The European Parliament decided to finalize the Directive on Copyright, which jeopardized the existence on the Internet of memes, parodies and other similar phenomena of the modern world wide web. The new version of the law implies an automated search for possible facts of violation of rights to photographs and illustrations, followed by their blocking.
Opponents of the law believe that the new version of the law will simply destroy memes, because they often use images protected by copyright. Under the “impact” are not only images, but also other content, now freely distributed on the network, including quoting.
The document was sent for revision, as against its adoption received 318 votes, for – 278, abstained – 21.