Italy Wikipedia Shuts Down In Protest at EU Copyright Law

(From BBC News)

Italian Wikipedia blocked readers from its own pages on Monday in protest over the future of EU online copyright law.

Critics say the rules, due to be voted on this week, could put an end to memes and remixes, and require platforms to pay for linking to news.

Instead of an encyclopaedia entry, visitors to any page on the Italian language Wikipedia were greeted with a statement about the upcoming vote.

The editors wrote that “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 said.

English-language users of the site were not cut off from its articles – but instead saw a large banner advert urging readers to contact their European representatives, or MEPs, ahead of the vote.

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