Memes are one of the greatest phenomena in Internet culture and an example of viral sharing online. For anyone unsure what exactly “memes” are, memes are photos, illustrations, or picture excerpts from films that are usually edited by anonymous users and thus placed in completely new funny context. On platforms such as 9gag and 4Chan, the Internet jokes spread like wildfire and are popular with the online community. However, we rarely consider the legal difficulties when sharing memes as they are usefully just used for light-hearted purposes, but do we have to consider meme copyright? Well, sadly, no matter how light-hearted the intentions copyright still matters.

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