DATE
Wednesday 22 January 2020
VENUE
La Cave
SLOT
14.15
ORGANISED BY
reCreating Europe

Panel Description

The new Copyright in the Digital Single Market (DSM) Directive was published in May 2019. Its most controversial provision is Article 17 (ex 13), which creates a new liability regime for user-generated content platforms, like YouTube and Facebook. The new regime makes these platforms directly liable for their users’ uploads, without the possibility of benefiting from the hosting safe-harbour. This forces platforms to either license all or most of the content uploaded by users (which is near impossible) or to adopt preventive measures like filters. The likely outcome is that covered platforms will engage in general monitoring of the content uploaded by their users. This panel will discuss the issues raised by Article 17 DSM Directive and the model of algorithmic enforcement it incentivizes, with a focus on the freedom of expression and data protection risks it entails. The panel will discuss the following issues and questions:

  • Article 17 of the Copyright in the Digital Single Market Directive creates a new liability regime for user-generated content platforms.
  • Does this provision introduce, de facto, the controversial upload filtering systems and, as a result, the general monitoring of information in content-sharing platforms?
  • Is Article 17 essentially in conflict with the GDPR and, in particular, the principle of data minimisation and the right not to be subject to automated decision-making processes? What are the potential consequences of this provision on users’ freedom of expression?
  • If Article 17 can negatively affect data protection and freedom of expression, what are the possible legal and extra-legal responses to neutralise the risk?

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