To inform the general public about the upcoming EU copyright reform and Article 13, the HeiDoc platforms and services are not operating on 21 March 2019. That includes HeiDoc.net, WinCert.net (blog and forum), ChristianDiscourse.net (Christian Debate), Wirbellosen-Auktionshaus.com, and the Windows ISO Downloader.The Blackout Day is a Europe wide day of protest, initiated by Wikipedia, but many platforms are joining it.
What would be the impact of Article 13? Most platforms would be forced to implement upload filters for copyrigh protected videos, images, photos, other visuals, music, spoken words and text on any user-generated content. The impact on the freedom of speech and the freedom of information would be disastrous.
What would be the impact on HeiDoc? We could keep all static content, and the Wirbellosen-Auktionshaus marketplace, but probably not the forums (WinCert and Christian Debate) and social media channels (YouTube, Facebook, Twitter). So the impact on us as a business is really severe. For a bit more detailed information, watch our video.
What sources of information are there? What else can be done?
Since the forums are offline today, the best way to get in touch is via Facebook.