Date of Award
Master of Arts
Richard K Popp
David Allen, Michael Newman
Advertising, Brands, Consumer culture, Copyright law, Internet memes, Participatory culture
This study investigates the impact of the EU digital copyright directive, Article 13, on memes and internet culture. Due to their transformative nature, it is tricky to fit memes into a traditional copyright framework. Article 13’s filter algorithms will be coded to detect posts that make use of intellectual property, thereby complicating the use of copyrighted images drawn from film and television. This study includes a discourse analysis of news coverage of Article 13 to explore how various groups characterized the value of meme culture and the threats posed by the new directive. It also includes a textual analysis of several social media advertising campaigns that utilized memes to promote products and build brand images. The thesis argues that the degree of diversity in meme culture will be threatened due to different state-based interpretations of copyright and that the use of memes as an advertising medium will likely be undermined.
Beykont, Yasemin, "Memes and Copyright: Article 13, Branding, and Digital Remix Culture" (2020). Theses and Dissertations. 2460.