Europe Copyright reform may affect Open Source Ecosystem
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Europe is planning to bring in new copyright law, which would require code sharing sites to monitor copyright content to avoid potential copyright infringement. The proposed Article 13 of the EU Copyright Directive targets every online service that allows its users to upload and share content with each other, including code hosting platforms.
Against this background, this proposal provides for measures aiming at improving the position of right holders to negotiate and be remunerated for the exploitation of their content by online services giving access to user-uploaded content. A fair sharing of value is also necessary to ensure the sustainability of the press publications sector. Press publishers are facing difficulties in licensing their publications online and obtaining a fair share of the value they generate. This could ultimately affect citizens' access to information. This proposal provides for a new right for press publishers aiming at facilitating online licensing of their publications, the recoupment of their investment and the enforcement of their rights. It also addresses existing legal uncertainty as regards the possibility for all publishers to receive a share in the compensation for uses of works under an exception.
The issue was between a popular music company and Youtube. Music company had uploaded the content to Youtube and they claim that they didn't get their fair share in revenue. To overcome this kind of problems, EU is coming up with new law to protect the copyright and value of the author and their content. The proposal is to have a upload filter where the online service should ensure that uploaded content is not infringing any copyright. This is difficult to validate and there could be lot of false positives. Monitoring the content which is meant for free is against freedom. This will affect open source eco-system.
There is an exception for not-profit organization but a profit company like Github providing non-profit code sharing platform may be in trouble. Most of profit organizations do 50% of non-profit stuff and they will inturn affected by this law. Request the audience to sign the petition.