The European Parliament has voted to pass the new EU Copyright Directive. The legislation passed by 438 votes to 226 with 39 abstention in the European Parliament.
Because of Article 11, people will soon no longer be able to put links to news sites on social media platforms such as Facebook without paying those news sites. Actually, Facebook, Twitter, and other online platforms would have to pay these organizations. As big as these companies are, they won’t pay news organizations every time a user post a link to a news site. Therefore, social media companies simply won’t allow their users to post links to news sites. Because of article 13, fair use will die. Therefore, memes will no longer exist.
However, websites such as GitHub and Wikipedia will be exempt from Article 13, and exceptions to the “link tax” that allow for the sharing of mere hyperlinks and “individual words” describing articles without constraint.
The Copyright Directive will affect the entire world. For one thing, since the web is worldwide, companies such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube will have to comply with the copyright directive. Secondly, if the European Union could pass such a law, then other countries such as Canada and the United States could pass similar laws.
However, there is hope. The directive itself still faces a final vote in January 2019. After that it will need to be implemented by individual EU member states.
Check out the following sources for more information. https://www.wired.co.uk/article/eu-article-13-passed-meme-war https://www.theverge.com/2018/9/12/17849868/eu-internet-copyright-reform-article-11-13-approved