Kulturen, a series TV show that airs on DR, disclosed that more than 100 Danish female actors appear in clips and images from feature films and series distributed in a Danish group on Reddit with more than 6,000 members. It was found that a majority of the clips were shared by the administrator of the group.
When users on Reddit share scenes from Danish films and TV series without permission from the rights holders, it is undeniably a breach of the economic rights that follow from copyright, including the exclusive right to make copies and make the work available.
Online platforms have a responsibility too
Furthermore, Article 17 of the EU Copyright Directive 2019 and the Danish Copyright Act 2021 declare that online content sharing platforms are responsible to ensure that user content on the platform is legal. Although this is a complex task, several platforms have proven that it is certainly possible to protect content from illegal sharing.
Persistent efforts on the part of rights holders have resulted in Danish content being protected against illegal sharing, via Meta and Google’s enforcement tools; which enables the Danish Rights Alliance to remove illegal content uploaded by those platforms’ users.
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Actors nude scenes are shared on Reddit: The platform should take responsibility. Article. June 5, 2023. Danish Rights Alliance (Rettighedsalliancen). Auto translated from Danish to English by Google Translate.
Formand i Dansk Skuespillerforbund chokeret over sexscene-sag. Episode. May 10, 2023. Kulturen, DR1 (In Danish)
Why it matters
“Reddit should step up and find solutions that prevent users from uploading illegal content to their platform,” said Maria Fredenslund, The Director of the Danish Rights Alliance. “Platforms such as Facebook, Instagram and YouTube have, in cooperation with the rights holders, paved the way and shown that it is possible to develop effective tools that remove and prevent users from uploading content illegally. We would like Reddit to join the Article 17 forum and thus take part in the effort, together with rights holders and other social platforms.”
Also, copyright also contains ideal rights, including the right to respect, which goes to actors and directors who contribute to the creation of films and series. By editing and sharing nude and sex scenes so that they appear pornographic and thus out of the artistic context of the film, the right to respect of the filmmakers and actors in question is violated.