Link Tax: Old Wine now in New Bottle

24 August 2016 — OpenMedia

This is unreal. Yesterday, we asked you to tell the EU Commission to abandon plans for the link tax by sharing hard-hitting social media images.[1]

Thanks to you, later the same day, the EU Commission responded to our campaign on Twitter, saying “The @EU_Commission does not have any plans to tax hyperlinks.”[2] But here’s the problem: they’ve rebranded the link tax from ‘ancillary rights’ to so-called ‘neighbouring rights’.

They’re feeling the pressure, but why should we believe them?[3] They’ve tried to disguise the link tax before,[4]  and they’re not gonna slip it passed us this time either.

Please hold EU decision-makers accountable. Share this new image on Facebook and Twitter demanding the EU Commission reject the link tax in any form while we’ve got them sweating.

Ancillary copyright, neighbouring rights, link tax, publishers' right = all fees for links

Share on Facebook | Share on Twitter

Any proposal that gives publishers new powers to charge a fee for using snippets of text in links online cannot be allowed in the EU.[5] [6] Speak out now.

We need to hold their feet to the fire, and make sure they don’t dare try to pull a fast one on us.

This could be our victory moment. We can do this!  

-Ruth, on behalf of OpenMedia.


[1] Become a link tax mythbuster. Source: OpenMedia

[2] “ The @EU_Commission does not have any plans to tax hyperlinks.” Source: Digital Single Market Twitter account.

[3] Taking a bad idea and making it worse: An ancillary copyright in snippets disguised as a neighbouring right for publishers. Source: OpenForumEurope

[4] Beware: The “neighbouring right for publishers” is an ancillary copyright on steroids! Source: IGEL

[5] ECO warns against the introduction of an ancillary copyright at European level. Source: Association of Internet Industry, ECO

[6] Additional rights for publishers will hurt education and access to culture. Source: Communia.

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