European Parliament Drops Oppressive Copyright Rules Which Could 'Ban Memes'

Chris Menahan
Jul. 06, 2018

Europeans' memes are safe, at least for now.

From The Independent:
The European Parliament has voted against an incredibly controversial new set of copyright rules that campaigners claim could "ban memes".

The law will now be sent for a full reconsideration and debate inside the parliament, during which activists will try and remove the controversial Article 11 and 13.
Article 11 has been referred to by campaigners as instituting a "link tax", by forcing tech companies like Google and Facebook to pay to use snippets of content on their own sites. Article 13 adds rules that make tech companies responsible for ensuring any copyrighted material is not spread over their platforms.

Those rules could force technology companies to scan through everything their users post and check it doesn't include copyrighted material. If it is found, the post will be forced to be removed, which campaigners claim could destroy the kind of memes and remixes that spread across the internet.
They tried this same crap with SOPA.
The revamp has triggered strong criticism from Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales, World Wide Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee, net neutrality expert Tim Wu, internet pioneer Vint Cerf and others.

Copyright campaigners claim that the rules are necessary to ensure that material isn't illegally spread across the internet. Europe's broadcasters, publishers and artists including Paul McCartney backed the rules, arguing the controversial Article 13 would protect the music industry.
Indeed, all the liberal champions of freedom want to take away the freedom to share their crappy content without paying them a toll.

They don't care if they have to ruin the entire internet to do it.

The biggest lobbyists are the music industry, movie industry and the news media, all of which are run and controlled by total scumbags who desperately need to be replaced. As much as I hate Google and Facebook for their mass censorship, outlawing search engines is not a solution to fix those industries business models.

As nice as it would be to see the major movie and music companies go bankrupt, they're doing fine thanks to iTunes, Netflix, Amazon, the Google Play Store and so on.

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