Copyright reform of the EU: Wikipedia goes offline in protest

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Wikipedia Germany has been deactivated today – for an entire day. The move is a protest against the EU's copyright reform and uploads the filters.

By David Zajonz, ARD Capital Studio

No single Wikipedia article in Germany can be read by Internet users today. For the complete blockade, Wikipedia's honorary authors have decided to protest against the planned copyright reform of the EU.

"Our refusal is because we know what it means when all the words on the network that do anything with third-party content go through the filters first and demonstrate their legitimacy before they can appear," says John Weitzmann of Wikimedia. Germany. At the heart of the criticism are the so-called loading filters. These are computer programs that check in advance if a user is uploading copyrighted material.

The loading filters feed the fears

Wikipedia fears that the planned reform of the law of the author of the EU can only be implemented with filters. But they are subject to errors. "He would always go back to Overblocking & # 39; that things that could be published and shared correctly, then suddenly do not appear," warns Weitzmann.

The protest against the upload filters is in full swing. Millions of signatures have been collected. Thousands of people walk the streets. According to Internet expert Sascha Lobo, resistance in Germany is particularly high in the well-organized network community. This includes Lobo and YouTube stars with their millions of fans. "YouTube greats are sometimes worrying about the apolitical," says Lobo. "But when it really comes to things that concern them, they suddenly become pretty strong."

Great coalition in criticism

To the displeasure it contributes that the federal government does not make a good figure. In the coalition agreement, it has clearly rejected the loading filters. In the end, however, he agreed with the reform of the EU. Since then, the #NeverehrCDU hashtag has spread to social media. SPD is also criticized because an SPD minister represented the government in Brussels.

"Justice Minister Katarina Barley said before the last trilogue to negotiate that she did not want to filter, voted in the negotiations, how credible are these Social Democrats?" Also on the left, green and FDP are against loading filters.

SPD rejects the recent CDU push

A few days ago, CDU and CSU raised a proposed solution. Germany should prevent upload filters in the national implementation of the EU directive. A rule in which platforms like YouTube must pay royalty payments to creators.

The CDU general secretary Paul Ziemiak has pursued this idea. "Obviously we want to protect the author's rights and, in the end, we want to strengthen the rights of users in the digital world," he says.

Load the filter yes, but not in Germany? Carsten Schneider, parliamentary director of the SPD, rejects this. "I think it is bold to say that the CDU will not" introduce it to Germany "if its members in the European Parliament vote in favor, that makes no sense," says Schneider. Therefore, the SPD stated that Article 13 of the EU law on the author of the EU should be amended. This would mean changes to the last minute. The authors of Wikipedia and many other network activists hope so.

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