The Link Tax must die!

21 March 2017 — Open Media

We believed that if enough of us spoke out together, we could make a huge difference in fighting against online censorship.

And we were right.

In the European Parliament MEPs have recently been turning against the link tax and mandatory online filtering in unprecedented ways.[1]

One key decision maker, Therese Comodini Cachia, has even put forward plans to put a stop to both censorship machines and the link tax. She’s responsible for drafting Parliament’s position on the law: this is huge! [2]

Big industry groups are scrambling to reverse our progress, and lobbyists are branding her as controversial.

Now key MEPs have just 10 days to put forward amendments to Cachia’s plan. With a crucial debate happening this week, you can reach MEPs — including representatives on this influential committee!

Your voice is powerful. Please send your MEPs a letter today to ask them to speak up for you and in favour of removing Europe’s #LinkTax (Article 11) and upload filter #CensorshipMachine (Article 13).

It’s easy to underestimate the impact we’re having right now in a big bureaucratic process.

Publisher lobbyists are rounding back to the failed argument that people “only read the headlines and snippets” and that not enough of us “click on links”.[3] They forget that links are foundational to the web, like the signposts to get you where you’re going.

They don’t understand that linking is what makes the web work, allowing us all to access and share information. Restricting links restricts the function of the Internet and closes people out of the system. But MEPs are getting it.

Speak up now: Tell your MEP where you stand so they can represent *your views* in the big debate this week.

Thanks for all that you do.

Best wishes,
Ruth

P.S. We are having a Reddit AMA tomorrow on all things EU copyright! If you want to learn more about what’s happening, you can ask me live on 22nd March at 5pm CET here: https://www.reddit.com/r/europe/

Footnotes

[1] Parliament to defang EU copyright reform: EU Observer

[2] Good news! The European Parliament has just dealt a major blow to the Commission’s Link Tax plans: OpenMedia

[3] European Publishers Council statement.