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GitHub: New copyright rules could strangle software development

Postby MrFredPFL » Fri Mar 16, 2018 11:52 pm

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Developer platform GitHub has warned that plans to stop copyright infringements online could have a major impact on open-source software development.

Article 13 of the European Commission's proposed Copyright Directive says service providers that store and provide access to large amounts of content uploaded by their users have to take measures to ensure that access to copyrighted material can be blocked.

The directive is mainly aimed at the unauthorised sharing of copyrighted videos and music online, but Github is concerned that the rules are wide enough to hit software development too.

While the EC proposals said the use of "effective content recognition technologies, shall be appropriate and proportionate", GitHub is concerned that proposals mean that online platforms would have to filter uploaded content including code. But it said that such upload filters not only raise privacy and free speech issues but are also likely to be ineffective.

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