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EU Link Tax & censorship, Wikipedia threatened
« on: June 15, 2018, 11:53:44 AM »
 

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Many of you will have heard of this proposed Link Tax with its requirement for sites to install expensive filter software. The Electronic Frontier Foundation say it could even put Wikipedia off the internet.

If that sounds scary, just read the whole article https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2018/06/eus-copyright-proposal-extremely-bad-news-everyone-even-especially-wikipedia

The EU committee of 9 MEPs will vote on this in a few days - see Mozilla https://changecopyright.org/en-US/?utm_source=newsletter-mofo&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=copyright-jun14&utm_content=text2&utm_term=4724172   their vote will carry a lot of weight.

OpenMedia have long campaigned for internet freedom - lots of info there https://openmedia.org/en/int


https://savethelink.org/tweet-your-mep-saveyourinternet?src=162698


The politicians do listen, get in touch.
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Re: EU Link Tax & censorship, Wikipedia threatened
« Reply #1 on: June 16, 2018, 12:05:30 AM »
 

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Unfortunately, politicians seem only to listen to whoever has the most money, in this case it's big greedy media companies.

 

Re: EU Link Tax & censorship, Wikipedia threatened
« Reply #2 on: June 16, 2018, 05:19:22 AM »
 

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Unfortunately, politicians seem only to listen to whoever has the most money, in this case it's big greedy media companies.

I can understand what you say, but you'd be surprised how much they are influenced by thousands of messages from voters, I know that from experience. Don't give up, get in touch. While we still have the freedom to do so!

Here are the ones who will be voting

emil.radev@europarl.europa.eu , pavel.svoboda@europarl.europa.eu , sylvia-yvonne.kaufmann@europarl.europa.eu , enrico.gasbarra@europarl.europa.eu , mady.delvaux-stehres@europarl.europa.eu , francis.zammitdimech@europarl.europa.eu , tadeusz.zwiefka@europarl.europa.eu , antonio.marinhoepinto@europarl.europa.eu , jozsef.szajer@europarl.europa.eu,
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Re: EU Link Tax & censorship, Wikipedia threatened
« Reply #3 on: June 16, 2018, 09:16:55 AM »
 

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An example - an important source of info on Linux Lite could go

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linux_Lite

I'm not sure if this Forum would disappear, at least in EU countries, or wider. My experience of politicians (not negligable!) suggests they probably are not sure either, but the lobbyists are said to be driving this.
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Re: EU Link Tax & censorship, Wikipedia threatened
« Reply #4 on: June 20, 2018, 03:24:10 PM »
 

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Against all advice, including from Tim Berners-Lee, Jimmy Wales (Wikipedia), the EU Legal Affairs Commitee today voted for the "Copyright Law".

More details, including pledges to carry on the fight by some MEPs before a final vote, in today's Guardian (while it is still legal to post this link)

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2018/jun/20/eu-votes-for-copyright-law-that-would-make-internet-a-tool-for-control

This gives details of the new law and why so many oppose it.

Have Jerry and the team looked at what effect this will have on this forum?
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Re: EU Link Tax & censorship, Wikipedia threatened
« Reply #5 on: July 08, 2018, 09:53:28 AM »
 

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Most politicians did listen, and for now the link tax has been defeated!  :)

From Wikipedia:

"On 20 June 2018, the European Parliament Committee on Legal Affairs finalised their amendments to the directive and put them toward the parliament for negotiation.[21] However, MEPs voted on 5 July 2018 not to proceed to the negotiation stage, but instead to reopen the directive for debate in September 2018.[8][7] There were 318 votes to re-open debate, 278 to proceed, and 31 abstentions."

This gives more time for discussion and talking to MEPs.
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