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Contact 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.
Below, my colleague Dan Dalton and I draw attention to another group that would be badly affected by the planned law: Sports fans across Europe. To avoid legal responsibility, platforms will err on the side of caution and block everything that may be an issue.
The upload filters described above would need to detect and automatically block these works.
They could choose to selectively enforce it to e. These rights already create huge revenues for the organisers of premium sports.
Fans spreading their own recordings of their personal experience — often hours after the matches have ended — only serves to promote a sport or team.
This new right, applying to all sports events equally, would make it even harder to get attention. Sports administrators who desperately want people to see the sport will find they get even less exposure, even in markets where there is no commercial demand — think cricket in continental Europe or handball in the UK.
Save fan culture Fans are what makes sport valuable in the first place. The European Parliament will vote on this law on September To the extent possible under law, the creator has waived all copyright and related or neighboring rights to this work.
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