European Union MEME Ban – Article 13 and Article 11

New copyright laws could be end of memes

European union Article 11 and 13 AKA MEME BAN??? These Articles are going to change the whole future of internet. It doesn’t matter if you live in European union or not. It’ll affect the whole internet.

For those who doesn’t know about this, lately, European union has introduced Article 13 and Article 11, widely known as “meme-killing” law. The European Parliament has voted to pass the new EU Copyright Directive. This is when things get messy.

The directive was already rejected in July 2018, following an energetic opposition campaign orchestrated by prominent technologists and internet grandees –including the inventor of the World Wide Web Sir Tim Berners-Lee, and Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales . Far from being killed, though, the legislation was simply reassessed, with MEPs putting forward over 100 amendments.

Article 11 is all about “Hyperlink text”. In simple words, you cannot use any other website’s data without paying them . Internet companies like Facebook, google, twitter have to pay news outlet for showing their content on their platform. Leave hyperlink, even using a single word from their news article can land a big lawsuit against you.

Article 13, it has gained its popularity as “meme killer” article. It would require web giants to automatically filter copyrighted material — songs, images, videos — uploaded on their platforms, unless it has been specifically licensed.

So many other people are raising concerns too. Individuals, organizations (like European Digital Rights and the Internet Archive), companies (like Patreon, WordPress, andMedium), the Internet’s original architects and pioneers (like Sir Tim Berners Lee), and the UN Special Rapporteur for free expression have spoken out. Creators across the Internet are standing up for their right to create and express themselves, including Phil DeFranco,LeFloid.

European union Copyright Directive is dangerous because it’s vague and essentially allows corporations to use the government as a weapon against people who are just trying to live their lives online. Internet advocate Cory Doctorow wrote for Motherboard that it’s not only dangerous to memes, but all online media thanks to something called “copyfraud.” Currently, there are no penalties for falsely crying copyright infringement. “The opportunities for mischief are endless,”

As this article passes out, it’ll directly affect meme, song covered on YouTube, etc. Many individuals will lose their job after this law gets passes. Youtube will face a great impact of it as most of the youtube channels are based on reviews and meme related content, Music covers will get banned. This law suppresses the freedom of expression and speech.

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Even though the European union Parliament passed the Copyright Directive, it’s not locked into law quite yet. There’s still one more Parliament vote in January. If the Directive passes then, it will be up to individual Eueopean union member countries to decide on how to put it into practice, and that could open up a huge range of adoption and enforcement. As we have seen with the General Data Protection Act, implementing far-sweeping new rules on the world wide web is far from straightforward, and it will take a lot of time until EU members have decided on how to implement them.

Though we’re a long way from a link tax, critics of the new law think the European union Parliament’s decision sends a strong message: in Europe, free speech might be at risk. The internet is not in love with that decision. High-profile internet personalities like Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales have already voiced their discontent.

This could be the last straw for depressed people from european union to actually kill themselves
Memers Are Creatively Fighting the EU’s Possible Meme Ban

It’s not a ban on memes. It’s copyright law. The law people are afraid of is article 13 of “Proposal for a DIRECTIVE OF THE EUROPEAN UNION PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL on copyright in the Digital Single Market” (sorry, I don’t mean to shout, but it’s a verbatim copy of the title from this place https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/HTML/?uri=CELEX:52016PC0593)

  1. Information society service providers that store and provide to the public access to large amounts of works or other subject-matter uploaded by their users shall, in cooperation with rightholders, take measures to ensure the functioning of agreements concluded with rightholders for the use of their works or other subject-matter or to prevent the availability on their services of works or other subject-matter identified by rightholders through the cooperation with the service providers.
  2. Those measures, such as the use of effective content recognition technologies, shall be appropriate and proportionate. The service providers shall provide rightholders with adequate information on the functioning and the deployment of the measures, as well as, when relevant, adequate reporting on the recognition and use of the works and other subject-matter.
  3. Member States shall ensure that the service providers referred to in paragraph 1 put in place complaints and redress mechanisms that are available to users in case of disputes over the application of the measures referred to in paragraph 1.
  4. Member States shall facilitate, where appropriate, the cooperation between the information society service providers and rightholders through stakeholder dialogues to define best practices, such as appropriate and proportionate content recognition technologies, taking into account, among others, the nature of the services, the availability of the technologies and their effectiveness in light of technological developments.