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Wikipedia in some EU countries, in black in protest against copyrightwet

In Germany, the Czech republic, Denmark and Slovakia, Wikipedia is Thursday, went black in protest against the new copyrightwet of the European Union. Work In the Netherlands Wikipedia yet just.

On march 26, 2019, then the European Parliament on new copyrightregelgeving, in which new rules about copyright on the internet are recorded. The authors of Wikipedia in Germany, the Czech republic, Denmark and Slovakia do not agree with the law, and fear, a considerable curtailment of the free internet.

The pages of Wikipedia in German or in Czech are written, are shielded with a black screen. This is to read why there is protest and to draw attention to the new law.

The English pages are still to visit. The protest is an initiative of local Wikipedia-authors, and is not by the Wikimedia Foundation was initiated.

Controversial uploadfilter already been discredited before

The new law is seen by many online platforms are seen as a threat, in particular because of article 13. It says that online platforms are responsible for material that users of a platform to upload.

This makes sites like YouTube, Facebook and so also Wikipedia be held responsible for possible violations of copyright by their users. This will, according to these companies, to a restriction of the free internet lead.

See also:
EU votes for ‘uploadfilter’: What is it and why is it controversial?

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