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I like the EU, but come on... this is f***ing unbelievably stupid.

 

Same with their stupid cookie laws.

 

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Copyright law could put end to net memes

 

Memes, remixes and other user-generated content could disappear online if the EU's proposed rules on copyright become law, warn experts.

Digital rights groups are campaigning against the Copyright Directive, which the European Parliament will vote on later this month.

The legislation aims to protect rights-holders in the internet age.

But critics say it misunderstands the way people engage with web content and risks excessive censorship.

 

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There is concern that the proposals will rely on algorithms that will be programmed to "play safe" and delete anything that creates a risk for the platform.

A campaign against Article 13 - Copyright 4 Creativity - said that the proposals could "destroy the internet as we know it".

"Should Article 13 of the Copyright Directive be adopted, it will impose widespread censorship of all the content you share online," it said.

 

https://www.bbc.co.u...nology-44412025


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Only rage comics?


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The Great Meme Wars Rebellions of the 2020s have begun.



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Politicians are generally incredibly out of touch with technology and internet culture. This is clear not only because the laws they try and pass are ridiculous, but normally completely unfeasible. It's like Theresa May trying to introduce a internet regulatory framework - they clearly have no idea how any of it actually works. A politicians idea of being internet-savvy is just being active on twitter or social media. 


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I believe most non-hard copy right laws should be repealed.

 

Sorry but if you can't touch it = it shouldn't be copy righted.


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The reality? There are millions of normal people who are starting to LIKE the idea of fascism BECAUSE there are literal bolsheviks flooding the streets and attacking people. I swear to God, when the Left actually gets the storm they've been preaching about, you won't even see it on the news. The population will just shrink from 330 million to 230 million overnight and nobody will ever speak of it again.


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What dumb bullshit. I'm assuming most memes,remixes,etc are fair use because they do something different with the source material, so they shouldn't be illegal or whatever.


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Aren't you glad to be leaving the crooked and authoritarian socialist EU?



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Aren't you glad to be leaving the crooked and authoritarian socialist EU?

Because a draconian law about protecting profits for private entities is emblematic of socialism.


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And remember my friend, future events such as these will affect you in the future.


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Socialism suppose to be pro-worker and anti-rich pig.

 

This is out of control capitalist bs and most of the shit the right takes for socialist is just that.


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Memes are too culturally ingrained, god please let them try, this might be the incredibly incompetent move the anti-copyright movement needs. And without copyright laws... well, capitalism doesn't fair too well in a digitized world.


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This will simply never work. Memes are so central, fundamental and ubiquitous, banning them would trigger the biggest online rebellion in the Internet's history. People from all sides of the political spectrum would be united, the EU and corporate websites would be hacked by Anonymous, etc.


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EU committee approves new rules that could 'destroy the internet as we know it'

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An EU committee has approved two new copyright rules that campaigners warn could destroy the internet as we know it.

The two controversial new rules – known as Article 11 and Article 13 – introduce wide-ranging new changes to the way the web works.

Article 13 has been criticised by campaigners who claim that it could force internet companies to "ban memes". It requires that all websites check posts against a database of copyrighted work, and remove those that are flagged.

 

That could mean memes – which often use images taken from films or TV shows – could be removed by websites. The system is also likely to go wrong, campaigners say, pointing to previous examples where automated systems at YouTube have taken down a variety of entirely innocent posts.

Smaller sites might not even be able to maintain such a complicated infrastructure for scanning through posts, and therefore might not be able to continue to function, activists claim. Some companies and sites have already had to shut down as a result of the EU's new GDPR data rules.

https://www.independ...urce=reddit.com



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Any idea if FTN will be effected Will? Or do you get a get out meme-jail free card because of brexit?

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I think the law will be ignored, like piracy laws. It's just too stupid to enforce.


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Hey Jakob...Maybe instead of giving the rich all the power and control. Maybe just maybe we could agree that a lot of these copy right laws and anti-piracy bs is restrictive to the freedom of 90% of society.

 

I'd gutted it all and close dozens of prisons!!!.



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Italy Wikipedia shuts down in protest at EU copyright law

 

Italian Wikipedia blocked readers from its own pages on Monday in protest over the future of EU online copyright law.

Critics say the rules, due to be voted on this week, could put an end to memes and remixes, and require platforms to pay for linking to news.

Instead of an encyclopaedia entry, visitors to any page on the Italian language Wikipedia were greeted with a statement about the upcoming vote.

The editors wrote that "Wikipedia itself would be at risk of closing".

"If the proposal is approved, it may be impossible to share a newspaper article on social networks or find it on a search engine," it said.

 

https://www.bbc.co.u...europe-44696302

 

 

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I suspect this will end up driving people away from big sites like reddit/facebook/twitter/youtube etc. and onto places which are small enough that policing them becomes impractical.

 

Sites will then have to sort of walk a tightrope between being small enough that they don't have to basically ban all image posts and links, and being large enough to make money. 

 

Best case scenario is they are adding this so they can​ take down anything they want, then they will use it on specific occasions, but mostly ignore it. 

 

We should organise internet boycotts of any TV show that actually tries to prevent people using images from it as memes, and have everyone pirate that TV show instead. 

Eventually they will stop trying to press charges and things can go back to normal. 


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MEPs reject controversial copyright law

 

MEPs have voted to reject a controversial copyright law in its current form, deciding to return to the issue in September.

The law would have put a greater responsibility on individual websites to check for copyright infringements.

But the web's inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee and others had expressed concerns about the proposed rules, which they said threatened internet freedom.

Opponents greeted the decision as a victory.

Julia Reda, a Pirate Party MEP who had campaigned against the legislation tweeted: "Great success: Your protests have worked! The European Parliament has sent the copyright law back to the drawing board."

 

https://www.bbc.co.u...nology-44712475

 

 

 


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Honest European Union Ad | Internet Censorship Bill (Article 13)

 

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