Article 13 which is a European Copyright Directive, was recently passed. Before it is implemented, lawmakers have sent a list of websites which basically consists of EU piracy list of websites. If these websites are banned, it might break the internet.
Banning websites because of copyright infringement is not a serious aspect. It might seem scary as well since politicians don’t understand the nit and grit of technology. For example- one of the websites on the list of websites to be banned includes Cloudflare, which is a website that is used for DDoS protection.
Other websites which were included on the ban list were claimed of having copyright and piracy issues, but it seems like these websites have since cleaned up their act. 1channel.ch is one such example, which is not a pirate site anymore (since 2017).
Last January the EU noted thus- “The list will help us in identifying and describing the most problematic marketplaces, and our special focus will be on online marketplaces, with the hope of encouraging the operators and owners of the websites, along with the responsible local authorities and governments to take necessary actions and measures against such websites thereby reducing the availability of IPR infringing goods or services.
The EU piracy list defined pirate websites as follows- “aggregate, categorize, organize and index links to media content that is stored on hosting websites, cyberlockers or other kinds of sites allegedly containing pirated content.”
The full list of the websites can be found here.