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Anyone who wants to look up the German-language Wikipedia today will be prevented from doing so by a protest note. The popular join-in lexicon has been completely switched off since midnight, but "only" for one day, as could already be read in the blog of the Wikimedia Germany association last week. There are protests against the planned EU copyright reform, which is to be voted on in the European Parliament next week.

At the beginning of March 2019, two thirds of 222 registered members expressed their support for a protest in an opinion sheet (the link will only be available again from Friday). Articles 11 and 13 of the planned law are particularly criticized. Section 11 provides for a strict ancillary copyright for press publishers. In the future, the publisher's license would be required to use the smallest excerpts of journalistic content online. This would, for example, affect the automatic previews or snippets of news articles with images and text excerpts that are often shared via social media. Article 13 is intended to oblige commercial apps and online platforms in the future to check the uploaded contributions of their members in advance for copyrighted material. Technically, this would only be possible with so-called upload filters. These computer programs are however prone to errors and could also block regular contributions. The Wikipedia community therefore fears that the planned EU reform could lead to the free Internet having a considerably restricted effect. The criticism is i.a. also shared by the German Library Association (dbv), which sees the copyright reform as contradicting library values.

But what should you do if you are embarrassed to look up a term today? Biblioblog presents four alternatives to get through the day:

    1. Wikipedia app: Due to the technical complexity, it was not possible to transfer the protest to the app versions. You can still download them from the well-known app stores (e.g. iOS version via App Store or Android version via Google) and use them regularly. Anyone who has already installed the app in advance and has selected it as the standard when looking up will hardly notice today's protest, unless you try to visit the Wikipedia homepage.
    2. Use other Wikipedia language version: Wikipedia exists in almost 300 languages. The shutdown affects “only” the German version or versions in German-speaking dialects (see Alemannic Wikipedia). Via www.wikipedia.org, for example, the English-language version can be used without restriction, which offers more than twice as much content with 5.8 million articles due to the numerically larger language community.
    3. Use mirror: The Wikipedia content is subject to a Creative Commons license, which includes: distribution under the same conditions, also for commercial projects, is permitted. Many services have made use of this and simply present original Wikipedia articles under a different layout. For example, the Center for Educational Informatics at the University of Education in Bern has created a mirror with Wikibu.ch that provides assistance in assessing the quality of articles (for details see article in Biblioblog 07/2009).
    4. Use alternatives: In terms of scope and popularity, no other provider can compete with the German-language Wikipedia. Currently it is around 2.3. Million articles and is accessed around 30 million times a day. You don't have to go straight for the analog alternative, as sueddeutsche.de chanted in an article yesterday. The Free University of Berlin has more than 2100 licensed and free online resources in its database information system (DBIS), including numerous specialist encyclopaedias. Munzinger Online offers, for example, editorially prepared country profiles, a memorial calendar or biographies. Anyone who researches in the field of literature can hardly get past Killy, Kindler's literary lexicon or the author database. The World Biographical Information System, also licensed by the FU, comprises around 8.5 million biographical articles on more than six million people from around 8,600 reference works ranging from the 16th to the beginning of the 21st century. Anyone who speaks English can use the free online offer of the venerable Encyclopædia Britannica.
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Author Marc SpiesekePosted on Categories General, Databases, Looked into the net, PresentedTags EU copyright reform, offline, Protest, Wikimedia, Wikipedia