By Julia Reda
December 1, 2017
Article from Motherboard
Europe Needs to Duck Internet Upload Filters
The internet has radically democratized creativity. What previously required special recording equipment, contracts with distributors, and a major financial investment is now accessible to everyone for free: The opportunity to reach a global audience with your work.
While corporate broadcasters have seized on the internet's advantages as a distribution medium for their content, the much more fundamental impact on our society is that it has allowed everyone to become a broadcaster themselves on an equal footing. But that equal footing is now at risk.
For the past year, a fight has been brewing in Brussels. A draft law currently making its way through the EU lawmaking process would force all internet platforms where you can upload media to install so-called upload filters. Their job: To surveil all your contributions on behalf of big media companies, trying to detect copyright infringement and stop it before it ever sees the light of day.
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