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Memes Are Here to Stay, and So Is Your Risk of Being Sued for Copyright Infringement

June 2021

Memes have become a significant part of internet pop culture. Popular memes such as “Disaster Girl,” “Distracted Boyfriend,” and “Success Kid” have been shared rampantly throughout the internet and social media both in their original forms and in countless derivatives.

Meme sharers do so for a variety of reasons, including social or political commentary or simply for comedic purposes. Memes generally incorporate images or photographs created by another creator, and based on the facts of each specific case, may infringe on the original creator’s copyright.

On the other hand, Creators such as photographers and artists currently have only one option for enforcing their copyright — filing suit in federal court.

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