Article 13 Passed By European Parliament – What Happens Next?
The freedom of the internet has already suffered a great blow after Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica scandal. However, it seems the aftermath of this incomparable privacy breach will continue to soar the entire internet world in the years to come as well. Another blow to internet freedom comes as the European Parliament passes the long-debated Article 13.
What Is Article 13 All About?
Article 13 is a dedicated law of the DIRECTIVE OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL on copyright in the Digital Single Market that relates to sharing of copyright content. In simple words, the law controls the sharing and resharing of copyright content even on the platforms hosting user-generated content like Facebook and YouTube.
According to the Article 13 subtitle mentioned in the EU Directive, the law deals with,
“Use of protected content by information society service providers storing and giving access to large amounts of works and other subject-matter uploaded by their users”
This rule obliges all tech giants hosting online platforms, such as YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook, to upload content filters to monitor the sharing of copyright content. What creates trouble for the tech giants is that this directive directly holds the services responsible for copyright infringement in case of violation of this law.
What Follows The Approval Of Article 13
In March 2019, 438 MEPs voted in favor of the Article 13, making it approved by the European Parliament with a clear a majority over 226 votes cast against this law. The supporters of this directive clearly deem it a victory for user-privacy and sharing of content with due acknowledgments to the content creators.
However, those who are against the rule have made very strong arguments highlighting the downsides of Article 13. For them, Article 13 is just another step towards the death of internet freedom.
As put up by the opponents of this idea, Article 13 shall directly hit the online entertainment sector. This will not only include the music channels but may also pose a ‘ban’ on ‘memes’. Such content restrictions may even cause you to suffer from your VPN no internet access windows 10 or any other system you are using, the moment you come across any content infringing the article 13 when using a VPN while trying accessing an otherwise restricted content. In short, what generally perceived from the interpretations of this law is that article 13 will directly attack the freedom of speech and the freedom of sharing content, including music.
While the European Parliament has passed the law with a clear majority, this doesn’t mean an immediate implementation of article 13. For now, the directive needs to be implemented by individual countries in the EU. It now depends on how these countries devise their laws to support article 13. They may either choose to implement the regulation in its exact form and upload content filters, or they may create their laws differently. It may take some time to get a clear picture of how the implementation of article 13 affects internet freedom.