Is Article 13 going to bring dark times for the Internet?

I’m Rudolf, a 22-year-old blogger who actively blogs about the important issues that are going around the world.

I’m sure by now you must have heard about the passing of Article 13. Will it ‘ruin the internet’?

That question will only be answered with time, but for now, let us understand what Article 13 really is.

It is the 13

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article in the lengthily titled “Proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on Copyright in the Digital Single Market”. This is a complicated and longwinded series of proposals on copyright law in the EU.

Article 13 will force websites and online platforms to use the automatic tracking technology for detecting if the users are uploading content and making sure that they haven’t shared copyrighted material.

Till now, the onus was on the uploader to ensure that they don’t breach any copyright laws but Article 13 would make websites and online platforms responsible for ensuring that.

In my opinion, this is an unnecessary move especially given the situation of small-scale YouTube channels and content creators. While the internet heavyweights like YouTube, Reddit, Facebook, Tumblr, and Twitter will be able to easily afford automatic filtering technology but the problem will come for the newer websites.

Another big issue would be the fact that most companies looking to save time and resources would directly ban the copyrighted material without giving the new uploader a chance to appeal. 

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