CDC invited to present on content identification technologies at the 3rd stakeholder meeting on the Copyright directive

CDC invited to present on content identification technologies at the 3rd stakeholder meeting on the Copyright directive

17 November 2019

Since 15th October 2019, the European Commission has organised a stakeholder dialogue under Article 17 of the Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market – (EU) 2019/790, which aims to maximise the availability of content on sharing services while respecting the rights of those involved in the creation and distribution of such content.

For the 3rd and 4th meetings due on 25th November and 16th December 2019, the Commission invited stakeholders to volunteer to make technical presentations as regards licensing and the application of content identification tools and technologies. Such tools and technologies are used both for licensing purposes and to prevent the availability of unauthorised content.

The CDC has applied and has been invited to give a technical presentation on 25th November.

With this presentation, the purpose of the CDC is to bring transparency on the capability of content identification technologies, their scalability, accuracy and affordability for large and small platforms.

It will be represented by an engineer in computer vision from Videntifier, an Icelandic company that owes to a large extent its existence to European academic research in Iceland and France, and to the EU research programs. Videntifier is indeed a success story of the EUREKA program. Its technologies are used today by large global public and private entities as well as small entities in the field of child sexual abuse material, counter-terrorism and protection of copyright.

Videntifier content identification technologies are based on SIFT, an algorithm developed by British Columbia University. This technology is in the public domain globally, except for the USA and Canada, where it will be in the public domain in March 2020. Videntifier has further improved the scalability of this algorithm in cooperation with IRISA, a French public research lab based in Rennes.

The CDC is looking forward to making a positive contribution to the Stakeholders Dialogue, by providing technical information that will help content owners, content sharing services and users to understand the capability of technology.

The webcasts of the first meeting can be found here and of the second meeting here.

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