EU’s Parliament Signs Off on Disastrous Internet Law: What Happens Next? By Danny O’Brien

26 March 2019 — Electronic Frontier Foundation

In a stunning rejection of the will of five million online petitioners, and over 100,000 protestors this weekend, the European Parliament has abandoned common-sense and the advice of academics, technologists, and UN human rights experts, and approved the Copyright in the Digital Single Market Directive in its entirety.

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European Union intensifies internet censorship By Justus Leicht and Johannes Stern

27 March 2019 — WSWS

Two months before the European elections, the European Parliament has voted to massively escalate internet censorship. Yesterday, the majority of MEPs voted in favour of a directive which, under the guise of copyright reforms, would enforce the use of so-called upload filters in social media, thus further restricting the internet.

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Link Tax: Controversial EU copyright law faces final vote

26 March 2019 — RT

Update, See: ‘Dark day for internet freedom’: EU lawmakers approve controversial copyright reform

A hotly-contested copyright provision is haunting Europe, troubling internet freedom advocates and content creators alike. Article 13, facing its final vote, would place heavy restrictions on content sharing, from films to memes.

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Article 13’s endgame is here: Mail your MEP!

13 March 2019 — Open Rights Group

After years of controversial votes and international protest, the EU Copyright Directive is approaching its final MEP vote. This is our last chance to prevent Article 13 from ushering in an era where most online speech is at the mercy of upload filters.

Can you please write to your MEPs today and tell them to vote against the Directive?

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The Internet is Facing a Catastrophe For Free Expression and Competition: You Could Tip The Balance By Cory Doctorow

13 January 2019 — Electronic Frontier Foundation

The new EU Copyright Directive is progressing at an alarming rate. This week, the EU is asking its member-states to approve new negotiating positions for the final language. Once they get it, they’re planning to hold a final vote before pushing this drastic, radical new law into 28 countries and 500,000,000 people.

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Link Tax: This is Terrible!

27 October 2018 — OpenMedia

The EU is racing towards imposing Link Taxes and Censorship Machines that will fundamentally change the internet as we know it.

More and more the EU nations are coming out in favour of including Link Taxes and Censorship Machines.1We need to act now to alert voters across the continent about how this sweeping copyright legislation will stop people from sharing links and posting information, even on our own news feeds.2

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Participate in Copyright Week with us!

19 January 2018 — OpenMedia

Since the 1700s, a form of copyright law has ensured creators could profit from their original work before it passed into the public domain. In the 20th century that began to change, as ‘rights holders’ more aggressively expanded the scope of these laws, profiting handsomely – often at the expense of the creators – and turning aggressive litigation, with tenuous connection to original work, into just another revenue stream.

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Europe says no to the Censorship Machine!

23 November 2017 — OpenMedia

Great news! On Monday the European Parliament’s Civil Liberties Committee voted NO to censorship machines![1] .

This is a fantastic moment, and it wouldn’t have been possible without your tireless support. Thank you for all the hard work you’ve done. Over 135,000 people have spoken up against Censorship Machines and the Link Tax. Despite heavy lobbying from media conglomerates, Monday’s vote shows that your voices are being heard.[2]

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The Link Tax: Last week we said…

10 November 2017 – OpenMedia

Last week we said we only had a few days left to call MEPs responsible for civil liberties before they voted on whether or not to approve content censorship rules, in the name of copyright.[1]

Hundreds of you made calls to ask them to stand up for fundamental rights. It’s been an amazing effort from our Internet rights community.

Then we found out, with only a few hours notice, that the vote has been postponed to November 20th.

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The Shameful Link Tax!

13 July 2017 — Open Media

Just a few days ago we wrote to you about key votes in the European Parliament this week, where our right to link and to share content was hanging in the balance.

We hoped MEPs would side with citizens. But what we got instead was truly shameful.

Both parliamentary committees voted to endorse the Link Tax AND censorship machinery — ignoring tens of thousands of EU citizens and caving to pressure from industry lobbyists.[1]

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An even worse version of the Link Tax now on the cards!

9 July 2017 — OpenMedia

Crucial votes on the Link Tax are happening TOMORROW [Today], and a major EU political party just u-turned to officially back this costly and reckless proposal.1, 2

The European People’s Party (EPP) has decided to go all-in for the broadest, worst version of the Link Tax — which gives copyright ownership and the right to collect fees over single sentences and headlines for 20 years!3

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