The European Union‚Äôs Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market takes effect June 7. It is intended to update European policies regarding online intellectual property and shelter fledgling European technology companies against competition from Apple , Google and other foreign tech giants. The irony is that the new directive may end up hampering web-based initiatives everywhere‚ÄĒparticularly the very companies it is meant to protect.
Of particular concern is Article 17, which limits the ‚Äúuse of protected content by online content-sharing services.‚ÄĚ It would make social-media and video-streaming sites liable for preventing repeat instances of copyright infringement on their platforms. These sites function by allowing people to post content freely without waiting for review by human moderators, and a restrictive standard of liability would stifle the atmosphere of user-created content and...
Already, a previous EU directive on data protection has made it impossible for me to view or download some USA websites, or news articles, as these are now blocked from European readers.
I suspect this latest EU bureaucratic directive will cause a lot of churches to stop streaming services, or even running news videos if their activities. If Britain is cheated of Brexit, which looks extremely likely, we will increasingly get stuck in an EU bureaucratic censorship.
It is hard enough for Christians to get videos on the increasingly leftist and anti-Christian video media, without the EU complicating things even further and messing things up!!