Do memes violate copyright law?

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      The article discusses the legal aspects of Internet memes, and it addresses whether viral videos, photographs, and ideas violate the copyright laws in places such as Germany and America. A U.S. litigation matter involving a Socially Awkward Penguin meme, the Getty Images Inc. stock photography firm, and the Germany-based Stern & Schatz GmbH (Get Digital) consumer goods company is examined. Copyright license fee claims and Get Digital's use of the penguin meme in microblog posts are assessed.