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Protest against Upload-Filter : German-language Wikipedia is for a day offline

Per hour is obtained the German-language page of the Online encyclopedia Wikipedia is usually more than 1.3 million Times, but this Thursday the requests of the users go partnership into the Void. "To Protest against the EU copyright reform, the German Wikipedia is the 21st century. March for 24 hours switched off," according to Wikimedia, as the operator of offer at the top of the Wikipedia site. In the meantime, is the date on which the EU parliamentarians will advise finally, on the Reform. At the Thursday meetings, set in Brussels, the schedule for the plenary next week. Accordingly, the members of the EU Parliament will vote on Tuesday on the controversial Copyright Directive. For Saturday Europe are previously wide Protest demonstrations against the new EU Directive is planned.

From the Community

For the desired political effect, the solution is sufficient. I would take the Wikipedia, however, is the same for a week, so that everyone can feel the gap significantly.

...writes user Paul undpaula

The Association Wikimedia has defended the shutdown of Wikipedia Germany on Thursday. "This is the most drastic means, we have at our disposal in order to point at something", said the head of politics and law in the case of Wikimedia, John Weitz man, in several Radio broadcasts, among other things, on Bayern 2, and in the Germany radio. Weitzman hopes that the European copyright reform is going to change in Brussels, as they could meet the proposed Form is absolutely non-commercial platforms, such as Wikipedia sensitive. So do not be still clear whether for such platforms, the exception rules will apply. "It is a bit like that, so if you shoot with the shotgun on all platforms, and a few schussichere West. This is neither the future nor the draft law provides security." Wikipedia Germany could then be used for pictures and Videos, made liable to the User without copyright permission on the platform.

decision of the Wikipedia editors

"For the first Time, the German-speaking Community of authors is to perform a complete shutdown," reads a blog post the Wikimedia. Several other language versions follow this example, or show banners on the main page. Other website such as support the Protest against the feared censorship of the Internet, with banners against the Reform.

a Protest against the EU's plans for copyright reform in Bremen, Germany photo: dpa/Carmen Jaspersen

The German-language Wikipedia refers to as a basis for decision-making on a picture of the mood of the Community. A choice of two options: The complete shutdown of the website and the circuit of a protest banner. In the content of voting, 139 members of the Community supported the shutdown for 24 hours and 28 for the protest banner. "We want creative professionals to be remunerated for their work. We also want high-quality journalism is still possible. What we don't want to, is a departure into a non-free Internet," reads the justification of the step

concern for Free Knowledge in a filtered Internet

The EU copyright Directive in March finally, the EU has to vote to Parliament, before the Copyright Directive will then be transferred within a period of two years, in national law, include two particularly controversial articles. Clause eleven stipulates the introduction of a European ancillary copyright for press publishers, article 13 technical measures to prevent copyright infringements. "Even the smallest Internet platforms would have to bind the copyright violations of their users, and User preventive, what Filter would be, in practice, only by means of error - and abuse-prone Upload feasible," it says in a Text that will be published on Thursday on the Wikipedia page. "In addition, all sites would need to acquire for short text excerpts from media articles licences, to a new publisher to comply with the law." Both together could compromise the freedom of expression, art, and freedom of the press considerably. For the Wikipedia, the exception rules of article 13 shall apply, but the Community feared that "the Free Know will suffer, if Wikipedia remains an oasis in the filtered desert of the Internet.“

The situation remains confused

How weird the situation is, showed up in Berlin. German Chancellor Angela Merkel spoke out in Parliament against the Uplaod Filter, although the controversial compromise with the Christian Democrats ' support came to be. In Europe, almost a decade had been discussed, to come to a performance protection law. Now should be tried, without which the Directive is not referred to upload filters to get along, said Merkel. The CDU-MEP Axel Voss said, "the platforms that we want to achieve with article 13, are, in fact, only the active platforms, the know exactly that you have copyrighted materials on your platform, to make a profit and in the Public opinion".
The CDU had recently announced that the implementation of the EU copyright law reform in the German law on Upload Filter in favor of flat-rate taxes without. The resist Julia Reda of the pirate party, one of the fiercest opponents of the Directive speaks. "It is not entirely clear that the implementation of article 13, without the Upload is Filter possible," she said.

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