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What EU Lawmakers Mean When They Talk About Copyright (Hint: They Don’t Mean Your Copyright)

There is just no way for any online content sharing service provider (OCSSP) to even identify all rightsholders whose content may appear on their site, much less enter into licensing negotiations with them. Article 13 will lead the EU and all OCSSPs who wish to operate there toward a closed web, dominated by the works of major rightsholders and putting independent creators at a disadvantage. We urge MEPs reject the proposed text on Article 13.

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Why the EU Copyright Directive is a Threat to Fair Use

The Legal Affairs Committee of the European Parliament voted to approve the text of a provisional agreement on the long-debated Copyright Directive. This directive contains some provisions that, if adopted, will change the nature of the web in the EU. The most troubling is Article 13, AKA “upload filters”, which would reverse course on one of the web’s long-standing legal foundations, and risks damaging a fundamental aspect of copyright policy here in the U.S., fair use.

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Doing the wrong thing for the wrong reasons: Article 13 replaces safe harbors with upload filters, which won’t help artists but will hurt the internet

Parts of the music and movie industry convinced European regulators that there is a “value gap” created by some online services. Although several methods of closing the purported gap were proposed, the worst possible solution, in the form of a copyright reform package, survived and is now close to finalization in the trilogue procedure. As part of a larger renovation of EU copyright policies, Article 13 takes aim at some legal safe harbors internet companies depend on at a fundamental level and imposes obligations, such as automated content filtering, that would change the nature of services that profit from user-uploaded content.

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