The EU Parliament legal branch voted to pass new copyright laws on June 20th that might change the dynamics of internet culture as we experience these days, which possibly means no more memes and GIFs. The Committee took the first step in passing notorious copyright law that will surely censor the internet. The new set of laws hails as the Copyright Directive is still considered as a sketch of the plan and waits for a vote from the full European Parliament.
Internet professionals and sponsorship groups are concerned that it will happen to be the gateway for online restrictions and surveillance. This internet legislation is planned to protect copyright holders but will also become a hurdle for open internet users and proscribed of unauthorized stuff. The Copyright ordinances consist of two articles that call for internet corporations to install filters for content to avoid the upload of illegal copyrighted content in the European Union.
“By changing the accountability model and making the platforms accountable for the legality of content, the business models and investments of large and small platforms will be affected,“say the 70 in their letter to the Speaker of Parliament European, Antonio Tajani.
According to the letterto Eu, 70 experts and activists, including Internet pioneers such as Vint Cerf, Tim Berners-Lee (I World Wide Web inventor), Brewster Kahle, founder of Internet Archive and Jimmy Wales, co-founder of Wikimedia Foundation, fear that this law will convert internet into a “tool for automatic monitoring and control of its users”.The implementations could also harm shared sites like Wikipedia, Reddit and GitHub.
“Tragically, the only point of disagreement that remains in the Council is whether this proposal is bad enough or should be worse,” says Member of the European Parliament, Julia Reda.
Usually, websites are not responsible for content published by the users on it, like a YouTube vilified but never endorsed. The committee ought to remove these excuses. From now onwards, they will be considered accountable for everything published on their website. Serious measures will be implemented regarding filtering the content if any copyright disobedience found. The committee is also trying not to impose filtering so that the right of freedom of expression is protected.