Article 13 is the section of the proposed Copyright Directive that takes a stand for artists, musicians, film makers and other creators and gives them a fighting chance to make a living in the face of the big platforms’ domination of the creative economy. YouTube is fighting for the status quo, because killing Article 13 would preserve YouTube's status as a host, free of responsibility for copyright violations.
YouTube’s “6 Myths About Article 13” PDF, among other elements of its anti-Article 13 campaign, boldly states that “ if article 13 is instated, 35M+ EU Channels will be blocked". Well, that is easy for YouTube to say, since the platform has total control and seems to have no problem de-monetizing and blocking creators’ content whenever it suits its purpose – which, by the way, is making tons of money for Google by advertising against other people’s videos.
7,8 million individual videos nixed in 3 months
How much content does YouTube current block or take down? 7.8 million individual videos were nixed for violating its guidelines during the July-September quarter of 2018, according to YouTube’s own Transparency Report. No need for Article 13 to get a great upload filter, it's already existing.
How much money does YouTube make for Google? The company does not break out those figures as a rule, but Alphabet, the parent company of Google and YouTube, posted third-quarter revenue of $33.7 billion, with net income coming in at an eye-watering 9.2 billion, or $3 billion per month.
That is a big profit margin. Alphabet wants to sustain that by controlling costs. One way to control costs is to avoid paying out too much in authors’ rights. Trying to shooting down Article 13 with misinformation does not cost much compared with behaving like a responsible publisher.
Propaganda efforts like this one from Google and its allies say Article 13 of the EU Copyright Directive will “force” platforms to create “censorship machines” to monitor all user-generated material for copyright violations.
YouTube already has a censorship machine. It’s called Content ID.
And YouTube’s Transparency Report proudly discloses a lot about how it removes millions of videos every quarter that violate its Community Guidelines. We’re glad YouTube enforces guidelines. But independent content creators wish just wish it were a little more transparent about demonetization, how Content ID enforces copyright, and for whom. Independent YouTubers are particularly vexed about takedowns coming from unfair copyright claims.
The final good news
References used in this video, because it's nice to get facts
1. 35M+ CHANNELS BLOCKED IN EUROPE https://drive.google.com/file/d/1ma01...
2. YOUTUBE IS THE ONE FILTERING YouTube said it took down 7.8 million individual videos for violating its guidelines during the July-September quarter 2018. https://transparencyreport.google.com...
3. THEY MAKE A LOT OF MONEY WITH ADS AND DATA
1. Alphabet revenues (Google, YouTube...), during the Third Quarter 2018, were $33.7 billion. Net Income: $9,2 billion = $3 billion per month. https://abc.xyz/investor/static/pdf/2...
2. Google said in a statement it distributed widely in Europe that the service had paid $1.5 billion in ad revenue to artists in the 12 months to Nov. 2018. That’s $125 million per month... compared to $3 billion of profits per month or $11 billion of revenues per month. https://www.google.com/togetherforcop...
4. THE TRUTH ABOUT ARTICLE 13
1.You can read the truth about article 13 with the official texts and the timeline of the decision on this website: https://www.article13.org/
2. Try to read and understand the text of article 13 on the YouTube page. Good luck : https://www.youtube.com/intl/fr/savey...
5. FRENCH YOUTUBERS INVESTIGATION DIVES DEEP INTO ARTICLE 13
After three weeks of digging, they deliver a balanced report (translation in english): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fAdhX...