EU rapporteur doubts YouTube’s right to exist

Mar

14

2019

in relation to copyright directive
Axel Voss, a member of the European Parliament who led the negotiations for the Copyright Directive, states that if platforms such as YouTube aim to give people access to copyrighted material, we must consider whether they have a right to exist.

In an interview with Deutsche Welle about the new EU copyright directive, German MEP Axel Voss says that platforms such as YouTube have created a business model with the ownership of other people, namely copyright protected works. “If the purpose of the platform is to give people access to these works, then we must ask ourselves whether these types of companies should exist.” According to Voss, the new legislation improves the situation for the European creators industry.

Voss also says that the impact of the renewed EU Copyright Directive is limited. “We focus on platforms such as YouTube that infringe copyrighted works. Only 1.5 percent of internet platforms are affected.” He points out the exceptions in the current version of the renewed EU Copyright Directive, where only small sites that are no more than three years old are more or less exempted from the obligation of Article 13, namely the obligation to prevent copyright infringement. protected material is uploaded on platforms.

This renewed copyright line has received the necessary criticism, in particular Article 11 and Article 13, with the first article dealing with the ‘link tax’. The criticism mainly focuses on article 13. According to critics, this article will lead to a situation where websites feel compelled to set up upload filters, because it will prove difficult or impossible in practice to conclude license agreements with all conceivable authors.

The German privacy watchdog also warned of privacy issues and a UN expert recently ruled that the new EU Copyright Directive is not in line with international standards for freedom of expression. According to him, the information diversity comes under pressure from article 13. The criticism is also that the filters are not able to make a good distinction and will therefore also block content that is not protected by copyright.

Agreement was reached behind closed doors on the final text of the Copyright Directive. This agreement followed after France and Germany reached a compromise . The directive will be voted on definitively during the plenary session in the European Parliament between 25 and 28 March .

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