Connect with us

News

The end of memes? Campaigners dismayed at European internet ruling

Published

on

//media1.s-nbcnews.com/i/newscms/2018_25/2474191/180621-antonioguillem-romantic-triangle-meme-al-1014_69ed0ea77b02b618ee16e8c96bedd591.jpg

Get breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings.

SUBSCRIBE

LONDON — A means to an end, or an end to memes?

Tech leaders and digital rights activists in Europe have expressed dismay over new rules they say could change the open nature of the internet forever — and potentially kill meme culture.

They have been fighting against Article 13 of the proposed E.U. Copyright Directive, which would place responsibility for enforcing copyright law on websites and platforms, rather than individuals.

It would mean that any website or platform that allows users to post images, footage, sound or code would have to use content recognition technologies — branded “censorship machines” by critics — to filter out just about anything that infringes on a copyright, and either prevent the platform from uploading or push it to seek licenses.

These algorithms could mean that even internet meme culture, in which people use common images to create running jokes, could be unintentionally scuttled.

Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement

X

Copyright © 2018 Lifestyle.ng. powered by Identical.Media.