Edima is the lobbying body in Europe for technology companies including Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google, Spotify, TikTok and Twitter.
With European policymakers working on a new Digital Services Act governing the tech sector, it’s no surprise that Edima has views to share – and also no surprise that they’re likely to meet opposition from the music industry.
It’s calling for “the introduction of a legal safeguard which would allow companies to take proactive actions to remove illegal content and activity from their services, without the risk of additional liability for those attempts to tackle illegal content”.
The issue being that if internet platforms voluntarily remove such content – be it hate speech or copyrighted music – Edima is worried that they’ll be making themselves liable for that kind of material. A paper sets out how and why at more length. We suspect music industry bodies will have some thoughts on it soon.
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