Wikipedia has shut down its services in Spanish temporarily as a protest against the proposal of the vote by the European Parliament on Thursday 5 July for reform of the community regulation of copyright in the articles 11 and 13. The encyclopedia will remain obscured before and during the vote on the text, along this Wednesday and until 12 noon (Spanish time gmt) on the Thursday, July 5, as has been announced by Wikipedia through a press release on its website.
The reform proposal that the European Parliament vote on Thursday, incorporates article 13 of the regulation of copyright in the EU, and establishes the obligation for the platforms providing internet access to establish a filtering through of an automatic system of all the content that users upload. The goal is to prevent the sharing of material that infringes copyright.
The EU proposal also sets out transparency obligations for companies on the internet, including payments to creators to “strengthen its negotiating position”, as well as a reform of article 11 of the rules, that would codify the call rate Google at the european level.
Wikipedia believes that the approval of the reform of the community law rights of the author “would harm significantly the open internet that we know today” by imposing “new filters, barriers and restrictions to access to the web”, as explained in the press release. According to the organization, “actions such as sharing news on social networks, or the access to it through a search engine would become more complicated in the internet”. The own encyclopedia would be at risk, they add. The proposal might also affect media content such as quotations and parodies, as well as memes and remixes of songs. Wikipedia has called on the european parliamentarians to vote against the current text and proposed “the deletion of articles 11 and 13, the extension of freedom of panorama across the EU and the preservation of the public domain”.
The Thursday, July 5, the European Parliament adopts in full the proposed law, which was approved by the Committee on Legal Affairs (JURI) last June 20. In addition to Wikipedia, this reform has aroused the opposition of personalities of the Web as the creator of the World Wide Web, Tim Berners-Lee and Internet pioneer Vinton Cerf, as well as 169 academics and 145 organizations for human rights, freedom of the press, the scientific research and technological development.