Mandatory Internet filtering and The War on Memes

In the last blog post we talked about the nefarious article 11 in the proposed new Copyright Directive, and why most experts agree it is a terrible idea. It is now the turn to look at yet another bad proposal in the Directive, and it is Article 13. We now have a very good idea of what the final text of the directive will look like, and it is raising all sorts of concerns by people who are familiar with the inner workings of the Internet. Article 13 is an attempt to modify the intermediary liability regime that allows services to operate when users could be uploading infringing content.The idea for over 20 years has been that providers are not liable for the content uploaded by their users unless they have been made aware of such infringement. Article 13 will eliminate this safe harbour and will make intermediaries more liable. The text reads: “-1.   Without prejudice to Article 3(1) and (2) of Directive 2001/29/EC, online content sharing service providers…

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