Copyright Directive: the future of Article 17

Copyright Directive: the future of Article 17

The European Parliament has approved the new one Copyright Directive last March 26, now the ball has passed into the hands of the European Commission which will have to proceed with its application. One of the most difficult steps will surely be the one concerning the identification of the rules that will allow to observe the so-called "Article 17"(initially Article 13).

Article 17 provides that content sharing platforms such as YouTube and Facebook must be equipped with automatic filters with which to prevent the publication of copyright material. These filters must be "preventive" in order to limit as much as possible views in violation of copyright.

The aforementioned YouTube, which has for some time been a particularly advanced filter system designed to improve thanks to machine learning, is one of the major opponents to Article 17. In the opinion of the Google subsidiary, the latter was conceived in contradiction with the business model of those who manage third-party self-productions in streaming.

Finding a solution that can reconcile all the interests at stake, including those that are evidently opposed to Big Companies and publishers, will not be particularly simple, which is why the Stakeholder Dialogue Meeting which will see our country represented by the Minister of Cultural Heritage Dario Franceschini.

The criticisms of Article 17 are largely motivated by the fact that to function properly a filter system must be particularly restrictive, without guaranteeing 100% accuracy. The impression is that those who have written Article 17 do not have clear the technical limits related to the creation of an automatic content filter.

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