Opposition against Article 13 of the Directive
The opposition against Article 13 of the Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market is getting stronger and stronger.
The provision obliges platforms, on which users upload contents (such as Facebook and YouTube), to automatically filter and block all the contents, for which licenses have not been concluded. Experts and academics are against the introduction of such filters and censorship, and the civil initiative is drawing attention to the negative impacts of the provision on users. Now that Article 13 is being negotiated in the trilogue, it turned out that even big organizations of right holders, especially in the audio-visual and sports sector as well as organizations representing European authors, publishers, film and music producers and broadcasters, are against the provision as it is. In their opinion, the provision bears too much of a burden regarding the notification of the infringement on the right holders.
Here is a list of just a few stakeholders that have already expressed their opposition against Article 13:
– more than 4 million signatories of the petition against the introduction of filters;
– Civil Libraries Union for Europe and other organizations defending the rights of Internet users;
– representatives of the audio-visual and sports sectors across Europe;
– organizations representing European authors, publishers, film and music producers and broadcasters.
On the other hand, YouTube is tries to impose Content ID, its filtering technology, as the standard for efficient copyright protection that should be used also by other competitive platforms. Were those, who were warning against the possible strengthening of Google’s position, right?
On 23rd of November, 2021, the European Commission has published two reports in the field of copyright, as required by Directives 2014/26/EU (CRM Directive) and 2019/790 (DSM Directive). They are supported by two studies: Study on emerging issues on collective licensing management in the digital environment, and Study on selected issues relating to the application of the CRM Directive.
A new book “Law and Artificial Intelligence: Issues of Ethics, Human Rights and Social Harm” was published (Institute of Criminology at the Faculty of law in Ljubljana, 2021), the editors of which are prof. dr. Aleš Završnik and dr. Katja Simončič. The author of one of the articles is also dr. Maja Bogataj Jančič, LL.M., LL.M., who wrote an article on the topic of whether artificial intelligence can be an author of a copyright work.
Jožef Štefan Institute is organising GO-DIP workshop series, first of them coming on November 19th, 2021 is revolving around software IP and data agreements. The GO-DIP project aims to increase the competencies of knowledge generators and intermediaries. At 15.10 dr. Maja Bogataj Jančič, LL.M., LL.M. will be lecturing in the Workshop: Development of a checklist for model digital IP agreements. Welcome!
2nd GPAI Summit will occur from 11-12 November, 2021 in Paris, France. Leading international AI experts from civil society, academia, industry and governments, including ministerial-level delegates from GPAI’s Membership, will come together for GPAI’s annual event. This public-facing event will include reporting on the ten Working Groups’ study topics, including the reporting of Data Governance Working Group (DG WG). Public conferences will be broadcasted live on GPAI’s Youtube channel. Welcome!