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Say no to Article 13's censorship machine
12 Jun 2018
BY INDEX ON CENSORSHIP

To fight copyright infringement, policymakers want to force internet companies to scan literally everything users attempt to post on their platforms. If Article 13 in the EU’s Copyright Directive passes into law, an algorithm will decide whether the content you upload is seen or blocked.

Automated filters will struggle to identify the vital legal exceptions to copyright that enable research, commentary, creative works, parody and so much more. From academics and journalists to parents uploading videos of their children, Article 13’s upload filter would impact professional and ordinary content creators alike.

Our MEPs will vote on the proposed Copyright Directive soon. Please take a minute to tell your MEPs that Article 13 is a terrible idea. You can use our points below to help construct an original message in your own words.

• Creativity and free speech will be harmed by Article 13 because algorithms struggle to tell the difference between infringement and the legal use of copyrighted material vital to research, commentary, parodies and more. This is far too high a cost for enforcing copyright infringement.

• No filter can possibly review every form of content covered in the mandate including text, audio, video, images and software. Article 13’s mandate is technically infeasible.

• It is a bad idea to make Internet companies responsible for enforcing copyright law. To ensure compliance and avoid penalty, platforms are sure to err on the side of caution and overblock.

• To ease compliance platforms will adjust their terms of service to be able to delete any content or account for any reason. That will leave victims of wrongful deletion with no right to complain – even if their content was perfectly legal.

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3 responses to “Say no to Article 13’s censorship machine”

  1. Comerasamy Govinda says:

    This directive will seriously effect freedom of information and expression. Please ditch it.

  2. Make the Internet wild again.

  3. Malachi Wallen-Spears says:

    Look, I’m all for protecting everyone’s property from copyright infringement and similar acts of vandalism, for a lack of a better term. But this just isn’t the right way to do so. This just allows practically anything be susceptible to “Inappropriate Content” and “Hate Speech”, along with other false terms used by many to strike down free speech that they don’t agree with or goes against their political agenda. Let’s be honest here, since when does relying on AI to act Judge, Jury, Executioner ever truly work? Take the website YouTube for example. Due to the company’s reliance on a faulty Algorithm, there are many videos that are wrongly De-Monetized or completely removed for false statements like the examples given before, and just for simply having curse words or more mature content that is often PG-13 tops, or most often, promoting anything that goes against the leftist agenda. As, you are probably already aware, the CEO (like all of it’s parent-company, Google, and it’s grandparent-company, Alphabet), Susan Wojcikci, is a prime supporter of Liberalism. What I’m trying to say is, Article 13 will only make things worse.