AFTER THE European Parliament voted on Tuesday to pass the Copyright Directive, including the much-criticised Article 13, some MEPs are now claiming that they voted for it by mistake.
It passed by just five votes, and European MPs from Sweden have now said that they didn't mean to support the motion.
Apparently, they pressed the wrong button.
In short, they claim, the intention was to "open a debate" and whilst usually EU votes can be altered after the fact, this time, it appears that the vote will stand on the "tough cheddar" amendment (which we just made up).
It would be very easy to go down the "you had one job" route with this, especially given the rather draconian nature of the legislation, but the whole thing is such a bewildering mess, it's not entirely surprising.
The vote was, as they understood it, to vote in favour of voting down (see - confusing already) a plan to pass the entire bill without further debate. In other words, it was a vote to not-not debate Article 11 and 13 before voting for the bill in its entirety, not voting not to vote in favour of the whole thing without further discourse.
Clear? No? Exactly.
The Swedish contingent has filed notice that it meant to vote the other way, but sadly the vote will still stand, meaning some of the strictest copyright laws in the democratic world just passed because some of those voting didn't understand the question and now want to change their minds.
Wait - doesn't that all sound a bit familiar?
Officially, the big issue, that of 'banning memes' is subject to an exception to the new rules, but if, as is being mooted, the system will be enforced by computers, not human beings, it will be very difficult to upload a "Steamed Hams" meme without the EU filters seeing it as a copyright breach of 21st Century Fox.
This is the way the world ends. Not with a bang. But with a button. μ
'Some of us like the misery'
That'll surely affect its credit score