in turn, will require an AI to filter any copyrighted materials to stop them being posted on the Internet. As both of those articles will demand preemptive actions from websites, you can see how that would hinder any web source, whether it shares copyright materials or not. Not to mention possible infringement on a free speech.

Why should non-EU residents care?

This is a fair question. After all, those laws don’t concern you if you live in USA or Russia. At least, not directly. However, most of the platforms will need to follow those rules. Unless they want to lose the access to their EU audience.

As such, YouTube, Twitter, Twitch and etc., will change their content policy. To the worse. Furthermore, let’s be honest, most of their content policies were not very good before. After all, free speech infringement is not a new accusation against them. But do we need it to worsen even more?

Of course, it is not certain that those articles will come to pass. They were declined by governing bodies before, and there is still a big push against them. Still, it is better to prepare for the worst, I believe.

So, what could we do to make sure it will not pass? If you are a EU resident, then you should organize and make enough fuss to catch more attention about those laws that could destroy content creation as we know it. Talk to authorities, make groups, prepare petitions – whatever you can think about. However, if you are not based in EU, you can only raise awareness and hope for the best.

That’s what I’m doing.

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