A new censorship vector and a way to stifle competition all in one

NBCNewsTech leaders and digital rights activists in Europe have expressed dismay over new rules they say could change the open nature of the internet forever — and potentially kill meme culture.

They have been fighting against Article 13 of the proposed E.U. Copyright Directive, which would place responsibility for enforcing copyright law on websites and platforms, rather than individuals.

It would mean that any website or platform that allows users to post images, footage, sound or code would have to use content recognition technologies — branded "censorship machines" by critics — to filter out just about anything that infringes on a copyright, and either prevent the platform from uploading or push it to seek licenses.

Leaving aside the issue of censorship, this would be the end of websites or phone apps that are run by startups or individuals. It would strangle innovation, at least until some enterprising tech giant set up a "copyright service" available at low cost to startups and small websites. And once that "copyright service" was in place, well, suddenly it has market power that it can leverage, and that the government will leverage for censorship.

This entry was published Tue Jun 26 10:18:44 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger and last updated 2018-06-26 10:18:44.0. [Tweet]

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