What is dangerous in Article 13 for Twitch and YouTube?

Jan 22 2019 2 min read

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The European Parliament approved the sensational copyright directive on September 12, against which MPs took the floor in early July, deciding to send a document for revision. After the adoption of Article 13, the entire Internet rebelled. If the article begins to act in full force, then the changes will affect not only Europe but the whole world. For example, videos on Twitch and YouTube will look entirely different for viewers.

Article 13 requires the introduction of filters that will ensure that users respect copyright. A system of this kind currently operates on YouTube and sometimes fails, and the entry of the directive into effect will effectually oblige all platforms to introduce pre-moderation of user publications from the EU.

The article is designed to support content creators in protecting their rights in general. However, the punishment for copyright infringement will be the main problem for large platforms. For example, if a Twitch-streamer violates copyright law, then he alone is responsible for this now. If Article 13 comes into play, then the Twitch will be accountable for that too.

Youtube and Twitch, to protect themselves, will be forced to impose some restrictions on European users. Twitch streamers will be severely limited in that they have the right to broadcast on their stream.

“The content would be much more difficult to publish, including commentary, criticism, fan works, and parodies.”

So far, Article 13 has not yet taken on its final guise - The European Parliament and the Council are still discussing amendments in the text. If it is accepted in its final form, then streamers from Europe will be forced to prove that the content belongs only to them even before turning on the webcam. In turn, streamers around the world will also have to comply with this law and check their content if they want their channel not to be blocked in Europe and accessible to European users.

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