Copyright law has always been a very controversial topic. It is often difficult to reach a consensus on how to balance the interests of copyright holders and the freedom of information circulation and secondary creation. Recently, the EU intends to pass a new copyright law, and several large websites have been shut down for a short time, hoping to attract public attention.
The controversial EU copyright directive is a copyright law that is updated again and again in the local time. Although the directive was mainly revised in response to changes in the Internet age, it is criticized that there are two provisions that are potentially dangerous. This includes Article 11, which allows publishers to charge fees when content is linked, and Article 13, which makes the platform legally responsible for uploading copyrighted content to users.
The support side believes that the new legislation will provide publishers and content creators with the tools they need to recover the value of their work from the US technology giant. However, opponents believe that the politicians behind the legislation do not understand the scope of the law they have proposed. If the directive is implemented, it will undermine the freedom of speech on the Internet.
The new legislation will be voted in the EU on March 26, while large websites such as Wikipedia, Reddit, Twich, and PornHub will remind European users of their protests to the government by shutting down or posting notices. More than 5 million people have signed the online alliance against Article 13.