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YouTube says the new EU copyright rules may force people to ban uploading their videos.

It added that the new directive puts its entire creative community at risk and that the new regulations "can change the Internet very quickly as you see today".

YouTube boss Susan Wozicki's comments are part of widespread outrage about the new rules, which campaigners have referred to as 'meme restrictions'.

One of the most controversial parts of the EU's new copyright directive, known as Article 13, will force major platforms such as YouTube to scan everything they upload and ensure that something in it Also copyrighted material is not included. Campaigners argue that it may force companies to ban memes that use pictures or gifs from existing media, and it could hurt the way social networks operate.

Opposition to the rules has united copyright campaigners and major Internet platforms, who have argued that it could reduce the way the Internet works. Now YouTube has spoken to the tech industry in the most passionate comments yet.

The company said that YouTube could be forced to stop allowing normal users to upload videos, instead focusing them in the hands of a large number of large companies. EU viewers may be prevented from watching certain videos and smaller creators may be devastated, the company said.

Ms. Wojcicki wrote that article 13 "in a letter to the video-maker community, threatens to shut down the ability of millions - from you to everyday users - to upload content to platforms such as YouTube" . "It threatens to prevent users in the EU from viewing content that already resides on creators' channels everywhere," she wrote.

The new rules "threaten hundreds of thousands of jobs", she said.

He wrote, "The proposal may force platforms like YouTube to acquire only content from a large number of large companies." "It will be very risky for platforms to host content from small original content creators, as platforms will now be directly responsible for this content."

Article 13 is a part of a broader set of copyright rules that the proposers claim will help fight against the theft and reuse of video and music. Another controversial part of the rules is Article 11, which would create a "link tax" and means sites like Google may have to pay to show a snippet of the websites to which they link.

European Union MPs have voted through the new rules and their words may be finalized by the end of the year. This directive is expected to be implemented soon.

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