EU Commissioner Gunther Oettinger Admits: Sites Need Filters To Comply With Article 13
from the the-lies-come-out dept
EU Commissioner Gunther Oettinger — well known for being a bit of a bigoted Luddite — basically crafted the plan that became the EU Copyright Directive when he was the Commissioner for the “Digital Economy” (despite not knowing anything about it). As you may recall, for many months now, supporters of Article 13 (now Article 17) have insisted that it doesn’t require filters. They would shout down anyone who pointed out that it clearly does require filters.
But now that it’s passed the EU Parliament, the truth is coming out. Last week, we noted that France’s culture minister admitted it required filters to comply (and that he wanted sites to start installing them as soon as possible). And now, Oettinger himself is admitting that filters are required under the Directive (translated via Google):
EU Commissioner G?nther Oettinger , also does not believe that the CDU model will prevent the filters. “I am convinced that the guideline sets relatively clear guidelines,” says Oettinger. “As things stand, upload filters can not be completely avoided.”
What’s truly incredible about all of this is just how vehement these guys all were about how the directive didn’t require filters and how much they insisted that the complaints about Article 13 were all “disinformation” and “propaganda.” Now the truth is coming out. The disinformation and propaganda had been coming from those who pushed for Article 13 in the first place. It’s truly incredible that they basically have started admitting this just days after the Parliament’s vote.