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Understanding the Latest Updates on Article 13 and Taking Action

Published: December 2, 2020

Understanding the Latest on Article 13: A Creator’s Guide

Article 13’s recent updates have sparked extensive conversations in the content creation community. In this post, we aim to dissect the latest news on the EU Copyright Directive’s Article 13 and offer practical guidance for creators eager to influence the legislation.

The Backdrop

Previously in November, we presented a video summarizing Article 13’s impact on content creators. For those not yet briefed on the subject, we suggest viewing that video to gain a well-rounded understanding.

What’s New?

An agreement on the directive’s final wording was recently settled upon by European lawmakers, with a definitive vote scheduled for the week commencing March 25th in the European Parliament.

The Repercussions for Creators

There has been much speculation about whether this final draft will benefit creators. Legal analysts who have examined the latest text identify certain enhancements over the initial drafts from September last year. This evolution reflects the significant influence of creators who voiced concerns to shape a more favorable outcome.
Yet, unease remains over how Article 13 could still potentially disadvantage European creators.

Contentious Clarity

Ambiguities in the ratified text notably cast doubts on the operational aspects of content control prior to receiving claims from copyright holders. To avoid potential litigation, platforms like YouTube might take a conservative approach and block content selectively.
Areas lacking clear direction include:

  1. The detail required from copyright holders to identify content appropriately;
  2. The diversity of content (like images or artwork) that platforms need to license; and
  3. The possibility of imposing new legal duties on creators is still uncertain.

The vagueness in these key areas is a significant hurdle for both digital platforms and content creators.

Looking Ahead

The upcoming parliamentary vote is a critical chance for creators to reach out to Members of Parliament. Through proactive engagement using the resources we’ve linked to at the end of this article, you can articulate your concerns before the vote takes place and become an advocate for creators’ rights.

Your Voice Matters — Keep Making a Difference
Your ongoing involvement in this important issue is greatly appreciated. Keep raising your voice. Our collective efforts can safeguard the interests of the creative community and ensure our collective voice resonates powerfully.

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