An Attack on Memes, Trump Supporters and Young People: EU Passes Article 13
The European Union’s controversially voted to govern copyrighted content posted online. | Source: Youtube
By CCN.com: Article 13 was passed in the European Parliament on Tuesday as the World Wide Web fell further into the hands of EU bureaucrats. After multiple revisions, the directive was eventually passed by 348 MEP’s, with 274 against.
Content hosts have always had to police their own platforms for copyright infringements – but now they are being made legally liable for what an individual uploads to their sites.
The power of memes is a threat to the establishment and a help to Trump
The clause in Article 13 which has caused all the commotion is as follows:
“Article 13 holds larger technology companies responsible for material posted without a copyright licence. Tech companies already remove music and videos which are copyrighted, but under the new laws they will be more liable for any copyrighted content.”
While the legislation later pays lip service to the idea of protecting fair criticism and satire, the truth is that the people hit hardest by this law will be the meme makers.
The EU is leveraging pressure on (predominantly left-wing) internet platforms in order to tighten the squeeze on political commentators, satirical critics, meme-makers – in other words, the independent wing of the New Media.
If we go by YouTube’s current demographics, most of those being targeted, directly or indirectly, are young, millennial and male. The kind of young men who wouldn’t know much about writing a letter to their local political representative, and who don’t feel very represented by politics at all.