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Linking is the foundation of the Web. Links are what empower us to access the greatest collection of human knowledge.
Outdated media publishers are successfully lobbying all over the world to restrict linking on the Internet.

Tell decision-makers that you oppose regulations that aim to censor links. One service that you can use for this is

It is urgent to get this message to EU decision makers so that they don’t end up breaking the Internet as we know it know.


  1. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Internet Luminaries Urge EU To Kill Off Automated Copyright Filter Proposal

    A large group of Internet pioneers have sent an open letter to the European Union urging it to scrap a proposal to introduce automated upload filters, arguing that it could damage the internet as we know it.

    Internet luminaries urge EU to kill off automated copyright filter proposal
    Article 13 goes too far, argue Cerf, Berners-Lee et al

    A large group of Internet pioneers have sent an open letter to the European Union urging it to scrap a proposal to introduce automated upload filters, arguing that it could damage the internet as we know it.

    The European Parliament’s Legal Affairs (Juri) Committee will vote on the proposal contained in Article 13 of the Copyright in the Digital Single Market Directive next week.

    The proposal would see all companies that “store and provide to the public access to large amounts of works” obliged to “prevent the availability… of works… identified by rightholders.”

    Despite the inclusion of language that says such measures need to be “appropriate and proportionate,” it has caused many to worry that the law will lead to a requirement for all platforms to introduce automated content filtering, and shift liability for any copyrighted material that appears online from the user that posts it to the platform itself.

    “By inverting this liability model and essentially making platforms directly responsible for ensuring the legality of content in the first instance, the business models and investments of platforms large and small will be impacted,” warns the letter [PDF] signed by “Father of the Internet” Vint Cerf

    The tech-heads argue that the current system where a platform is obliged to act only when informed of copyright-infringing material is a “balanced liability model” that allows internet services to flourish while limiting widespread piracy of others’ work.

    Great – but what about this massive problem?

    But in the eyes of copyright holders – most significantly, large media organizations – that system requires them to constantly monitor and fire off notices to internet organizations to take down content, only to see it pop up elsewhere immediately.

    The issue – and the reason for the EU proposal – is the sheer scale of the problem. Just Google alone receives three million takedown requests every day – that’s every day. The system is so broken that big corporations are now sending automated requests with millions of links that may or may not exist, just to try to cover the issue.

    Faced with this reality – and the continued heavy pressure exerted by intellectual property lawyers – the law has been slowly turning against the original liability model that was developed in the early days of the internet’s commercialization.

  2. Tomi Engdahl says:

    EU censorship machines and link tax laws are nearing the finish line

  3. Tomi Engdahl says:

    70+ Internet Luminaries Ring the Alarm on EU Copyright Filtering Proposal

    Vint Cerf, Tim Berners-Lee, and Dozens of Other Computing Experts Oppose Article 13

  4. Tomi Engdahl says:

    EU Parliament Committee Adopts Piracy ‘Upload Filter’ Proposal

    The EU’s plans to modernize copyright law in Europe are moving ahead. The Legal Affairs Committee of the Parliament (JURI) just adopted several proposals, including the controversial “upload filters.” Pirate Party MEP Julia Reda is disappointed but notes that the fight is not over yet.

    The article states that online services are liable for any uploaded content unless they take “effective and proportionate” action to prevent copyright infringements, as identified by copyright holders.

  5. Tomi Engdahl says:

    These MEPs voted to restrict the internet in Europe today – but we’re not giving up

    Today, MEPs on the Legal Affairs Committee of the European Parliament were asked to decide: Should your freedom to participate on the web be restricted to serve corporate interests – or should alternative measures be adopted that safeguard fundamental rights?

    Despite a massive outpouring of protest from voters during these last few days, the majority voted for both the link tax and upload filters

  6. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
    Wikipedia sets all of its Italian, Spanish, and Polish pages to redirect to a statement protesting July 5 EU Parliament initial vote on changes to copyright law — Wikipedia’s Italian and Spanish language versions have temporarily shut off access to their respective versions …

  7. Tomi Engdahl says:

    What’s at stake in the July 5 #SaveYourInternet vote: The text, explained

  8. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Kiistelty tekijänoikeusuudistus törmäsi seinään EU-parlamentissa – palaa uuteen valmisteluun

  9. Tomi Engdahl says:

    EU Narrowly Votes To Reject Controversial Internet Copyright Bill

    People of the Internet, rejoice! For today is truly one where common sense has prevailed, and the web as we know it will live to fight another day. Unless you’re in the US, soz people.

    Today was the crucial vote in the EU when Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) were voting on the hugely controversial Copyright Directive. And in a surprising move, MEPs have decided to stall its implementation.


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