Wikipedia Protests EU’s Internet-Killing Copyright Initiative

Friday, 06 Jul, 2018

But US tech giants and internet freedom activists were against the idea, calling it a "link tax" that would stifle discourse on the Internet.

The other is mandatory upload filtering, which would require online platforms such as YouTube, GitHub, and Instagram to install filters to prevent users from uploading copyrighted materials or seek licenses to display content.

WND reported in advance of the vote that the EU's committee on legal affairs supported the plan. But several dozen MEPs drew on the rarely-used Parliament rule number 69c to challenge the committee decision.

"What is it that we are talking about?"

The Independent Music Companies Association, supportive of article 13, said there was "a massive disinformation campaign going on" and spoke of "scaremongering". "It is the end of exploitation of European artists on the internet", said Voss.

The online information hub was joined by 70 computer scientists, including creator of the world wide web, Tim Berners-Lee, 169 academics and 145 human rights, press freedom, and scientific research organizations in a letter of condemnation of the proposed law.

Critics of the bill had focused on two articles.

Wikipedia Is down in around three countries.It is in response to coming European Union voting on copyrighted material published on the net by users. "We can not fast-track such an important legislation".

But Wikipedia chief Jimmy Wales and Greens MEP Julia Reda, a leading campaigner on the issue, insist that it will.

The European Parliament has voted to reject sweeping reforms to copyright laws that threatened to tear the internet apart. However, the articles will now be sent for a vote in front of all MEPs to see whether there is still widespread support for the proposed legislation.

Monique Goyens, director general of the European Consumer Organisation, said in a statement on Thursday that "MEPs have a chance to correct a heavily unbalanced report and make copyright work for both consumer and creators".

McCartney wrote to MEPs accusing some internet platforms of refusing to compensate artists for their work "while they exploit it for their own profit".