At the end of October 2018, YouTube chief Susan Wojcicki predicted that the planned EU Copyright Directive would be a disaster for YouTubers if it were adopted.
„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.“
In Germany, this scenario was apparently taken very seriously. Many German YouTubers produced protest videos.
Since the directive affects all EU countries, however, we thought it would be instructive to compare the reaction in Germany to those of its fellow EU member states.
We have investigated what can be found in our 8 EU neighbours on protest videos against the EU directive. For this reason, the 20 YouTube channels with the most subscribers of countries neighboring Germany were analyzed for the keywords “saveyourinternet” and “Article 13” (each in the national language).
The result is clear: in the end, only 3.75% of the main YouTube channels in our neighbouring countries are opposed to the reform. German Angst Part 1 weiterlesen
The streaming platform is exploiting its community for its own ends in the controversy over copyright in Europe and hasn’t shied away from misrepresenting the truth.
The controversy surrounding European copyright reform has entered a new phase following the release of an open letter and a video addressed to the YouTube community. On 22 October 2018, YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki addressed the operators of successful YouTube channels (“creators”) in a blog post and warned them that the implementation of Article 13 would result in numerous smaller channels being shut down and in important content becoming unavailable to viewers in Europe. YouTube’s new media order weiterlesen
The New Testament narrates numerous miracles attributed to Jesus Christ. One of them is the feeding of the multitude: Jesus is described as having multiplied a few loaves and fish so that five thousand people could eat and were satisfied.
The debate over the new EU Copyright Directive towards the end of June 2018 was characterized by a similarly remarkable form of multiplication. But what was being multiplied in this case was not bread or fish, but protest – or rather the appearance of protest.
To begin at the beginning …
In September 2016, EU Commissioner Günther Oettinger put forward proposals for a Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market.
Time passed, and Oettinger moved on to a new role within the Commission, but the wheels of bureaucracy continued to churn until the European Parliament’s Committee on Legal Affairs (JURI) was due to vote on the proposed directive.
In the run-up to the vote, observers may have wryly recalled the dictum of German parliamentarian Peter Struck that no bill ever exits parliament in the form it enters it. The directive’s rapporteur Axel Voss (CDU/EPP) had the pleasure of steering a process in which numerous changes and additions to the text were negotiated before it was formally adopted by the JURI Committee and Voss was finally given a mandate to proceed to negotiations with the EU member states.
Julia Reda’s simple slogans
The only member of Germany’s Pirate Party with a seat in the European Parliament, Julia Reda, opposed the proposed legislation from a very early stage. The anatomy of an assault on politics weiterlesen