The free porn website PornHub joined two other online giants using their sites to register their protest against the new EU law of copyright (European Union will vote on that these days) and encourage visitors to the sites to pressure EU lawmakers to vote it down.
PornHub posted a banner at the top of the European version of its site.
Reddit, the self-described “front page of the internet” discussion forum and the online encyclopedia Wikipedia also protested the planned new law, according to a Business Insider report. Reddit flashed error messages every time a user inside the EU attempted to upload a file on Thursday, while Wikipedia completely blocked its site to users in several EU countries, including Germany and Denmark, Business Insider reported.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation says that only two articles of this law have caused a political and online debate, and could totally change the way Europeans use the Internet.
Article 11 would impose a “link tax”, requiring sites such as Google News and other aggregators to pay a fee for linking to outside articles, if the linking site reprints more than a “snippet” of the original, linked article. But as EFF notes, the EU directive does not define what constitutes a “snippet”, leaving that up to individual countries to decide. The law also contains no protection for smaller sites, such as personal blogs, or non-commercial sites including Wikipedia. Article 11 further consolidates the control of online news and information in the hands of giant corporate content providers, EFF says, “because giant companies will license the right to link to each other but not to smaller sites, who will not be able to point out deficiencies and contradictions in the big companies’ stories.”
Article 13 requires sites to take full responsibility for copyright violations, or alleged violations by users on their sites. The provision would force social media sites such as Facebook and YouTube to monitor their entire networks 24/7 for possible violations.