Hi Dave. I agree with your interpretation of Section 24 and I understand that the Terms of Service place the liability of sharing copyrighted material on the user, and along with Section 27, where material can get removed through a copyright claim, it shows Trimble are taking preventive measures.
However, this new law places the liability on the “information society service providers”, which store and give access to work uploaded by users. Therefore, Trimble will be liable if copyright is infringed.
An example, with three possible infringements, would be if I re-uploaded this model of Mickey Mouse: https://3dwarehouse.sketchup.com/model/149d97c8196584bb23b96c84e6408336/Mickey-Mouse-2D
First, I do not own the rights of the model, I didn’t make it (or transform it), it is a copy.
Second, I do not own the rights of the texture, it is not my own image and no source or credit is provided.
Third, I do not own the rights of the Character. Just search for ‘Disney’ in the 3DW and you will quickly see the scale of this issue. https://3dwarehouse.sketchup.com/search/?q=disney&searchTab=model
Whilst my work on 3DW is actually 99.9% original, I have used the odd texture that I do not own, and also some of my original textures have been used by others without my permission, but I consider these instances as fair-use, shared through open-source and within the public domain.
But, if the law requires me to have/give licence for each use, then the 3DW service cannot accommodate this and will be liable to lawsuits. I don’t know if this can/will be enforced, but it could mean that Trimble decide to pull the service from Europe altogether, which will be bad for everyone.
There is nothing more I can do about it, besides raise awareness. The vote to pass this law is happening in 2 weeks and it looks like it could go through. This is not just an issue for 3DW, it will drastically change the internet in Europe, with many web-services being affected, like Wikipedia, Reddit, Github and Soundcloud for example. Open-source internet is under attack in the name of IP piracy. More information here: https://saveyourinternet.eu/
“It would basically be Youtube’s copyright content filter, except everybody would have to use it for everything. Not filtering would be a liability.”