Your Internet will never be the same

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Next week, a committee most of us haven’t heard of is going to vote on an issue that will have dangerous and lasting... consequences for the Internet in Europe and the rest of the world.

Big publishers want every website to pay a tax for every link to news content on the web. And they want to force sites to install "censorship machines" to filter and block uploaded content1. If they get their way they’ll ruin every web service in the EU and it’ll impact the web around the world.

That’s why the OpenMedia community, along with our partners and other organizations across Europe2, are making one last urgent push to Save the Link and stop censorship machines.


Just 9 Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) will decide3, so we’re tweeting them to tell them the choice is clear. Today, June 12 is the day of action across Europe to #SaveYourInternet.

If these laws pass, it will be the end of smaller Internet operators in Europe. The automated content filtering technology the lawmakers are demanding will be hideously expensive, and will not be nearly as accurate as they claim.

The link tax is an unprecedented assault on the free and open web, it goes to the heart of what makes the Internet so powerful — the free sharing of information.

Even if you’re not directly represented by one of these 9 MEPs, they are deciding on a law that will affect all of us, in Europe and around the world.


It doesn’t matter if you’re from a country represented by one of the 9 MEPs or not, we all need to stand together to put a stop to this dangerous and destructive proposal. Send a message to an MEP today and tell them to #SaveYourInternet.

After years of delays and debate, we’re at the critical point now. We can’t let up. Too much depends on this. Let’s take over the Internet today and make it a day the deciding MEPs can never forget.

Yours for the open web,

Dave, for the team at OpenMedia

P.S A tweet will take just a minute or two of your time, but will reach the people making this crucial decision. Send a tweet today. If you don’t use Twitter, you can email the MEPs here too.

1. Article 13 could "destroy the internet as we know it": What is it, why is it controversial and what will it mean for memes?
2. Save Your Internet. #SaveYourInternet
3. Copyright JURI MEPs undecided. EDRi


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