EU Article 13 passed. Does It Affect Markethive?
The EU just passed a highly controversial law that many fear could stifle online free speech around the world. What’s going to happen now that Article 11 and Article 13 have passed? Will this affect Markethive?
Article 11 and Article 13 are two EU laws that critics say will cause content platforms to filter their content.
By making content platforms responsible for users’ copyright violations, the EU’s Article 13 will prompt them to start filtering content. This is impossible to do by hand, especially for large platforms. As a result, websites will most likely use automatic filters to comply. Automatic filters lack the nuance to separate fair use and satire from copyright violations, meaning that innocent content like memes will also be affected.
The EU’s Article 11 will allow media outlets to charge platforms for hyperlinks that the platforms’ users make. Platforms are likely to respond by blocking those links, making it harder for people to share content online.
What just happened?
On March 26th, 2019, the European Parliament voted 348-274 to pass the Copyright Directive, which includes Articles 11 and 13. The directive’s overall goal was to update EU copyright law for the digital age.
Rather than being a direct regulation, the directive is more like a binding order obligating EU countries to pass similar laws within two years. This could lead to chaos as different countries enact different laws, but it is likely that smaller countries will generally follow larger countries’ leads. This will also be the case for content platforms, who will probably comply with the laws of the largest countries in the EU bloc. The result will still probably be a single, shared EU copyright law.
The EU Council will have to pass the law as well, but at this point, it is unlikely that the outcome will change. This means that Article 13 will take effect in March or April of 2021 if countries stick to the two-year requirement.
There’s still some time until member countries start implementing these EU articles and we see how they’ll impact internet use, but the impact may be felt around the world.
There is a way around it, thanks to Markethive
With this recent legislation enacted, namely Article 11 (link tax) and Article 13 (designed to stop users uploading copyrighted content by forcing platforms to build massive filters or face huge lawsuits and fines), Markethive simply gives you your own domain for all your content, videos and images to originate from. When you join Markethive you receive (for free) a CPanel control panel and WordPress system built into your assigned domain, a subdomain of hivesfeed.com. Essential your link will look like this; username.hivesfeed.com. This way you control all your content, without the worry or hassles of government overreach and anti-freedom regulations designed to stifle the start-ups and the small entrepreneur.