from the do-not-doubt-the-copyright-filter-gods dept

It is rarely a top secret that upload filters don’t perform very well. Back again in 2017, Felix Reda, then Shadow Rapporteur on the EU Copyright Directive in the European Parliament, place collectively a agent sample of the many distinct methods in which filters fail. A recent sequence of tweets by Markus Pössel, Senior Outreach Scientist at the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy, exposes relatively effectively the essential challenges, which have not improved considering the fact that then.

Facebook muted 41 seconds of a video clip he uploaded to Fb mainly because Common Music Team (UMG) claimed to very own the copyright for some of the audio that was played. Considering that the songs in concern arrived from Bach’s Very well-Tempered Clavier, and Bach died in 1750, there is definitely no copyright assert on the tunes alone, which is definitely in the public domain. Rather, it appears to be, the claim was for the performance of this community domain audio, which UMG states was played by Keith Jarrett, a jazz and classical pianist, and noted interpreter of Bach. Apart from that it wasn’t, as Pössel points out:

Possibly I am flattered that a Bach piece that I recorded with my own 10 fingers on my electronic keyboard sounds just like when Keith Jarrett is enjoying it. Or be annoyed by the simple fact that @UMG is *all over again* falsely declaring songs on Facebook that they undoubtedly do not own the copyright to.

This underlines the actuality that add filters could realize the music – that is not difficult – but they are terrible at recognizing the performer of that audio. It receives even worse:

Okay, I’ll go with “very annoyed” for the reason that if I then keep on, Facebook @Meta DOES NOT EVEN GIVE ME THE Possibility TO COMPLAIN. They have grayed out the selection to dispute the declare. They are dead incorrect, but so positive of them selves that they do not even present the solution of disputing the declare, even nevertheless their technique, in basic principle, delivers this kind of an solution. And that, in a nutshell, is what is incorrect with firms like these now. Algorithms that make blunders, biased to huge companies like @UMG.

This absurd situation is a foretaste of what is almost undoubtedly going to happen all the time at the time significant platforms are pressured to use add filters in the EU to comply with Article 17 of the Copyright Directive. Not only will they block legal product, but there will most likely be a presumption that the algorithms will have to be right, so why hassle complaining, when laws ideas the stability in favor of Major Information from the outset?

Adhere to me @glynmoody on Twitter, Diaspora, or Mastodon. Originally posted to WalledCulture.

Filed Less than: copyright, copyright filters, counterclaim, counternotice, faults, public domain

Organizations: facebook, umg, common music team