Opponents of the European Copyright Directive reasonably fear that the new law will allow companies and stakeholders, if desired, to control the actions of citizens on the Internet. It’s about copyrights to photos and illustrations that are used to create memes. It is believed that the dangers of being “regulated” are also parodies that, in fact, are the result of creativity and a completely new product.
Executive Director of Open Rights in the UK Jim Killock in an interview with the BBC states that the thirteenth article of the directive “… will establish a mode of Robo-copyright (automatic verification of copyright), that is, computer programs will allocate everything they identify as copyright infringement, despite legal prohibitions on laws requiring “general monitoring” of users, which is necessary to protect their confidentiality. “
As Killock notes, “Unfortunately, these programs can recognize repeated downloads of Beyonce’s songs, but they can not recognize parodies, understand memes that use images protected by copyright, or make any cultural conclusions about how creative people work. This already happens quite often on the YouTube platform. “
In an open letter that was sent to European lawmakers, representatives of more than fifty human rights organizations warn that certain articles of the new directive create legal uncertainty, as a result of which online services will have no choice but to monitor, filter and block messages if these services want to continue working.
Let’s explain the fears of human rights defenders on the fingers: imagine that all the wonderful memes created with the use of the picture “The Wrong Man”, at one time fall under a new law on the protection of copyright and in fact become illegal.