‘Article 13’ and the Proposed Filtering of Online Content — Creed of Caledon

I wish to depart from my usual subject matter to bring your attention to an urgent issue. The European Commission is considering the implementation of laws that will impact independent blogs such as this one, as well as WordPress in general. Basically, ‘Article 13’ is part of a proposal to amend copyright law within the […]

via ‘Article 13’ and the Proposed Filtering of Online Content — Creed of Caledon

You will have recently seen some of my posts making reference to Article 13, l am now researching the far and further reacing implications and consequences to this seriously damaging topic to bloggers such as ourselves. Creed of Caledon here in his post sums up pretty much what many of should be reading into with a serious head on.

6 thoughts on “‘Article 13’ and the Proposed Filtering of Online Content — Creed of Caledon

  1. I understand his argument (although I take offense to some of it), but Article 13 will not destroy the internet. There is a fine line already with memes because, truth be told, they do violate copyright and many of the images used are taken without permission, but once something goes “viral” it is hard to take down. Article 13, to my knowledge, does not remove Creative Common licencing options. Therefore, if people feel that they cannot create good content without having copyrighted images on it, then the problem lies with the individual, not the law.

    1. I am curious about it. I use YouTube a lot as you will know, l also use Imflip and Pixabay, l always award the right links to everything, however it will all come down to how ‘if passed’ the implications on how it is policed.

      I create Memes using Imgflip, from what l can gather for the resource itself, that the images within are granted safe to use.

      I use YouTube again as you know when l am creating the links to the song lists or the film lists l display.

      As far as l am aware l never knowingly use material that l am not allowed to use, but l think that the ramifications of this could be bigger than many realise, and could seriously affect the freedom of both expression and creativity that many bloggers and writers alike use to highlight parts of their writing.

      1. Youtube itself would not be affected by Article 13…”creators” who built their entire channel around memes would be. The funniest thing about all this is that the US has similar laws, we just don’t enforce them…the EU wants to. We have what is called “fair-use” which means you can use a clip for a review/editorial/etc. What you cannot do is take a still image and alter it (create a meme). It violates fair use. Did Donald Trump give his permission for a “creator” to insert a picture of him up a horses butt? Of course not. Does it damage his reputation? Depends. But now you have a meme.

        We all know stealing it wrong, and many would not consider walking into a store and stealing something physical, but few stop to think about the images on the computer.

        I don’t know Imgflip, but as long as the creator has a noted CC (creative commons) license, then you can use that image anyway they have allowed. Some have no restrictions, some do. Since you use pixabay, you are aware of the different kinds of restrictions. Will it hinder some people? Maybe. But then is posting a meme really being a creator? Images that fit a piece may take more effort, but there will always be individual creators out there willing and wanting to share their work.

        1. Whilst l know that l am only using sites and moderating and regulating myself within their code of conduct.. l know that many do not.
          The problem we have is that the EU would try and see this through and then attempt to police it and in so doing would victimise people not at fault. I can see this leading to an almost 1984 world.
          Mostly it seems to read like a war on Memes, and whilst l don’t only rely on memes obviously, l do use them as an example to highlight the Random quotes series. I don’t have to and as l have the quotes below, of course l could work it differently
          But the EU once they get a bee in their bonnet tend to pick at it until it becomes a bloody sore.

        2. They are protecting the rights of the creator though. Which is good…especially considering the EU is/was pirate central for online videos (I’m still bummed over losing my favorite British site). There are still plenty of CC images that can be used to create memes, its just that people don’t want to go that route because it’s funnier to do things they way they are.

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