Two proposed European copyright laws were voted on and passed on June 20th that could end internet freedom once and for all. Although the Copyright Directive has snuck up on the general public, it’s been in the works for quite a while and the reverberations if voted into law will be felt worldwide.
Article 13 copyright proposal forces websites to install upload filters that would automatically censor anything regarded as a copyright violation. This means images, audio, video, code, photos, text and other media would have to be scanned using “content recognition technologies” before being published on a platform-even the written word. Article 11 was also voted on, which imposes a “link tax”, where even the shortest snippets of news articles must be licensed.
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