Following a brief lull during the summer break, the European copyright debate is decidedly back in full swing since the end of August, with not one but two very interesting leaks so far on Statewatch.
Faithful followers of EU politics might indeed remember that, a couple of weeks ago, Statewatch leaked a European Council document in which several European countries were strongly questioning the compatibility of the copyright reform (specifically its article 13) with European fundamental rights. Today, Statewatch published another European Council document, revealing this time that Germany has also strong concerns with that same article.
First, a quick reminder – what is article 13? This article is at the center of a very heated copyright debate in Brussels, as it threatens the survival of an open and free Internet in the European Union. In short, if implemented, this article would make online platforms liable for every piece of content uploaded by their users – thereby killing the open platform model. It would also force a very broad range of websites to implement mechanisms to filter all comments, pictures, videos, etc. uploaded by their users, causing broad censorship across the Internet.
With such a threat looming over the future of Europe’s tech industry, it is crucial to see Germany join the fight against these provisions – and in such an interesting way.