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Wikipedia down in several countries in law protest

05 July, 2018, 19:21 | Author: Rafael Roberts
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The legislation will be sent back to Parliament for further discussion.

As pointed out a special edition of the greatest issues are articles 11 and 13 of the Directive. On Thursday, a plenary session of the entire parliament voted by 318 votes to 278 to reject the legal affairs committee's fast-tracking approach.

The other controversial article, number 11, had proposed online platforms pay publishers a fee if they linked to news content.

As we can see time and time again, even Google and Facebook, which have among the most advanced moderation filters in the world, still struggle to separate copyrighted content from non-copyrighted content or copyrighted content that can be used under the fair use exception. The document can cause significant limitations for Internet users.


As per to Deutsche Welle, the proposed law will make obligatory new regulations for content and direct IT companies to legalize what users upload.

"The EU Parliament has recognised that machine censorship of copyright material is not an easy and simple fix".

Visitors to Wikipedia in many parts of the European Union (and further afield) are met with a banner which urges them to defend the open Internet against the controversial proposal by calling their MEP to voice their opposition to a measure critics describe as "censorship machines", warning it will "weaken the values, culture and ecosystem on which Wikipedia is based". Unlike many online publications, we don't have a paywall or run banner advertising, because we want to keep our journalism open, without influence or the need to chase traffic.

The reforms will be debated again in September, after the changes are refined by policy makers.

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