Make It Harder To Utilise News In Your Content;
- It creates broad rights of ownership in terms of news and other information. The rights will be territorial and they will stack which means you could face a spaghetti junction of copyright and ownership red tape before you ever get to discuss, dissemble, or report news on a small scale.
Make News And Blogging Pay To Play;
- The huge onslaught of rights for established players would send transaction costs through the roof. Permissions would need to be sought for pretty much any usage.
- Using the smallest part of press coverage, unless its for private use, would see you running into a paywall.
- Small news outlets will be priced out of business, as will informal news blogs.
Help Big News Will Again
- The pay-to-win dynamics mentioned above will likely make existing power imbalances worse.
- Photographers, citizen journalists, freelancers, and non-institutional creators will be priced out of business.
Furthermore, a collective of 169 European Academics (two thirds of which are full professors) found that Article 11 actually provides no protection from fake news and there is “no sound economic case” for its introduction.
ARTICLE 13, IF PASSED, WILL
Make Coding Utter Hell;
- One of the most contested parts of Article 13 involves the idea of mandatory content filtering via “censorship machines”. These have caused concerns for reasons of privacy, free speech, and doubts about their actual effectiveness… However, it’s the effect on small software developers that could be really catastrophic.
- Abby Vollmera discussed how this will be a nightmare for code-sharing platforms which operate on the basis that creators want to share their code.
- Now, false positives are likely for these filters anyway, but with code it becomes much more likely. Requiring code share platforms to automatically scan and remove “offending” code will drastically impact software developers.
No Parodies, No remixes, No Memes
- With the definition of rights becoming so broad, so vague, and so changeable from country to country there’s a very high chance that remixes, parodies, and memes will be put at risk.
- Such user generated content could be seen as a breach of copyright and make those who create and share it at risk of losing it suddenly, or even in the path of legal action.
So, What’s The Tea?
If you create, share, enjoy, or otherwise follow non-mainstream news, fanart, memes, creator content, or you want to include links in your personal blog you should be paying attention.
You could find yourself on the wrong side of the paywall very, very soon.
What You Can Do:
- Tweet Your MEP’s
- Write A Letter To Your MEPs
- Raise Awareness On Social Media
- Sign This Letter
- Sign This Petition