An EU committee has approved two new copyright rules that campaigners warn could destroy the internet as we know it.
The two controversial new rules – known as Article 11 and Article 13 – introduce wide-ranging new changes to the way the web works.
Article 13 has been criticised by campaigners who claim that it could force internet companies to “ban memes”. It requires that all websites check posts against a database of copyrighted work, and remove those that are flagged.
That could mean memes – which often use images taken from films or TV shows – could be removed by websites. The system is also likely to go wrong, campaigners say, pointing to previous examples where automated systems at YouTube have taken down a variety of entirely innocent posts.
Smaller sites might not even be able to maintain such a complicated infrastructure for scanning through posts, and therefore might not be able to…
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