Italian Wikipedia becomes non operational due to proposed European Union copyright law

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Visitors to Wikipedia in many parts of the European Union (and further afield) are met with a banner which urges them to defend the open Internet against the controversial proposal by calling their MEP to voice their opposition to a measure critics describe as "censorship machines", warning it will "weaken the values, culture and ecosystem on which Wikipedia is based".

The EU attempted to rush the laws through and into secret negotiations with the European Council and unelected European Commission before UKIP and other parties pushed for a vote.

Article 11, another controversial element of the laws, will also be debated again amid fears that it could impose a "link tax" on companies including Google for linking to publishers.

In short, the entire internet has been on major freak-out mode for a while, but in what could eventually prove to be a historic moment in time, the European Parliament today voted 318-278 against the copyright law - but only in its current form.

Mr Batten said Thursday that he wanted the final text to protect "alternative media" after critics claimed the "link tax", whereby websites would be charged for referencing content, would hand the well-resourced mainstream media an advantage.

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The bill's backers included some broadcasters, publishers and former Beatle Paul McCartney, who said it would level the playing field for content holders.

The parliament said the USA should be given until 1 September to fix the issues.

"All MEPs will get to vote on #uploadfilters and the #linktax September 10-13".

Let us know what you think of this outcome in the comments.

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

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