“Meme Ban”: What’s New EU Copyright Law Article 13 Means for You, Internet User?

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The EU adopted a new copyright law that is promised to change the whole view on Internet relationship. 

Read on Nexter.org how Article 13 and 11 can affect you as a meme lover.

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In a nutshell 

The European Parliament approved the final copyright law on March 26. 348 votes for and 278 against. The initial draft was adopted in September 2018, but it caused protest on the part of Germany, which until recently supported a milder version of the reform.

After several months of negotiations, Germany unexpectedly agreed with the position of France in favor of stricter regulation.

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As the German magazine of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) found out, the German government could make concessions in exchange for the fact that France approved the construction of Nord Stream 2, the largest gas pipeline from Russia to Germany.

In and the USA, this project was repeatedly criticized as evidence that the Federal Republic of Germany is imposing sanctions against the Russian Federation with one hand, and puts itself in the energy dependence on it with the other.

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“Article 11 has a lot of worrying ambiguity: it has a very vague definition of “news site” and leaves the definition of “snippet” up to each EU country’s legislature,” the EFF wrote in a recent blog post.

“…the new text of Article 13 still demands that the people who operate online communities somehow examine and make copyright assessments about everything, hundreds of billions of social media posts and forum posts and video uploads.”

What’s Copyright Directive is about? 

Articles 11 and 13 caused the greatest controversy among the residents of the countries of the EU.

  • Articles 11

According to it, search services and news aggregators have to pay the media to display their content, including small announcements of articles.

The project of the 11th article did not like either Internet giants, such as Google, nor small online publications. Google believes that the company makes it easier for users to access the media, and they consider it unfair that it should pay for it.

Small media, in turn, fear that Google and Facebook will eventually pay, but only the largest media and all other market participants will be left without money, and without an important distribution channel.

  • Articles 13

Article 13 requires Internet services to check whether the posted materials violate copyright. Opponents of such a rule fear that, as a result, many memes, gifs, and videos created using original content may disappear from the Internet.

Internet industry reform is threatened by the fact that only the largest services that can afford enough money to install automatic filters for checking content can survive.

Read the full overview of changes brought forth by the Copyright Directive here.


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