After Insisting That EU Copyright Directive Didn't Require Filters, France Immediately Starts Promoting Filters

from the because-of-course dept

For months now we've all heard the refrain: Article 13 (now Article 17) of the EU Copyright Directive would not require filters. We all knew it was untrue. We pointed out many times that it was untrue, and that there was literally no way to comply unless you implemented filters (filters that wouldn't work and would ban legitimate speech), and were yelled at for pointing this out. Here's the MEP in charge of the Directive flat out insisting that it won't require filters last year:

Over and over and over again, this is what they insisted. Of course, we all knew it wasn't true, and the German government quietly admitted that filters were necessary a few weeks ago. That didn't stop the vote from happening, of course, and the Parliament questionably moving forward with this plan. Still, it's rather striking that just a day after the vote, as pointed out to us by Benjamin Henrion, France's Minister for Culture gave a speech in which he admits that it requires filters and hopes that France will implement the law as quickly as possible in order to start locking down the internet. The quotes here are based on Google translate, so they may not be perfect, but you get the idea. Incredibly, in talking about the Directive, Riester starts off by saying that the passing of the Directive was "despite massive campaigns of misinformation" which seems rather ironic, since it's now clear the misinformation came from those who insisted it didn't require filters, because soon after that he says:

I also announce that the Higher Council of Literary and Artistic Property, the HADOPI and the CNC will jointly launch in the coming days a "Mission to promote and supervise content recognition technologies".

In other words, now that the law is passed, it's time for everyone to install filters.

Riester also suggests that France may be the first to transpose the Directive into French law, meaning that it may be implemented long before required under the Directive. As he said: "there is no time to lose on this subject." If you're a site that has any user-generated content in France, good luck. Your government just sold you out. Of course, if you're a company selling filters, I guess send your lobbyists over to Paris quick and cash in.

Filed Under: article 13, copyright, eu copyright directive, filters, france, franck riester, minister of culture

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    nasch (profile), 28 Mar 2019 @ 3:30pm


    Please stop with the line breaks. Use the preview button, and consider if that looks like something you would like to read. Here is your comment formatted more reasonably:

    If i was an artist i,d do a cartoon, in the middle is a giant robot, with dozens of arms, crushing ants or small creatures. The robot is the eu commission, the ants are small artists, creators whose freedom is now almost gone. They have the choice of signing up with old legacy companys or else face having most of their content blocked in the eu. The eu web will be ruled by filters and bots which will likely block most content uploaded by users
    or mainly only allow content licensed by sony, fox, cbs etc which is properly licensed.

    Maybe the council for liberty can explain how this magic filter can work ,it ,ll block all illegal content, while allowing uploads that are reviews, parodys, fair use, commentary. And explain how small websites that do not have millions to install filters will not shutdown, eu countrys have 2 years to bring in laws to follow the directive. Each country could have slightly different laws, depending on how they choose to follow the directive based on their constitution. There should be a sign in front the eu commision. Artists, creators, welcome your robotic overlords. Content filters,algorithm,s ,bots .

    See how much more readable that is? I mean it still has many serious problems, but it's much better, and actually easier to do that way.

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