European lawmakers this week will be deciding on a controversial copyright reform that is likely to affect how and what content is uploaded online.
It is said that the directive, which is supported mostly by artists, authors and creators, aims to protect creators by forcing those who upload or link to their work online to pay. It will also hold websites such as Facebook and YouTube responsible for the content their users upload.
However, critics say that the broad rules could impact parodies, remixes, and even articles and websites. The directive’s Article 13 in particular, was slammed and many have pointed out that it could be used as an upload filter. Filtering is likely to be done automatically and there is a risk that such systems may “over-zealously” ban too much content.