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Upload Filter delete dozens of copies of the Mueller report

On Maundy Thursday, the U.S. Department of justice released the Mueller report. On good Friday the document has been deleted dozens of times: Upload Filter the Online platform, Scribd is blocked in at least 32 cases, the publication; the document is protected by copyright.

This is noteworthy for two reasons. First, no one holds a copyright on the Mueller report. The documents produced by the U.S. government and published, are in the public domain. Everyone is permitted to copy and publish, where and as often as he wants. "The most important document of our time, was finally released, and you can read it here on Scribd", wrote the platform itself.

Secondly, and this is the curious case of a greater importance, the European Union, the copyright reform last week, finally. Hundreds of thousands of people had demonstrated against the Directive, the Protest was mainly directed against a point: article 13 (in the final text of the law article 17), according to many experts, the fact that platforms Upload be install a Filter.

The Online Portal Quartz shows the example of the Mueller report, the unreliable nature of this Upload Filter works and how quickly it can happen, that the supposed right-holder can delete content. The Quartz Journalist David Yanofsky had uploaded an edited Version of the report at Scribd. The Original of the U.S. Department of justice does not browse. Therefore, Yanofsky had treated the PDF with so-called Optical character recognition, and uploaded, so users can search the document for keywords.

Then he received an E-Mail from Scribd: is A Filter called BookID've blocked the access to the document. Scribd describes BookID as an "advanced algorithm" that each and every document scan, the will be uploaded on the platform. If the System is to discover Similarities with a copyrighted content, and will block the Upload. In the process BookID lock "occasionally" legal publications. Unfortunately, it was impossible that the people controlled the overzealous machines. It would simply be uploaded to many of the documents that the employees could review the findings of the Filter.

Scribd locks for a total of 32 copies of the document – wrongly

After all, the manual complaint process seems to work more reliable than the automatic Blockade: 17 minutes, after Quartz had filed an appeal, Scribd access. A spokeswoman for the platform said that a total of 32 copies of the document were mistakenly and later released locked. A large publishing have released the Mueller report as a book. Therefore, the BookID had incorrectly assumed that the Uploads violate the exploitation rights of the publisher.

In the past few days, several E-Books and printed editions of the Mueller report, are published. Publishers such as Simon & Schuster, companies such as Barnes & Noble and media like the Washington Post have published the report and, in part, with Preface and notes provided. Although the books cost up to 15 Dollar, they are already on the Amazon best sellers lists.

a public domain work, you can do almost everything, including money. Only one thing you must not: possession claims. Why the "leading, global publishing company," whose name Scribd is not called, the Mueller report, protect was is unclear. Might machine load all of the publications in a database of allegedly copyrighted materials and other machinery for automatically matching content in the network delete.

Nine examples of filter failure

The wrongly banned Mueller report is only one of many examples of filters, which block legal Uploads. The German pirate politician, Julia Reda, one of the most famous opponents of the EU copyright reform, has documented nine particularly absurd false alarms. YouTube's system mistook the twelve-second Video of a purring cat with a protected composition, locked in the recording of a lecture on copyright on the grounds of alleged copyright infringement, and prevented the Nasa, the Video of a Mars landing to upload – because the TV station broadcast the pictures of the Nasa already and automatically own content on Youtube, had signed.

These cases could give a foretaste of the impact of the EU copyright Directive. Opponents of Reform fear that a number of Online install platforms, then Upload the Filter that would have to be far more comprehensive and complex than existing systems. Compared with Youtube, Facebook and other large platforms, Scribd is a dwarf. This allows it to respond relatively quickly to challenges.

The EU's new copyright law punishes platforms only if they let illegal content online if you legal delete, you will face no consequences.

"If you take the first step of your child with your family can"

share A particularly dark vision of the future designs of the canadian-British writer Cory Doctorow. "What happens when a TV station log on shortly before an election, copyright claims for a Trump-derailment, and the recordings will not be unblocked until the choice is gone?", Doctorow asks on his Blog Boing Boing. "What happens if an Agency makes a recording block, the police make a record of violence, because the advertising used on the Bus in the Background of one of your photos? What happens if you can be the first step of your child with your family members to share, because in the room there is a television, a protected cartoon runs?"

In the course of the next two years could get Doctorow answers to his questions. As long as the 28 EU member States have the time, the requirements of the Reform into national law. (Editorial Tamedia)

Created: 22.04.2019, 07:33 PM

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