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Your favourite law memes could be banned under EU copyright directive

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Brussels bigwigs could ‘destroy the internet as we know it’, say digital rights campaigners

Your favourite law-themed memes could soon be a thing of the past if a proposed amendment to EU copyright law is given the go-ahead later this month.

The EU Copyright Directive intends to protect the intellectual property rights of people who publish content on the internet. Digital campaigners, however, warn that the new provision contained within Article 13 could “destroy the internet as we know it”, and sound the death knell for our beloved memes. This is because the vast majority of internet memes are developed from other people’s original content including photographs, music and videos.

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According campaigners at Save Your Internet, websites could be forced to “implement complex and expensive filtering systems” to ensure they aren’t publishing copyrighted content. Moreover, the digital crusaders argue that the directive will restrict the ability of internet users to consume content, adding:

“The days of communicating through gifs and memes, listening to our favourite remixes online or sharing videos of our friends singing at karaoke might be coming to an end.”

The new copyright proposals, if approved, could result in some of our favourite law-inspired memes falling foul of the rules. So, with that in mind, Legal Cheek thought it would be the perfect opportunity to run through some of the classics.

Who recalls this meme following the Brexit referendum result?

Lawkward #eu

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What about this Forrest Gump effort?

You can keep your chocolates 😒

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And more recently this Royal Wedding-inspired meme:

Me

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Responding to the Save Your Internet campaign, a European Commission spokesperson told Sky News:

“The idea behind our copyright proposals is that people should be able to make a living from their creative ideas. The proposals to modernise EU copyright provisions will not harm freedom of expression on the internet.”

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24 Comments

Anonymous

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Anonymous

Oh, Legal Cheek.

Do you not appreciate the irony?

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No

For real

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Anonymous

BREXIT MAX

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Counterfactual

If only there were some kind of movement to get us out of this red tape society. Some movement focused on the unfettered sovereignty of our own legislature.

I bet that movement would be supported in any formal vote by more voters than have ever voted for any single outcome in British electoral history.

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Anonymous

Given that our own moronic government has variously tried to ban encryption, internet pornography, and being rude on the internet, you do have to be quite dim to think Brexit is going to stop nonsense legislation.

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Anonymous

Oh and don’t forget the ban on anything that induces a chemical reaction in the brain, which technically includes stroking a cat and drinking herbal tea. That was probably Mrs May’s most special moment.

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Not Amused

The difference, which rabid remainers always seem to ignore, is that we can actively influence our own government and prevent silly laws coming in to force.

We can do it via elections, yet no such mechanism to change policy via election exists within the EU.

More importantly we can do it via the media. General ignorance of the EU, which is an issue among most people in the UK, but which is most comic when found in rabid remainers, prevents that happening with the EU. Mind you they’d probably just ignore us anyway …

Stopping the EU from doing something stupid is, sadly, an extremely difficult thing to do.

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Anonymous

Yes, there really should be elections every few years for representatives to sit in some sort of parliament within the EU. Perhaps they could have it in Brussels?

Oh, and I don’t know anything about the EU so let’s just leave it. A very sound plan if ever I heard one.

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Anonymous

Comparing the EU Parliament to the British Parliament in terms of democratic legitimacy is absurd. Say what you want about FPTP, the Lords, Daily Mail influence etc – our democracy is stronger than most realise, and it is certainly a very real, genuine democracy.

The EU Parliament is an exercise in the fantasy of democracy. Hardly anyone understands it, almost no one votes in its elections, and absolutely no one holds its members accountable for policy-making, partly because the majority of its policy-making is done for it by the Commission.

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That One WA Guy

As an American, I can say that British democracy is far stronger then US “democracy”, while the EU representatives are even less democratically elected as they are not even chosen by the people they are supposed to represent.

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Anonymous

What the more brain dead Brexitards (which is most of them) seem to forget is that due to a profoundly undemocratic electoral system most people in the UK have literally no chance of effecting any electoral change whatsoever since they live in safe seats.

We can’t do it with elections because it doesn’t even take a majority to win a landslide, and if you’re in a safe seat your vote is completely wasted. Compare to the EU’s vastly more democratic electoral system where every British person’s vote counts.

Oh, and the Tories are trying to implement new gerrymandered boundaries to make the constituencies even less representative.

We can’t do it by protest because no one in power gives a toss about protests. Biggest protests we’ve ever had are the Iraq war and against Brexit, just to remind you.

The best thing about the EU is that it isn’t subject to the ‘think of the children’ idiocy of the right wing – the drugs thing, the porn thing. It’s democratic without being a total dictatorship by a party with 40% of the votes, like our own comically hopeless ‘democracy’.

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Anonymous

Oh and as for the media – only a brain dead Brexitard would think good things are effected by the media. So far we have Brexit, the wars, nonsensical drugs policy, ‘hostile environment’ for immigration. I mean, name a moronic policy and it started life as a Paul Dacre headline enthusiastically lapped up by useful right wing idiots.

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Anonymous

Any chance of a riposte, TRUMPENKRIEG?

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Anonymous

Just to say that if your problem with democracy is that you don’t like the opinions of voters, then I’m not sure you’re engaging correctly with the concept …

Anonymous

I used to be a Remain voter but this has convinced me that the UK is now better off with the hardest Brexit possible

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Just Anonymous

Having recently had to grapple with the far-reaching, incoherent mess that is the GDPR…

And having seen the panicked, knee-jerk bureaucratic policies that terrified administrators have brought in to try to guarantee that they don’t fall foul of it…

I find these claims entirely believable.

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Anonymous

What will legal cheek do for copy?

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someone

wow

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Anonymous

“The days of communicating through gifs and memes, listening to our favourite remixes online or sharing videos of our friends singing at karaoke might be coming to an end.”

Thank fuck for that.

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Anonymous

Some people just wanna watch the world burn.

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Anonymous

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Anonymous

Patriotic speech: uprising do happen occasionally and also blacklist corporate or political *cough oxy. EU has a lot of minority influence to favor turning europe into a sharia law state. Don’t take my word for it. In terms of Brexit comments: Some people like to have copy and paste like america’s ‘5th amendment rights’. Be sure to party folks and yell all hate towards stuff that controls your life for no purpose. Have Anarchy.

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