Saturday, October 27, 2018

EU Copyright Directive could become less extreme as Italy and perhaps other countries want to soften it; also, Facebook's copyright filters now

Danny O’Brien writes for Electronic Frontier Foundation that the EU Copyright Directive is now deep into its “trilogue” phase., where the Parliament in Brussels negotiates with all the member countries on how to implement it in each country. 

A sizable minority had opposed Articles 11 and 13, believing it was driven by facetious, turf-driven ideology and would be harmful in practice. Now Italy has joined the fray, and there is some reasonable hope that the articles could become much weaker when implemented next year.

Spain already had the strongest version of the link tax, and did not allow publishers to opt-out, fearing that some publishers could deliberately lowball others. Despite Google’s pulling its news service out, Spain still has the law.  Spain seems to want all content to come from local publishers, a kind of caricature of Trump’s MAGA thinking.

Also, there is more to report on how copyright filters work in the US.  Facebook has been pulling live videos with background music at demonstrations.  Apparently major copyright holders like Sony already have filters installed into Facebook (Article 13 style) to stop uploads now. This seems even more pro-active than Google’s Content-ID.  I’ve previously discussed a situation where a video of mine was flagged for background music at the Smithsonian, but it did not result in a copyright strike.

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