If you agree with this

If you agree with Julia Reda on EU copyright reform, Danish MEP Jens Rohde will call you a communist, again.

I don’t like being called a communist, as I consider it a horrendously dangerous and inhumane ideology.

On the other hand, Rohde isn’t exactly an authority on a lot of stuff, if any.

I may not agree with everything Reda does, but I support her work to protect our freedoms of expression.

As you may have heard, Article 13 would establish “censorship machines” that surveil all your posts on internet platforms and scan them for supposed copyright infringement. If these filters don’t approve your upload, it will never go online.

Upload filters would prevent any video using even the shortest snippets of sports broadcasts from seeing the light of day: Commentary, supercuts, sports-related memes (like Neymar rolling) and other valuable fan works will be blocked automatically.

Filters can’t tell whether your use of such a snippet (e.g. a 3 second video of a particularly interesting goal) is permitted under a copyright exception – such as the one for quotation or parody – or not. To avoid legal responsibility, platforms will err on the side of caution and block everything that may be an issue. You’ll need to manually fight through an appeals process for even the most perfectly legal posts.

But it’s in combination with a new, extra copyright, which some in the European Parliament are pushing for, that upload filters could really get nasty:

A new copyright for sports events?

Without any prior discussion of the issue, the Legal Affairs Committee of the European Parliament narrowly voted to demand that a new article be added to the reform bill:

Legalese:
Article 12 a
Protection of sport event organizers
Member States shall provide sport event organizers with the rights provided for in Article 2 [reproduction] and Article 3 (2) [making available] of Directive 2001/29/EC and Article 7 [fixation] of Directive 2006/115/EC.

In plain English:
In the EU, sports event organizers shall have exclusive rights to reproduce, make available or record their events.

This new right would make it illegal to take snapshots of or film e.g. a football match from the audience, with your own phone or camera. Fan vlogs, selfies in the stadium, documenting choreographies would all be caught by this proposal.

This right would give clubs and leagues an unprecedented amount of control over what fans can do in the stadium. They could choose to selectively enforce this right to e.g. suppress reports of protests or bully inconvenient fans.

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