Hi, we have been getting tons of modmails asking us about Europe's new Article 13 law that just passed. The fear is that it bans memes that feature copyrighted content, so basically all memes. With the exception of loomynartylenny, who is actually studying international law, we are kind of ignorant what this means in the real world, aka the USA and more specifically, /r/dankmemes. One of the chief points of Article 13 is that the person posting the content is not the only one liable for damages, but also the website that allows it, and could that also mean mods? Some of us have lofty ambitions in life and we do not need a criminal record just so your Drake meme about marmite and crumpets can be seen.
This article about Article 13 gave us a sigh of relief but then Loomy told us that we shouldn't take it at face value, that they promise things like this all the time to try to entrap people. They reminded us of that time the UK banned all hardcore bondage porn and how it led to one of their friends being interviewed by police, their friend honestly believed he was within the law but still got a knock on the door. That isn't really something we signed up for when we became mods. Making out with each other while removing your posts, that's why we're here, not this.
We tried to contact some legit legal type people who don't mind being paid in bits of string, but the best we could come up with were other redditors. Long story short, between speaking to them and speaking to admins, nobody seems willing to give us a straight answer on our personal liability if a lawsuit is filed against a user of dankmemes. "Guess we'll just have to find out ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ " isn't good enough when you're talking about potential legal costs and damage to reputation, potential lost wages, in the case of one dankmemes mod who is someone mildly important IRL, it could damage their future political career. These things are important, not your jolly good brexit meme.
Starting immediately until we have definitive proof that this won't make us liable, we are going to have to do our due diligence to get potential Article 13 memes out of here. This sub is incredibly busy, it's not an easy task at all, and I really wish you Europeans could follow your own damn laws and not put us in this position in the first place, but asap, all posts from europe will not be allowed. We tried our best to come up with ways to do this so nothing else is really affected but the only way to be certain that we don't have a problem is to prevent people who show signs of being European from posting at all.
Enter /u/article_13_bot, I am really really sorry to do this to le redditeurs and das shitposters but I don't understand why we can't get a straight answer on this topic from anyone. Hopefully, this will expedite the delivery of promises made to us to find out more info and "keep us posted". ALL EU BASED r/dankmemes USERS WILL BE BANNED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
Also, since there is no way this thread will go well, I'm just going to go ahead and lock it and immediately go to bed. I am really sorry that we are in this position, I'm hoping it will be temporary. If not, may I recommend the vibrant and robust communities in /r/britishmemes and /r/frenchmemes. Last month we had almost ten posts!
Je suis désolé, Es tut mir leid, Mi dispiace, Sinto muito, Förlåt, Lo siento
I am a mod of the /r/dankmemes community and have run it for 10 years, I am greatly emotionally invested in the /r/dankmemes community and the site reddit.com. The EU's actions to coordinate laws against me have left me emotionally disturbed and distressed, and I have suffered anxiety because of this.
A helpful user sent me this, I don't speak Italian so I couldn't read it but apparently there is more hope than we thought that this won't go through, I guess maybe call your local
congressman le parliamentman and let them know how you feel. But in the meantime, we are going to proceed as if it will go through, because better safe than sorry