UN Rapporteur David Kaye speaks against EU copyright Article 13

UN Rapporteur David Kaye voiced serious concerns about European Commission (EC) Article 13 of the Copyright in the Digital Single Market Directive in a missive to the EC. He especially notes his fear that the directive ‘would establish a regime of active monitoring and prior censorship of user-generated content that is inconsistent with Article 19(3) of the ICCPR‘, and mentions concerns regarding pre-publication censorship, concerns regarding ineffective remedial mechanisms, and concerns regarding the disproportionate burden on nonprofits and small content sharing providers. Kieren McCarthy also reports in The Register that Internet luminaries urge EU to kill off automated copyright filter proposalciting an open letter from the group of Internet pioneers to the EU ‘urging it to scrap a proposal to introduce automated upload filters, arguing that it could damage the Internet as we know it’.