Move to tax hyperlinks to stifle net free expression

The European Union is on the brink of making new rules that could change the way we all share and collaborate online, and if we’re not careful they could come with damaging new restrictions on our freedom to link. 

But with our easy-to-use tool you can send decision-makers a message loud and clear: don’t betray Internet users–Save the Link!
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We all know it: hyperlinks are the foundation of the Internet. They are the virtual roads we use to travel from place to place, they are the tool we use to connect, explore, and share knowledge online.
But all of that could soon change. Legislators in the European Union have a plan — a terrible, Internet-breaking plan1 — that could soon see links lose their power to expose us to knowledge, culture and new ideas online. Tell them what you think of their scheme today.
“Whose idea was this?!” you cry. None other than the usual suspects: giant publishing companies and their cronies2 who want to preserve their outdated business models and siphon money from innovative services that let us choose how we experience the Web.
But we have an opening: if you speak out today, your voices will go directly on the record as opposing link censorship and standing up for the open Internet.
Now is the perfect time to make your voices heard. Decision-makers in the EU are running a global, public consultation3 on the role of online platforms. This means every service you use online, from Facebook, to WhatsApp, to Twitter.
They’d like to see these websites liable for everything we post and link to online, a move that would stifle free expression and kill some of our favourite services. They’ve even suggested a ‘link tax’ so that our favourite services would have to pay a fee to point us to other content freely available on the Web.4
But we have a chance to stop this. Internet users can flood their consultation with comments opposing Internet censorship. We’ve created a new Internet Voice tool for you to push back and we need you to use it right now.
We’ve made it easy for you, now all you need to do is send your message loud and clear: no link tax, and no censoring links online.
I know we can count on you,
-Meghan, on behalf of your OpenMedia team
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[1], [3] Draft consultation on online platforms leaked: does the EU really want ISPs to do (much) more? Source:IPKat
[2] The European Commission is preparing a frontal attack on the hyperlink. Source: Julia Reda.
[4] What Happens If Hyperlinks Get Copyright Protection In Europe? Source: Forbes.

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One Response to “Move to tax hyperlinks to stifle net free expression”

  1. Gordon says:

    This is just so silly. However, there is a way round it being that one doesn’t need to use the Hyperlink, just type the web address and the reader can copy and paste.

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