Meme Wars 2018: The European Union Opens Fire

Via The Daily Bell

If there is one thing freedom lovers are good at, it is making memes. As the meme wars rage on, it becomes ever more apparent that collectivists are sorely outgunned.

The left can’t meme. So lovers of government do what they always do when they don’t get their way: try to get a law passed.

If article 13 of new EU copyright protections passes, it could mean the death of memes and even GIFs.

The rule would more strictly protect copyrighted material. So if a still shot of a movie scene was depicted in memes, that would be copyright infringement.

Even a copyrighted poster in the background of an uploaded video could violate the rule as it currently reads.

GIFs that depict movie scene would also be at risk, and so would parodies.

The proposed regulation will force websites to filter out text, audio, photos and video shared by users against an ever-expanding database of copyrighted works.

Beyond memes, the law could — for example — impact still or moving images that contain copyrighted music or posters in the background.

The regulation is the EU’s stab at restructuring copyright law for the internet age in an effort to protect digital rights holders like record labels, photo agencies and film studios.

This also means holding websites accountable for what users post. The responsibility would on the website to filter out any copyrighted material.

So Facebook, for instance, will have to hire an army of people or implement expensive software solutions. Big deal, they can afford it.

But smaller websites cannot afford an army of lawyers and AI filtering mechanisms. This basically ensures that the big players that currently exist will face no competition from small new upstarts.

As usual, this regulation will hurt the small business much more than it hurts the big ones. In fact, this could be a net benefit for big established businesses, as it cuts out their competition.

Today The Article Passed the First Hurdle

The Verge Reports:

The European Union has taken the first step in passing new copyright legislation that critics say will tear the internet apart.

This morning, the EU’s Legal Affairs Committee (JURI) voted in favor of the legislation, called the Copyright Directive. Although most of the directive simply updates technical language for copyright law in the age of the internet, it includes two highly controversial provisions. These are Article 11, a “link tax,” which would force online platforms like Facebook and Google to buy licenses from media companies before linking to their stories; and Article 13, an “upload filter,” which would require that everything uploaded online in the EU is checked for copyright infringement.

If there is one thing that will spur internet people to action, it is a threat to memes.

The new laws are being sold as updates for the internet age, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. A free and open internet is the future. So strictly enforcing copyright rules will only trample free speech rights, raise costs, and ensnare unwitting violators. Restricting linking without a media license is just as absurd. It shows the people writing these laws lack a basic understanding–or utterly disregard–for how the internet functions.

And worst of all for EU residents, this might just make some web platforms block traffic from that region altogether. Why bother taking the risk, and dealing with the cost of compliance?

If you do live in an EU country, check out this website to take action on stopping this terrible law.

Coincidence that the left doesn’t know how to meme? I think not.political spectrum meme

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BuddyEffed . . . _ _ _ . . . Wed, 06/20/2018 - 20:27 Permalink

MemeSoEasy is the powerhouse of meme editors if you ask me.  Crazy full of features.  It has a unique stamping technology that I don't think Photoshop or any other editor even has.  Color gradient backgrounds, copy and paste from other photos into your current artwork, emoji and emoji strings possible, triple tap duplicates almost everything, rounded corner choice on text, color matching for text background, and pinch/spread resizes instantly almost every addition on its creation, with unique animation effects on some features too.  Selecting share brings up options to send the current art in work as a png file by text, email, FB, Twitter, etc.  Just choose who it goes to and it's a done deal.

WBonzai might like that app running on an iPad very much.

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El Vaquero BuddyEffed Wed, 06/20/2018 - 22:21 Permalink

When I read Article 13, I did not notice anything in there that mentioned the jurisdiction from where the content was uploaded.  It's a safe bet that if I, as an American, upload something that is covered under fair use, but it violates EU rules, the EU will go to whatever company I uploaded the content to and try to fine it if it has ANYTHING in EU territory.  The EU wants a fucking empire.  

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bh2 Wed, 06/20/2018 - 19:01 Permalink

If you live in an EU country, you have only your fellow citizens to blame. Eventually, Europeans always develop a way to be at each other's throats. It's a gift.

The US should simply stand back the next time they throw a war party and let the chips fall where they may. Who "wins" really doesn't matter.

lincolnsteffens Wed, 06/20/2018 - 19:39 Permalink

So, if you record some event happening in a public place and a business logo or copyrighted photo or business name appears in the background or a copyrighted art work you can't put it on the internet. What happens if a movie company is doing a movie or documentary or a news organization is filming they cant use it if something appears that is copyrighted. In other words, it is the end of the age of video.

That will work well. Ha, Ha, Ha Ha... ad infinitum.

Pernicious Gol… Wed, 06/20/2018 - 19:42 Permalink

The left can't meme because meming requires a fair amount of abstract thinking, a form of intelligence. This EU action won't ban meming. The only way to do that would be to eliminate everybody there with an IQ over 110, which they are trying to do.

yvhmer Thu, 06/21/2018 - 02:38 Permalink

Then you do not understand the structure.

The EU cannot apply a law from a union level. member countries need to amend their laws according to the union. 

Until such a thing is done nothing will happen. 

GDPR is such an example in which no one is allowed to film or photograph another human being unless you acquired their consent , for every photo .... 

But.... The government can listen and record anything they want of you with or without your explicit consent. 

So the EU may fall, the laws are on the books in individual countries. ...

Obamanism666 Thu, 06/21/2018 - 04:15 Permalink

So lets start: "Put the Meme down and step out of the car", " Do you have a conceled Meme license?", Which last longer a Politician's Promise or my Meme?"......