EUROPE, YOU’LL ONLY PRY THAT MEME FROM MY COLD DEAD TYPING FINGERS – …and then they came for the memes:
Memes could be about to vanish from the web if the EU enforces its revamped copyright laws, say experts.
The proposed regulation will force websites to filter out text, audio, photos and video shared by users against an ever-expanding database of copyrighted works.
Beyond memes, the law could — for example — impact still or moving images that contain copyrighted music or posters in the background.
The regulation is the EU’s stab at restructuring copyright law for the internet age in an effort to protect digital rights holders like record labels, photo agencies and film studios.
But privacy advocates warn the rules — which will be debated this month — violate the fundamental rights of internet users and could be used to excessively censor the web.