YouTube CEO asks creators to take action against EU copyright law. Susan Wojcicki protests against the controversial article 13
YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki expressed openly against EU copyright law and called on content creators on the platform to play their part in protesting against the legislation.
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Susan Wojcicki, CEO of YouTube, against the EU copyright law
The new legislation, in particular Article 13 of the EU Copyright Directive, imposes stricter rules on platforms such as YouTube, Facebook and Twitter to ensure that they do not infringe copyright. Critics of Article 13 state that regulation could stifle creativity on the internet, especially in the case of materials such as memes, which often rely on the intellectual property of others.
This legislation represents a threat to your livelihood and your ability to share your voice with the world, wrote Wojcicki in a blog post, and, if in force as proposed, Article 13 threatens hundreds of thousands of posts work, European creators, companies, artists and anyone who gives work.
He also added: take a moment to learn more about how it could affect your channel and take action immediately; Wojcicki also asked the creators to protest using the hashtag #SaveYourInternet.
Wojcicki said that Google, which owns YouTube, has already created a software called ContentID, which tries to identify videos with copyrighted material.
The proposed legislation and the protest against the EU copyright law come as YouTube, which was acquired by Google in 2006, is already facing other challenges such as disinformation, questionable content aimed at children and electoral interference.