This is very important:

"Article 13 of the Copyright Directive will force internet platforms (social networks, video sites, image hosts, etc.) to install upload filters to monitor all user uploads for copyrighted content, including in images – and thus block most memes, which are usually based on copyrighted images.


It will come down to every single vote. (...) The NGO EDRi has made a list of key swing votes:"

This will affect .

I have sent e-mails to the MEPs. Have you?

Every e-mail counts. I know this, because years ago I was an activist fighting similar odds on the ground:

So send your e-mails, call your MEPs. Block Article 11 and Article 13 of the Copyright Directive.

Article 13 requires online platforms to filter content upon upload.

This is ridiculous - whether or not particular use of copyrighted content is legal tends to be a complicated matter, with years of court proceedings to establish that.

Expecing an algorithm to make a decision like this in a split second is asking for trouble.

So, here's a couple of decisions made by algorithms already used by YouTube for a very similar purpose.

You tell me if this makes sense.

1. NASA's Official Mars Landing Video Got Taken Off YouTube Over Bogus Copyright Claims

"The Curiosity Rover may have landed safely on the surface of Mars, but like all good things, it's not invulnerable to completely bogus takedown requests.

(...)[T]he video was rendered unavailable due to a copyright claim by Scripps Local News."

2. YouTube Identifies Birdsong As Copyrighted Music

"I make nature videos for my YouTube channel, generally in remote wilderness away from any possible source of music. And I purposely avoid using a soundtrack in my videos because of all the horror stories I hear about Rumblefish filing claims against public domain music. But when uploading my latest video, YouTube informed me that I was using Rumblefish's copyrighted content"

3. YouTube Content ID is flawed for Classical Musicians

"Content ID (...) often mismatches commercial classical recordings with original performances of the same classical music which are in the public domain. So when classical musicians post their original performances on YouTube, there will often be advertisements to monetize that video. The uploader is not the one who profits, but rather it's the record label that owns the rights to the commercial recording."

@rysiek the links to write a mail (or otherwise contact your MEP) are in the second comment, in case someone misses them in the article as I did.

@rysiek Exactly this happened to Valentina Lisitsa. YouTube algorithm confused part of her performance with the recording of Glenn Gould. And guess what they did. They just removed 1.5 minutes of music right out of her performance.

This is not just "flawed'. This is outrageous.

@rysiek Good god, man. You're on social media, stop providing evidence of your arguments, you make the rest of us look bad

.@sullybiker fun fact #2: this uploaded Spiderman meme would get blocked under Article 13.

Call your MEP!

@rysiek is it prudent for non-EU citizens to email? In other countries, representatives will ignore anything outside of their local populace.

@rysiek do you have specific advice for non-citizen residents of the EU? Or can we call too?

@rysiek Your very own profile picture needs to be deleted under this law!

And how does an individual like me hosting a Mastodon instance have the resources to implement a content filter like YouTube's? Is this a great way of outlawing decentralization and making it impossible for small players to get into content hosting websites?

@njoseph @rysiek

I don't even know how that would work, technically. Is there a central database of copyrighted images against which to compare? Couldn't sysops override the filter in cases of Fair Use (or even ignore it by default)? How is posting a still image on social media not automatically Fair Use anyway?

@woozle @njoseph these are all great questions that nobody who supports Article 13 can answer.

Go ahead, ask them. Fun to be had!

@rysiek @woozle Maybe if someone can do a calculation of how many trillions of euros of potential loss this will be to the EU economy, this issue will be taken seriously.

@njoseph @woozle yeah, but focusing on the money is just playing the game of the big media conglomerates. They will win this game because they can make any absurd claim they want. And they will always be taken seriously.

We have to argue on a more basic level. Money is not everything.

@njoseph exactly. The only way this could work is by Google providing an API (paid, of course!) to their Content ID thing, I guess. And everyone using it.

What a great idea. Not.

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