The European Parliament JURI committee will be voting on 20th June 2018 on reforms of the EU copyright laws (full law proposal). According to a Creative Commons article titled 'Act now to stop the EU’s plan to censor the web':
The final copyright directive will have deep and lasting effects on the ability to create and share, to access and use education and research [...]
The author also argues that Article 13 would limit freedom of expression since copyright-filters would have a hard time distinguishing fair use from unauthorized copyright use.
[...] it puts into jeopardy the sharing of video remixes, memes, parody, and code, even works that include openly licensed content
FSFE's Openforum wrote an open letter, supported by GitHub, Debian, LibreOffice, SUSE, KDE and others, which states:
The proposed Article 13 of the EU Copyright Directive targets every online service that allows its users to upload and share content with each other, including code hosting platforms.
Under this proposal code hosting platforms will be compelled to prevent any possible copyright infringement by developing fundamentally flawed filtering technologies. These filtering algorithms will ultimately decide what material software developers should be allowed to share.
[...] This restricts the freedom of developers to use specific software components and tools that in return leads to less competition and less innovation.
Do these copyright proposals represent a risk for Stack Exchange?
The EU committee has approved the new copyright rules. It will be voted on by the European Parliament on July.
Creative Commons twitted:
@EP_Legal has adopted both Article 11 (#linktax) and Article 13 (#CensorshipMachines). It’s a dark day for the open web, but the fight will continue in the upcoming plenary vote in the European Parliament. #SaveYourInternet #SaveTheLink #FixCopyright
— Creative Commons (@creativecommons) June 20, 2018
162 companies sign against the law.