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EU copyright reform will spell disaster for sports fans

A lot has been written about the danger the planned EU copyright reform poses for freedom of speech online, for memes and remixes, for software developers and startups. But there’s another group that would be badly affected by the planned law if it is adopted as currently drafted: Sports fans across Europe.

What upload filters mean for sports

As you may have heard, Article 13 would establish “censorship machines” that surveil all your posts on internet platforms and scan them for supposed copyright infringement. If these filters don’t approve your upload, it will never go online.

Upload filters would prevent any video using even the shortest snippets of sports broadcasts from seeing the light of day: Commentary, supercuts, sports-related memes (like Neymar rolling) and other valuable fan works will be blocked automatically.

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