Back in December, we reported on proposed legislation from the European Commission that would require the constant monitoring and filtering of virtually everything that is uploaded to the internet in Europe. This legislation, which was proposed in September 2016, could heavily impact everything from memes to fan works, and our friends at Save the Link are putting out a call to action for anyone who uses the internet in the EU to contact their Members of the European Parliament.
One legislative proposal in particular, known as Article 13, could stifle fanworks. The proposal would require some websites to filter user-generated content. If Article 13 passes, your favourite websites would be obligated to implement systems that monitor user-generated content and automatically remove any content that could potentially infringe upon copyright, giving publishing giants the power to block your online expression.