The European Union are looking to introduce new copyright laws in Europe which are called Article 13, unfortunately these new laws could make it impossible for companies like YouTube and others to offer their content in Europe.
YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki has published a new blog post where she has revealed that YouTube could end up blocking their videos in Europe because of these new rules.
The parliament’s approach is unrealistic in many cases because copyright owners often disagree over who owns what rights. If the owners cannot agree, it is impossible to expect the open platforms that host this content to make the correct rights decisions.
Take the global music hit “Despacito”. This video contains multiple copyrights, ranging from sound recording to publishing rights. Although YouTube has agreements with multiple entities to license and pay for the video, some of the rights holders remain unknown. That uncertainty means we might have to block videos like this to avoid liability under article 13. Multiply that risk with the scale of YouTube, where more than 400 hours of video are uploaded every minute, and the potential liabilities could be so large that no company could take on such a financial risk.
You can find out more information about Google’s stance on Article 13 and what it could mean for fans of their YouTube platform in Europe at the link below.