Google published yesterday on the blog of creators of Youtube an alert to all European users of the service, warning that, due to Article 13 of the new copyright legislation approved by the European Parliament, it may prevent the upload of videos to the platform by part of small users.
“Article 13, as it is written, threatens to end the ability for millions of people – from creators like you to common users – to upload to platforms like YouTube,” was written on the YouTube blog.
“And it threatens to block users in Europe from viewing content that is already published on creators’ channels. This includes the incredible library of videos with educational content, such as language lessons, physics tutorials and other how-to videos.”
But what does Article 13 really say? Basically, large platforms such as Youtube, Facebook, Twitter, among others, “must take measures to ensure the functioning of the agreements made with the holders of rights for the use of their works”.
Due to the greater responsibility that the European Parliament wants to place on platforms that host copyrighted content, Google does not want to risk allowing small users to upload videos to Youtube, because “the platforms would be directly responsible for these contents.”
“The legislation is a threat to your livelihood and your ability to share your voice with the world. And if implemented as proposed, Article 13 threatens hundreds of thousands of jobs, Europe’s creators, businesses, artists and all who employ.”
“The proposal could force platforms like Youtube to allow content only from a small number of large companies. It would be too risky for platforms to host content from small content creators, because the platforms would be directly responsible for that content.”
“It would be too risky for platforms to host content from small content creators”
Google says it recognizes the importance of rights holders being rewarded, explaining that it has already implemented Content ID and a platform to pay all rights holders.
What is your position on Article 13 and the YouTube threat to stop video uploads in Europe for virtually all users?