The European Parliament, who write laws for the European Union, recently approved Articles 11 and 13, which basically mean "all technology platforms must check that anything people share does not violate copyright infringement."
Stuff like...oh, I don't know....screenshots from television shows and movies would become illegal.
If you feel an ominous rumbling deep within your soul, that's because screenshots like those are basically the life-blood of the international community's beloved meme culture!
One Twitter user, @Senficon, explained exactly what the next EU articles do:
Catastrophic Article 11 vote: The European Parliament just endorsed a #linktax that would make using the title of a… https://t.co/NIOF3ekOnd— Julia Reda (@Julia Reda)1536749720.0
Article 13 vote: The European Parliament endorses #uploadfilters for all but the smallest sites and apps. Anything… https://t.co/KLitzMdl8d— Julia Reda (@Julia Reda)1536749862.0
Naturally, the internet is ready to fight the new laws.
i will defeat the EU— The Elder Memes (@The Elder Memes)1536781436.0
And what else would the internet do when the EU banned memes? Meme even more, of course.
watching memes in EU after the new law https://t.co/eA4SSSwh6n— xxelpme (@xxelpme)1536919624.0
The EU has banned memes, meme warfare has opened a new front #bcm114 https://t.co/ReWalYZVRh— Darcy C (@Darcy C)1536808262.0
Many saw the new rule as a pretty silly one that simply got meme-culture caught in its cross hairs.
world problems: climate change, racism, sexism, homophobia, etc EU: LETS BAN MEMES #SaveYourInternet— nellie (@nellie)1536764855.0
It looks like eu will ban memes and that means that i won't be able to make memes. This is so sad Alexa play despac… https://t.co/WW5JhL8Xr0— MegaPlayer🎮 (K rool main) (@MegaPlayer🎮 (K rool main))1536759781.0
Perhaps the EU will have second thoughts about banning memes after seeing these...
Repost this so the EU will become a meme & they'll ban themselves https://t.co/93FcUhv0wy— Meme Bot (@Meme Bot)1536777173.0
If not, the internet has a back-up plan!
The EU is going to ban memes I guess, but the Internet has a fix for that. https://t.co/PESL5c6Xs8— Steve Ragan (@Steve Ragan)1536826258.0
EU: Memes are now illegal. Me, drawing my own bootleg memes: https://t.co/RIRTy4iotn— Kasper 'KVKH' Hjorth (@Kasper 'KVKH' Hjorth)1536850359.0
Like to instantly ban the EU https://t.co/k8R9wFIKL3— Dank Meme Bot (@Dank Meme Bot)1536949951.0
If this is truly the last batch of memes from the EU, at least they were good ones.
I love the fact that litterally the first thing the internet does after the EU votes to ban memes, is to make memes about it.— Skylos (@Skylos)1536959876.0
The memes are dead! Long live the memes!