Copyright reform can put an end to Internet freedom
Copyright reform can put an end to Internet freedom

In recent years, the fight against piracy of live sports broadcasts has made mechanisms that are constantly scanning the network to eliminate any possible video of goals, celebrations or any element of a football game, especially in social networks like Twitter, YouTube or Facebook. Now, this is going to become even more restrictive with photos that the fans themselves take in the stadiums.

Copyright reform can put an end to Internet freedom

The criticized copyright reform that the EU wants to make poses a serious danger to freedom of expression, including elements such as memes, remixes of songs, software developers, etc. However, a new group of people could be affected by this “reform”: sports fans like football from all over Europe.

The Article 13 of reform talks on creating software to monitor all posts on online platforms and analyze to see if there is presence of material that may infringe copyright. If these filters do not approve the upload, the content will not be published.

This will make even a photo or a short video of just a few seconds of a sports broadcast never get published on the network, unlike what happens now where it usually lasts a few hours online. This would make any type of content made with sports photos, including memes or videos with modified sound, blocked and can not be shared on the network.

Gifs and amateur videos would be blocked immediately

These filters can not determine if you are using a part of a video under a copyright exception to make a joke, but they block it directly without asking and you can do nothing, because prudently prefer to eliminate everything that may generate conflicts. In case you really want to post it, you will have to claim it manually, and that takes time.

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However, Article 13 is not the worst of all, but Article 12a states that “only the organizer of the sporting event shall have the right to record, publish, reproduce or share videos and photos of the specific event “. Therefore, fans can not take pictures or record videos of football matches from the stands with their phones or cameras.

This will make videos like vlogs, selfies or any capture in which the game is seen would be affected under this new article. The filters mentioned above would be responsible for blocking them immediately, although hours later there is no sense in protecting that content, which only promotes these events among more people.

The European Parliament will vote on this law on September 12. Julia Reda, member of the Pirate Party and who has made public the appearance of this new article, recommends, through SaveYourInternet.eu, to show the discontent before the European parliamentarians. In particular, he talks about liberals, conservatives, and socialists (including Spaniards), either by email or call.

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