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‘Major damage’ to the internet, warn pioneers

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If Europe websites are required to have automated filters to install, that the internet is ‘major damage’ cause. That is, in an open letter that is signed by Tim Berners-Lee and Vinton Cerf.

If the ‘Article 13’ of the new European copyrightwet implemented, threatens the internet change from an open platform, in an ‘instrument for surveillantie and control of the users’. That alarming message 70-odd heavyweights of the internet, including Vint Cerf (co-inventor of the TCP/IP protocol and so the ‘father’ of the internet), Tim Berners-Lee (inventor of the World Wide Web) and Jimmy Wales (founder of Wikipedia).

Europe, currently a major adjustment of legislation in the field of copyright. The adjustments should, inter alia, to ensure that authors and rights holders to be better remunerated for the use that is made of their work. On 20 June, a draft of the new Copyright directive submitted to the Legal Committee of the European Parliament.

In the now infamous Article 13 states that services such as Facebook and Youtube agreements have to connect with rights holders, such as the music and film industry, about the use of protected works online. But above all: they must ‘take measures to the effect of those agreements to ensure’, to ensure that users are not just music or tv-series can upload. The European member states should work together with rights holders to determine what ‘appropriate and proportionate’ technology.

According to critics of the new legislation, this text is only one way to be read: internet companies will be required to have automated filters to install that every illegal upload block. And because technology is not infallible, will be a lot of uploads of users are incorrectly blocked. Because the internet companies will be the certain for the uncertain, to fines, to avoid. Jokes, parodies and memes would wrongly be stopped.

The Tuesday sent an open letter acknowledges the ‘good intentions’ of the European Commission: ‘Because we do creative work, we share the concern that the revenue from the online use of copyrighted work is fair should be distributed’, in the salutation. “But Article 13 is not the right way to do that. The will internet platforms commit to all of the content that their users upload, automatically filter.’

Youtube has today already have such filters, and it is often complained that it was too strict. That problem would, for the implementation of Article 13, anywhere on the internet popping up. The text of Article 13, it says there as well – but in one sentence – that there is a ‘mechanism’ whereby internet users may complain that their uploads incorrectly denied. But that the critics are not reassured.

It is remarkable that the signatories of the open letter mostly to residents of the US, all is Tim Berners-Lee, a Brit. Vint Cerf now works for Google, a company that large consequences would be affected by the new legislation. But the letter states that the major Us internet platforms are not the main victims were, because who can afford to use such filters to design. Their smaller European competitors, and start-up companies, will have a harder time with the new obligations, warn them. Also, websites like Wikipedia would still be hard work if such filters are introduced.

In addition, the automatic filtering of all uploads may infringe on other European legislation, including the EU charter of fundamental Rights.

The new Copyright directive is still no law in Europe. First, the European Commission, the European Parliament and of the Council of ministers of the agree on a text. In that phase, there can be a lot of change (all warn the campaigners that the democratic control of this complex process is not that large). Since it is a Directive, which then in the legislation of the European member states to be imported before the new rules are in effect.

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