As you may have heard, article 13 of the European copyright legislation is seen as a major issue for content creators of all sorts, sharing their creations online. Specifically, it can basically block the viewing of various videos (and other creative content) in various EU countries (including the UK). This is because this articles for some reason sees the viewing of this content in certain countries a violation of the content creators’ rights and in an effort to protect creativity, it limits where this content is made available.
I’m not going to argue here about the futility of such a legislation or why such laws don’t make any sense in a world where content creators strive for increased exposure, while it’s extremely unlikely for someone to own all the elements of their videos. Also, personal branding is something the lawyers that drafted this legislation probably don’t quite understand, something reflected in how this law is formulated. Whatever the case, this law is focused on various social media platforms, such as YouTube and Instagram and does not affect SafariBooksOnline.
So, if you are like me and publish your content in respectable platforms where there is a quality control and no issue with European legislation, you are fine. I can’t say that I like this situation with some bizarre law prohibiting the viewing of videos in various countries, but I’m not going to lose sleep over it since this is but the tip of the iceberg of injustices these “free” video platforms offer. Besides, there are various platforms where someone can publish creative content, especially when it comes to educational topics, so opting for the easy way of YouTube is just not the most professional approach. After all, the focus on such a platform is on the quantity and on some ever-changing algorithm for promoting this content, something that doesn’t benefit the content creator to start with.
So, if you have some ideas for educational videos, Safari is a great place to publish them and doesn’t get any headaches from the European Parliament or any other authority that claims to understand how creative content works. As a bonus, you get to collect royalties from your videos, regardless of when they were published or if they are on some “hot” topic, while click-bait is not that common in the video titles. This respect towards the viewers of the videos is reciprocated through a handsome payment from their part, instead of having to put up with annoying ads and overcrowded web pages. So perhaps going with YouTube is not as glamorous as it may seem, with or without Article 13.
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Zacharias Voulgaris, PhD
Passionate data scientist with a foxy approach to technology, particularly related to A.I.