European Parliament considers: uploaderfilter comes

In the context of auteursrechtenbescherming of the European Parliament are planning to continue to a uploadfilter mandatory. Critics worry about the consequences: the internet of tomorrow, there can be significantly different than the internet of today.

The purpose of the uploadfilter to material that is copyrighted, from the internet, unless this is made available by the copyright owner, the parties themselves. Such as, for example, an album on Spotify or a movie trailer on YouTube. ‘Article 13’ is specific to the parts of this kind of files by other internet users.

Now it happens that often in retrospect: a site like YouTube to find yourself a number of your favorite artist under a film, have mounted, and takes therefore the whole video offline. For artists, that is, namely, a thorn in the eye, they get no direct revenue while their work is being shared.


Sites will be required in advance in to intervene. Big names like Google and Facebook succeed in that, perhaps; they have strong algorithms have been developed. Smaller sites may, however, perish, as they do not have the manpower to have every upload to verify that the technique will simply not be able to pay.

It is also fear that large internet companies, therefore, gain more power to determine what to do and what not ‘allowed’ to see or share on the internet. This also applies to the so-called ‘linktaks’, which also agreed. This section gives news organizations the right to make demands as soon as other sites for their articles to link to.

Freedom of speech

The idea behind it is noble. Online journalism ” is not a pot of fat – revenues from ads running thanks to adblockers, each time further back, and readers have gotten used to it that they are all free to read. Re-appear right here, big internet companies, especially to take advantage of. They can pay this fee, smaller sites don’t and thus the freedom of expression is compromised.

Incidentally, it still takes quite a while before we see the actual consequences are going to experience. Anyway, there follows the beginning of 2019 is still a final round of voting, which it is expected that this result is not materially going to change. Then it is up to the member states themselves to their own interpretation of the law, as well as an approach that is the necessary confusion.

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