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Old May 11th, 2017, 07:16 AM   #1
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Russia just made a ton of Internet memes illegal

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In post-Soviet Russia, you donít make memes. Memes make (or unmake?) you.

That is, at least, the only conclusion we can draw from an announcement made this week by Russiaís three-year-old media agency/Internet censor Roskomnadzor, which made it illegal to publish any Internet meme that depicts a public figure in a way that has nothing to do with his ďpersonality.Ē

Sad Keanu? Nope.

Sad Putin? Absolutely not.

ďThese ways of using [celebritiesí images] violate the laws governing personal data and harm the honor, dignity and business of public figures,Ē reads the policy announcement from Roskomnadzor.

To be clear, this isnít a new law passed by parliament or anything ó itís just a (pretty startling) clarification of existing policy, published to the popular social network Vkontakte. According to Russian media, the announcement came in light of a lawsuit filed by the Russian singer Valeri Syutkin, who sued an irreverent Wikipedia-style culture site over an image macro that paired his picture with some less-than-tasteful lyrics from another artistís song. On Tuesday, a Moscow judge ruled for Syutkin, prompting the Roskomnadzor to publish an update to its ďpersonal data laws.Ē


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Old May 11th, 2017, 07:17 AM   #2
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Putin no like memes

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Well that is no fun, give it a few more years and the UK and western Europe will be the same with all the speech laws in place.
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Old May 11th, 2017, 07:28 AM   #4
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So in Russia you would be like mute, voiceless, unable to communicate on the internet.
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