Save Youtube!

Save Youtube!

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Article 13 (part of the European Copyright Directive) is coming, and it’s going to stop you from watching or spreading anything on pretty much any platform that has user-generated content – Roblox, YouTube, Twitter, Discord, Facebook, and much more than that.

What is Article 13?
Well, put simply, it’s a section of EU law which holds the platforms responsible for any copyright infringement, instead of the person who uploaded it to the site.

Isn’t this done already?
Yes, and no. Most platforms (being mainly based in the US) follow US safe harbour and US DMCA regulations, which means platforms are not liable for content other people upload. Of course, it would be unreasonable to let havoc run wild, so the best compromise we currently have is to have platforms take down the content once they are told about it by the copyright owner. That’s fine right now. However, with Article 13, this won’t matter, since this law says the exact opposite – platforms are liable for content other people upload. Since obviously lawsuits after lawsuits would make them broke, this means that platforms would be forced to limit uploads to specific channels they know hold the copyright to their content.I’m not in the EU, do I have to worry about this?
Certainly. When sites have to comply with varied laws in lots of countries, they usually just go with the strictest ones and enforce them worldwide – remember when you got a ton of e-mails about “we’ve updated our privacy policy” in about May when you weren’t even in the EU? Yeah, that was the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation, which is part of EU law now. In other words, it’s highly likely you’ll be affected in the same way as those in the EU.

What does this block?
Memes, let’s plays, and anything that uses any copyrighted work without asking first. By “copyrighted work”, that can mean logos, other people’s memes, and anything that you haven’t created yourself, really.

I’m in the EU, how will this affect me?
You can’t watch any user-generated content, and you can’t upload any user-generated content…unless you make your own site, but then it’s not exactly user-generated. Or if your friend is really nice and is willing to get sued for you if you happen to upload copyrighted content on their site.

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