18 January 2019 — Open Media
The new EU Copyright Directive is only days away from being finalized.1 Yet some of its most toxic proposals — the Link Tax and Censorship Machines — are still alive under Articles 11 and 13. If passed, they will turn the Internet into a censored pay-to-play ghost town.2-3
The good news is that we still have one last chance to stop these toxic proposals. We need to make as much noise as possible, and let decision-makers know that we will not accept a Copyright Directive characterized by censorship, surveillance, and corporate interests.
We’ve written a blog post outlining what’s at stake, and what you can do.
Will you help us with the final push against Articles 11 and 13, by sharing this blog with your friends and family?
Over 750,000 people have already voiced their opposition to these proposals via the Save the Link and Save Your Internet campaigns. Even the UN rapporteur for Free Expression has condemned Article 13 as a disaster for free expression that would violate the UN’s Declaration on Human Rights.4 The fact that these proposals are still on the table is outrageous and unacceptable.
The Link Tax (Article 11) would charge a copyright fee for the snippets of texts that usually accompany links and help users find content online by providing small previews. It would require online platforms to pay to link to news sites, which will harm content creators by reducing the discoverability of their content. It also entrenches the largest content aggregators, such as Facebook and Google – who are the only ones with deep-enough pockets to foot the cost of the Link Tax.
Censorship Machines (Article 13) would introduce content filtering requirements, turning online platforms into the copyright police and make them liable for user generated content. This would require all content platforms to implement expensive filtering systems, similar to YouTube’s multi-million dollar Content ID system.
Even these expensive systems result in large volumes of false positives, which will lead to the takedown of legitimate content, silencing of voices, and again, entrench the largest corporations – the only ones who are able to afford these technologies.
If you think this is not as serious as it sounds, just see for yourself what Google would look like post-EU Copyright Directive.5 It is very different from the Internet that you are experiencing today isn’t it? With no article titles, images or news summaries, Google search would be more like an online ghost town with incomplete and missing street signs.
Is that the Internet that you want? If the the answer is NO: please share this blog now — time is ticking and this is may be our last best chance of stopping the Link Tax and Censorship Machines before they become law.
Thank you for standing up against censorship, Marie on behalf of OpenMedia
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 Article 13 is almost finished – and it will change the internet as we know it: Julia Reda  The Internet is Facing a Catastrophe For Free Expression and Competition: You Could Tip The Balance: EFF  EU Copyright Directive to Turn Google into Ghost Town: Bleeping Computer  UN Free Speech Expert: EU’s Copyright Directive Would Be An Attack On Free Speech, Violate Human Rights: Techdirt  EU copyright directive nearing final form as Google tests stripped-down news SERPs: Search Engine Land