Wikipedia comes back online in Italy, the new copyright law rejected by the European Parliament and the protest stopped: what happened explained well
Wikipedia is back online in Italy, Spain and Poland, where it was voluntarily obscured in protest against the new copyright law (copyright law) approved by the Legal Commission.
Copyright Reform Approved: Everything You Need to Know
Wikipedia blocked what happened
The Italian, Spanish and Polish versions of Wikipedia have temporarily interrupted access to the free online encyclopedia in Europe, a choice by Wikipedia to protest the controversial parts of a package of reforms on copyright in view of a key vote in the parliament which took place on 5 July and which then rejected the proposed legislation postponed to further discussion and analysis in September.
Wikipedia blocked in Italy for several days
Thus, visitors to Wikipedia in many parts of the EU came across a letter urging them to defend the open Internet against the controversial proposal, suggesting they call their deputy to express their opposition to a measure that critics they describe it as a "censorship machine", warning that "it will weaken the values, culture and ecosystem on which Wikipedia is based".
Wikipedia protest for the new copyright law
In a longer letter to visitors, Wikipedia writes that: "if the proposal were approved in its current version, actions such as sharing news on social networks or accessing news through a search engine would become more complicated on the internet ; Wikipedia itself would be at risk. "
What does the new copyright law provide?
There Wikipedia protest follows a vote by the legal affairs committee of the European Parliament last month that proposed a reform of the European law on the Copyright. The two most controversial elements are theArticle 13, which makes online platforms directly responsible for copyright infringement by their users, prompting them to filter all content uploads in advance, creating real censorship machines, with all the potential chilling effects associated with free expression that this mechanism may involve; is Article 11, which addresses the business models of news aggregators by creating a right to payment also for fragments of journalistic content, also known as "link tax".
New Copyright Act, Article 13
Article 13 is probably the most controversial element. The commissioners who drafted this part of the directive seem to have the primary intention of regulating YouTube, which has been the target of the industry's ire in recent years and regarding the relatively small royalties paid to artists for music streaming services.
But critics argue that this is an exaggerated and dangerous approach that would have serious, perhaps unintended, consequences of harming freedom of expression and accessing information online.
New copyright law protests on the Internet
A online petition in which deputies were asked to vote for parliament change the law has raised over 850,000 signatures at the time of the vote.
Speaking in favor of the proposal, Axel Voss MEP – rapporteur of the Legal Affairs Committee who voted in favor of the text last month – said that the new copyright law intends to put an end “to exploitation of European artists on the Internet".
In the ranks of those who opposed the new copyright law, a broad coalition of digital rights organizations, startup groups, Internet architects, computer scientists, academics and web supporters – including Sir Tim Berners-Lee, Vint Cerf , Bruce Schneier, Jimmy Wales and Mitch Kapor, who in an open letter last month claimed that Article 13 "takes an unprecedented step towards transforming the Internet into an open platform for sharing and innovation, in one tool for the surveillance and automated control of its users ".
Wikipedia returns online, the new copyright law is rejected
#SaveYourInternet, The campaign launched on Socials mainly thanks to Wikipedia, seems to have taken effect, has raised the popular protest and led the European Parliament to reconsider the legislation. On 5 July, when the Parliament met to vote in plenary, the new copyright legislation voted against it, postponing it for further investigation. Satisfied Wikipedia that returned immediately online.
New copyright law rejected, now what happens?
The new copyright law will be re-discussed in September starting from 10, it is therefore announced a hot summer for the two factions for and against the famous article 13, to try to convince parliamentarians to make changes or to approve the law as well. So the open discussion and a final decision has not yet been taken.
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