Blockages of platforms by article 13
Web pages, social media and YouTube censored according to article 13

You have probably already heard about the article 13 imposed by the European Union (EU). We want to clarify what is and how it affects YouTube.

The European Union has imposed article 13 in which they indicate that there can be no copyright in the content that is published or shared on the YouTube platform.

This article has been announced 2016, but until recently nobody knew what this new article involves. Google hopes that this measure is not as strict as expected as it would not be easy for platforms to adapt to this new EU law.


What is Article 13 about?

The law imposed by the EU is to block content that users have shared and this is not validated or accepted by copyright. For example a video that is shared on YouTube that contains details of another legitimate video or song, will be cancelled if the uploader does not have a copyright.

Social media affected
Social media and youtube affected by article 13

The party that will be least affected are users who share their own content. If they create their own content, such as video blogs, their terms will remain the same.

The EU has implemented this measure in order to avoid copyright infringements in everything that is published or shared on social networks; mainly YouTube. The idea behind this is to have control over the content that is published so that all users have to “ask” for permission for what they are going to publish.

It is said that the beginning of 2019 the EU will finish voting to make this article 13 official and begin to implement it. Google, as well as users who share content on a daily basis, do not agree with this new law since they do not benefit from it in any way.


What else will article 13 change?

YouTube Blocked
Plagiarism blocks videos according to article 13


Many users will be affected if article 13 is implemented in the digital world, because much of the content that these influencers publish is catalogued as copyright infringement. In order to further upload content, they would have to receive validation from the owner so their upload will not be cancelled or blocked.

Google for its part has created a campaign against Article 13, since platforms like YouTube would face severe upload restrictions for their users.

There are millions of videos around the world, some with many copyrights and others with very few. If article 13 is implemented, these videos would have to be blocked by YouTube.


Filters that YouTube has been implementing:

YouTube has a tool called Content ID in which they collect date where they can filter and classify them according to whether they have a copyright or not. But this tool, even though it might sound perfect, will not be able to consider all the details required by article 13.

Content ID has been implemented for some time now. It contains all the licenses and policies that YouTube users must apply, but these measures are not enough for the European Union.

The EU indicates that it is not enough because Content ID must be more rigid, blocking any video that does not comply with the licenses and policies implemented by the EU under Article 13.


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