You may have recently heard of Article 13 making the news or perhaps you haven’t! For many, it may have flown under the radar.
What is it? A new proposal to a European Union Directive might pass that could limit you from sharing content and earning a livelihood—not just on places like Twitch, Mixer or YouTube but on the internet at large. Unfortunately, the fallout from Article 13 isn’t limited to creators just in the EU. Everyone would potentially be affected. Even if this is your first time hearing about it, it’s not too late to do something about it.
Why are we posting about it here?
Well, it affects us as creators and us as a group. Also known as the “meme” ban, the new article will add many constraints to us sharing material in our group and in general online. If you’re looking for more, this website provides a solid rundown of Article 13.
So, what’s happened so far?
Recently, the European Parliament voted in favour of an amendment to the Copyright Directive that is intended to limit how copyrighted content is shared across online services.
As Save Your Internet states: “This proposal would require intermediaries such as Facebook and YouTube to constantly police their platforms with censorship machines, often with no human element involved in the process. It will mean that you will no longer be able to upload or enjoy the same content as you used to, as automated blocking is likely to stop (legitimate) content of ever making it online.”
Here at The Republic of Players we, of course, support reform and rights holders’ ability to be compensated for their work (this is something that is an issue on the internet) but Article 13’s approach damages free expression on the internet worldwide.
With the new constraints in place, content would be much more difficult to share this includes things like a commentary on things like video games, criticism of games, parodies, fan work etc.
There is the fear that should this article be instated, websites and small businesses will still see potential lawsuits and not being able to take such financial loss, will have to stop doing business in the EU altogether (site owners may have to just block EU users or their content).
What can you do? A few things, you can email your MEP (http://www.europarl.europa.eu/meps/en/home) about how you feel about this internet censorship and you can sign the petition (nearly 4 million signatures so far). Make a fuss and make your voice heard.