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Save the Meme!

Horrifying! Just horrifying! The European Commission is about to introduce new legislation to ensure nobody violates copyright. They intend to force upon us an uploadfilter, which automatically scans the content you are uploading to copyrighted material. The intention is probably a good one (protecting artists from illegal copying), but this idea just shows that the European Commission has no clue how the internet works.

Let’s be honest, how do you spend most your time online? *Blushes*…okay..uh… skip that… what else do you do online?

Absolutely right! We watch cute kittens and we look at memes.

Memes as a copyright infringement

Technically, the European Commission is right, of course. If I get a photograph of someone and put it in a meme, I am indeed violating their Copyright. But do you think Mr.T cares? Let me ask:

Mr.T

Well, Mr-T is on our side…

 

Well, it doesn’t get any clearer than that, Mr-T feels the Commission is doing something silly too. And that makes sense, because if it weren’t for the Internet, who’d remember him? Just us old people who enjoyed the original series, but the current generation? Hell no. (On a sidenote, Murdoch was always my favorite, but please don’t tell Mr.T…)

Filter kills the meme

Video killed the radiostar, and this filter will kill the meme. Because images as the one above would not be uploadable anymore. So if we can’t get online and have some dumb fun anymore, why on earth would we continue paying for broadband internet?

So now is time to take action!

Call a Member of Parliament and point out how dumb it is to have the European Union force ISP’s to check every single upload and filter out anything which might contain SOME copyrighted material. If the EU wants to deliver on their ambition to become the most competitive economy of the world, this is NOT the way.

InstaGram, YouTube, Reddit, Twitter…anything should first go through the filters, which would probably be too strict, because companies will be terrified of accidently letting something through.

Parodies? Impossible.

Reviewing something and showing examples? Impossible.

Making fun and illustrating it with some famous dude? Impossible.

So gone would be the days of Chuck Norris. Gone is the freedom to express your non-caring in a graphical way…

We’ll be going back to the internet of 1993: white backgrounds, black text, and the occassional blue hypertext… That ain’t Whateva-material!

We won’t even be able to continue making fun of Mr. Trump, like this:

trump-meme

Even Trump thinks this is dumb!

We’d even no longer be allowed to the first ever video of Justin Bieber, where he covers a song “So Sick” by Ne-Yo (well, actually…that would be a good thing of this new concept law…)

Hell no

Most ISP’s who are confronted with an upload in which you pour out all your creativity and heart and soul, illustrated by some stuff you found elsewhere, will respond: Hell no! No way they are going to expose themselves to potential lawsuits and all that crap. Better safe then sorry.

The result? The internet will be a desolate and barren place…

memes-banned

The internet without Memes will look like this

Say no to the new copyright law

So this law won’t work. While it is a good idea to ensure artists are protected from illegal copying, it shouldn’t kill the internet. And let’s be honest: much of the popularity of artists comes from memes, more than from their own work. So artists too benefit from the huge amount of memes going around.

Apart from that, there is a risk that uploadfilters will become more and more strict, meaning the government decides what can, and what cannot be uploaded. The government controlling what we upload? That means the government controlling what we can and cannot say. Seems like a violation of the basic freedom of speech. You know, where we are allowed to say what we want without any limits prior to our expression…?

So please…take action

Please, please, please. Take action. Nag to your Member of European Parliament. Call them, mail them, send them a postcard. Make a meme for them. Whatever. Just get them to understand that this new proposed law is a monstrosity!

You can even CALL an Member of European Parliament free of charge! Yep, that’s right. The guys (and gals) of Bits of Freedom came up with a nifty tool helping you call MEPs without charges. You will find this tool on savethememe.net/en

Don’t just sit there, DO IT!

 

5 Comments

  • March 31, 2017 - 1:51 pm | Permalink

    Sure – the internet has to stay ‘free’ but we should not allow that our work is being stolen and used. Everybody should use appropriate referencing and recognise use of original work…

  • April 1, 2017 - 9:02 pm | Permalink

    That’s not right…..I hope the Parliament realizes it can’t work 🙁 and people have to be enlightened before they can be persuaded to take actions
    Good luck

  • April 3, 2017 - 6:49 am | Permalink

    Well everyone have a right to protect his work.
    And won’t like if its shared with anyonelse’s name.

    • April 3, 2017 - 8:42 pm | Permalink

      Absolutely. I am not opposed to copyright protection in itself. But I am opposed to the unlimited filtering beforehand (in principle, I am against any form of government censorship) as well as against anything killing the internet.Or do you think those oldtimers who’ve returned as memes would still be asked to do paid appearances if nobody knew them? Or just think of the free exposure series as GoT, or even The Simpsons, get due to all the memes going on!

  • April 3, 2017 - 7:23 am | Permalink

    It will be really sad if there is no more funny memes in the internet anymore.

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