Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Article 13 in the EU

By Oliver Robidoux

Article 13 is a law that has passed in the EU “which prohibits banishment and guarantees freedom of movement. Article 13 of the European Union Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market, which would expand legal liability for websites.” This means there are a lot more and stronger copyright laws on the internet. Throughout Europe there are two main opinions towards this passing which are; people against it who said the vote heralded the death of the internet, while supporters congratulated themselves for saving the livelihoods of starving artists and “giving US tech giants a poke in the eye.”

From the time this article has passed, it has affected many European people. If you’re an internet user in Europe, chances are the way you use platforms like YouTube and Facebook are going to change drastically in the coming years. For example, you may see many forms of censorship on the internet. Critics have said that this would lead to controversial pre-filter systems, where everything from memes to GIFs are blocked from online platforms. Tech giants are affected because they must ensure their platforms aren’t open to copyright breaches.

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