Italian Wikipedia becomes non operational due to proposed EU copyright law
Italian Wikipedia becomes non operational due to proposed EU copyright law


Rome [Italy], July 05 (NT): In objection of proposed European Union (EU) copyright laws, the Italian version of Wikipedia will remain shut down for two days.

As per to Deutsche Welle, the proposed law will make obligatory new regulations for content and direct IT companies to legalize what users upload.

In a protest a message has posted on the website which reads, "Freedom of internet at risk."

The leader of the anti-establishment Five Star Movement (M5S) Deputy Prime Minister Luigi Di Maio said that the protest had the full support of the government.

"We welcomed the support of the government," a talking head for the Wikipedia Italia, Maurizio Codogno said Italian news agency ANSA.

He also expected that the M5S members in the European Parliament would also go after Di Maio's suite when the directive goes to a vote on July 5.

In spite of the EU deciding to keep out Wikipedia from being affected, as it was an encyclopedia, Wikipedia has held protests in shared aims with those that will be affected.

Codogno stated that Wikipedia's actions were not to save itself, but to clash for the free web, and to "preserve the Web as a space that is open to less visible realities."

 Worth mention here about 70 computer scientists, including the originator of the World Wide Web, Tim Berners-Lee, 169 academics and 145 human rights, press freedom, and scientific research organizations has come together with Wikipedia in protest of the proposed law. (NT)



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