The rejection of a law that threatened memes is being celebrated with memes
The European Parliament will look at copyright reform again in September.
As a copyright law that threatened memes and other other shared content online was rejected by MEPs, Twitter users celebrated in the most appropriate way.
Two parts to the proposed law, Article 11 and Article 13, could have not only affected memes but also the sharing of remixed music, parodies, links and gamers’ live streams.
A total of 318 MEPs voted against the copyright directive, versus 278 in favour and, although they will return to the issue later in the year, people brought out their memes and GIFs to celebrate the decision.
Great news! Whilst the idea behind this #copyright law came from good intentions, it was 15 years too late. To try and enforce it now would just hurt the small artists, musicians, writers and businesses even more. #SaveTheInternet #EU pic.twitter.com/Ny51HBig2c— Oliver Cook (@AYOnewsOli) July 5, 2018
*checks the status on the EU's Copyright Directive* pic.twitter.com/ds3CEFqWDT— Maxine C. (@MaxineIsATwit) July 5, 2018
Copyright law reform will be looked at again when the European Parliament returns from summer recess in September.