Wikipedia pages across Europe go 'dark for a day' in protest to new EU copyright laws

Mail Online | 3/22/2019 | Alexander Robertson;Chris Dyer For Mailonline
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Several websites across Europe including Wikipedia were switched off today as part of a mass protest against contentious copyright laws being proposed by the European Union.

A number of popular sites across the web are 'going dark' and blocking access in parts of Europe for 24 hours in a last ditch attempt to stop new 'web censorship' rules ahead of a final vote on March 26.

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The EU Copyright Directive would make the platforms, including Instagram and YouTube, responsible for any copyright infringement by users.

A majority of EU countries backed an overhaul of the bloc's copyright rules last month which could force Google and Facebook to filter out copyright-protected content on their platforms - including YouTube and Instagram - and pay publishers for news snippets.

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Most controversially, article 13 of the law could force sites to install filters that automatically stop users from posting copyright-protected content to avoid falling foul of the new rules.

Article 13 has been dubbed the 'meme ban' as these filters could block many images and GIFs even though they have been used as parodies and so are exempt from copyright law.

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The proposal, endorsed by EU members states last month, is unpopular with many web giants and European citizens who view it as an attempt to censor the web.

The German, Danish, Czech, and Slovak versions of Wikipedia were switched off today in protest at the plans.

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Meanwhile sites such as Reddit, PornHub and Twitch are displaying large banners on their homepages and social media accounts asking users to help #saveyourinternet.

In a statement, the Wikimedia Foundation said: 'Wikipedia's volunteer communities recognize the importance that any one Wikipedia plays in the world, and its authority as a collection of knowledge, relies upon the neutrality of its content.

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'And as we said in another community-led civic engagement seven years ago, Wikipedia's articles...
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