Single Status Update
On October 10 the EU will vote on a new controversial copyright reform that could kill smaller, independent online communities – just like this one.
Article 13 in the new copyright reform could make owners of forums, blogs and other platforms that is built on user generated content liable for what their users post, and the reform forces these websites and platforms to introduce complex and expensive copyright filters. Under the new copyright reform, community owners could be sued for any copyrighted material shared or used by the users of its platform that their filters or staff/moderators doesn’t catch. Clearly, this could be devastating for smaller and independent online communities that would be unable to implement filters or afford a legal team to handle potential lawsuits.
TNW has a good article on this dysfunctional proposal where Raegan MacDonald, Senior Policy Manager and EU Principal at Mozilla, warns that new copyright reform "would eventually lead to more homogenous cultural content, coming from fewer publishers and being available on fewer platforms".Quote
“I talked to smaller businesses and startups about this, or usually the one lawyer that they have on staff — if they had any at all — and just asked them: ‘Legally speaking, would you allow your platform to be open?’ And they couldn’t, because they won’t be able to shoulder that legal liability for content that the filter doesn’t catch,” said MacDonald.
Read more here: EU is voting on ‘dysfunctional’ copyright proposal October 10