And then Wikipedia went down!
The online encyclopedia, WIKIPEDIA went down in at least three countries Wednesday in a protest at an upcoming European Parliament. Vote on a highly disputed law that could make online platforms legally liable for copyrighted material put on the web by users.
The countries which were affected were Spain, Italy and Poland. In these countries, a protest statement about the upcoming vote came up. When the online encyclopedia of the web on whatever celebrity, legal case or historical event users had searched for.
The editors of the site wrote “Wikipedia itself would be at risk of closing”.
“If the proposal is approved, it may be impossible to share a newspaper article on social networks or find it on a search engine,” it informed.
English users and readers of the site were not cut off from its articles. But they also saw a large banner advert pleading the readers to contact their European representatives, or MEPs, ahead of the vote. Wikipedia as we all know is an online search giant for any topic. Also it is ranked fifth having a vast traffic over the Internet.
Two articles, i.e. the article 11 and article 13 have been in the main focus of the criticism. Article 13 was even more criticised as it stated requiring websites to enforce copyright, even on content uploaded by users. It demanded that every user should be checking his/her content before uploading their article on the net. Which is no doubt an impossible task for the human beings.
Instead it requires and much expensive system called automated copyright checking systems by every website. This system also results in a much higher rate of error which was a controversial topic on YouTube. It has also led to fears that popular memes, remixes and other material. Which use small amounts of copyrighted material could become a thing of the past and social media without memes is nothing.
“Article 11 of the proposed law requires online platforms to pay publishers a fee if they link to their news content,” said the critics of the article. Means the sites and content linking to the major has sites such as Google and Facebook, have to pay a heavy sum to these sites. Experts review it to be a ‘link tax’ which will affect the web a lot. A collection of 169 European academics wrote that. It was “a bad piece of legislation” which would “affect the free flow of information, a vital importance to democracy”.