Why the EU shouldn’t pass Article 13

Yesterday, the EU passed the now infamous Article 13. A law that would give content creators the ability to sue people to take down things made by them in videos and images on the internet.

Sounds good right?

No, it is not. The wording is extremely vague and can be applied too many different areas. Take a look at the first 2 paragraphs.

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 right-holders, take measures to ensure the functioning of agreements concluded with right-holders 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 right-holders through the cooperation with the service providers.

The word “information society service providers” is WAAAAY too broad. It could cover streaming services, memes, youtube, tv shows, any website, music and more. This means the creator of some content can sue ANY small creator talking about it. This hurts small creators, benefits big tech companies and is a big blow to the internet.

However, it is not officially passed until 2 years from now. Hopefully, internet opposition will be too great and it won’t pass.

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