Russia is building a “sovereign Internet”, trying to limit most interaction of its citizens with other countries. But Europe in its own attempts to restrict freedom on the Internet, although it is dictated by other goals – economic. But the appeal is is equally. And if in Russia it is secretive and shy, in Europe is becoming more and more opponents of the reform of copyright, which, according to the users, may restrict freedom on the Internet.
Tens of thousands of Germans were taken on Saturday, March 23, participating in protests against the reform of copyright in the European Union, which, as its critics fear, will lead to the restriction of freedoms on the Internet. In Munich, according to police, took to the streets 40 thousand people carrying placards: “Save the Internet” and “don’t break the Internet,” according to DW.
In Cologne, the share reached around 10 thousand people. In Hamburg, Hanover, Berlin, düsseldorf, the organizers counted a few thousand members.
Action in defense of a free Internet are in Germany for a few weeks, the fate that the draft law will be decided on Tuesday in the European Parliament. Reform, the essence of which is to modernize copyright in the digital age, is discussed in the EU from 2016. Around the bill has been heavy debate.
Major Internet companies, including Google and Wikipedia, were against certain articles of the reform. Speech, in particular, was about the articles 11 and 13. The first obliges aggregators or social network to pay the media for the re-use of their materials. The second involves the liability of Internet portals for copyright infringement by their users.
For the entry into force of the decision must be approved by representatives of all member countries of the European Union and the European Parliament. According to the Agency dpa, the procedures in such cases are most often of a formal character.
But the broader Internet community is afraid of significant limitations that will entail the reform of copyright.