EU Internet Upload Filter

Article 13 of the upcoming copyright directive proposal mandates that all uploads are first put through a filter to determine whether they violate copyright or not before they are seen by other users of the internet.

Apologies if it’s already been posted here, nothing came up when I did a search for it.

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Thanks for posting this, it sounds like an even stupider idea than the cookie rules, I find it very hard to see laws like this being followed by anyone other than the richest of internet based corporations.

I just came here to share this:

EU wants to require platforms to filter uploaded content (including code)

Glad to discover @KingMob had already shared related content.

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As explained in the GitHub blog posted above by jdaviescoats this proposed law could affect open source software, and the ability to freely share code. It could also have a chilling effect on free speech, for example it may ban/restrict copying something to use for comment, research, parody …etc. And it could put heavy duties similar to those on publishers upon webhosters like us. It sounds like a bad law, typically being lobbied through by those who gain profit from DRM.

As well as GitHub, the Open Rights Group (Webarchitects are members of) are urging people to speak up:
The the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and even Internet creator Tim Berners-Lee is against it. More details of the problems at and Wikipedia and Reddit Stage Eleventh-Hour Protest Against Alarming EU Copyright Plan but the MAIN problem is the vote in NEXT Tuesday at noon. So if you oppose this, get your protest in now!

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I thought this was an interesting perspective on this that I hadn’t seen before:

This will be an unpopular perspective on the matter, so you have been warned: Article 13 only affects for-profit platforms that host and share copyrighted material. These platforms are run by big corporations that turn a huge profit by way of selling your personal data, violating your privacy, and having a persuasive (addictive) design in order to glue you to the screen so they can maximize their ad revenue, dismissing any human cost those practices entail.

You want to regain your freedom? Use not-for-profit, decentralized platforms instead. You can use Mastodon [0] instead of Twitter, PeerTube [1] instead of YouTube, Aether [2] instead of reddit, etcetera. Other interesting P2P projects are DAT’s Beaker Browser [3], and ZeroNet [4]. None of those will have problems with Article 13.

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EDIT: “Such [content-sharing] services should not include services that have a main purpose other than that of enabling users to upload and share a large amount of copyright-protected content with the purpose of obtaining profit from that activity.” This is from page 62 of the document wherein Article 13/17 is to be found.

This will be an unpopular perspective on the matter, so you have been warned: Ar... | Hacker News