YouTubers could be 'banned from uploading videos'

YouTuber's could be banned from uploading videos due to new controversial EU copyright rules, it is claimed by the CEO of the company.

Susan Wojicicki has criticised the European Parliament's vote to approve Article 13, and believes that it "threatens to shut down the ability of millions of people".

Wojicicki voiced her opinions in YouTube's quarterly letter and stated that the new rules could also "threaten hundreds of thousands of jobs".

Article 13 is a new requirement which would mean that YouTube would have to prevent copyrighted content from being shared and uploaded by creators - meaning even videos with TV or music playing in the background would be banned.

At the moment, the video platform allows remixed copyright material to exist on its site under the Fair Use Act.

Wojicicki wrote: "This legislation poses a threat to both your livelihood and your ability to share your voice with the world.

“And, if implemented as proposed, Article 13 threatens hundreds of thousands of jobs, European creators, businesses, artists, and everyone they employ.

"The proposal will force platforms, like YouTube, to prioritize content from a small number of large companies. The burden of copyright proof will be too high for most independent creators to instantly demonstrate.

"There is a better way forward for copyright online but it’s critical you speak up now as this decision may be finalized by the end of the year.”

Taking to Twitter, Wojicicki said that YouTube understands "the importance of all rights holders being fairly compensated" which is the reason that the company built Content ID, along with "a platform to pay out all types of content owners".

She added that the company were "committed to working with the industry to find a better way".

In July, the European MPs rejected the copyright law which would have banned users from sharing links and memes online, but met in September to discuss the issue, reports The Mirror.

Article 13 would put more pressure on platforms where users share content, such as Facebook and Twitter, to enforce copyright laws.

The Copyright Directive could affect anything from the music in the background of a video, to memes, which regularly use stills or quotes from popular culture including movies and TV shows.

Save Your Internet, a campaign against the proposals, claimed Article 13 would also affect gamers' live-streaming, the ability to remix music, the sharing of parodies, and the ability to share links, as well as discussion sites.

Such a move would require online platforms to employ a way to scan all content before it is published.

World Wide Web founder Tim Berners-Lee and Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales were among the critics of the proposed measures, who argued that the impact will fall most on ordinary users of the internet.

The pair expressed concern in a letter signed by 68 other technology leaders, stating that Article 13 would require internet sites to "embed an automated infrastructure for monitoring and censorship deep into their networks”.

"For the sake of the internet's future, we urge you to vote for the deletion of this proposal," the group said.

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