Last month the internet was sent into meltdown after a controversial new copyright law potentially signalled the end of meme culture as we knew it.
‘Article 13‘ basically included a copyright filter that would scour everything uploaded to the internet and an automated system would flag anything that contained copyrighted material.
This would include any kind of meme that featured things like TV shows or characters, even if you did have the owner’s permission.
Obviously the idea caused outrage amongst just about everyone who has ever used the internet.
#Article13 threatens EU creators, leaving us vulnerable to censorship in copyright’s name. Don’t believe the creepy pretence that it’s there to protect © holders. It’s about putting power in the hands of media corporations. We can stop it! Contact your MEP https://t.co/xwFpzW6sIY
— Stephen Fry (@stephenfry) June 28, 2018
However MEPs have voted against the ludicrous idea that, with 318 MEPs taking the side of logic and voting against the overhaul, against the 278 strange people who actually wanted this to be a thing.
Campaigners at Copyright 4 Creativity said the proposals risk censoring free speech because it is likely that technology giants, afraid of hefty fines, will automatically remove content they deem a risk, removing the social landscape of satire and leading us to “destroy the internet as we know it”.
Responding to the vote, Jim Killock of the Open Rights Group said:
“Round one of the Robo-Copyright wars is over. The EU Parliament has recognised that machine censorship of copyright material is not an easy and simple fix. They’ve heard the massive opposition, including internet blackouts and 750,000 people petitioning them against these proposals.”
Perhaps this won’t be the last we hear of the new copyright laws, however we are hoping this has made all those fighting for new laws to do so in a way that doesn’t completely ruin something that people genuinely enjoy.