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Our ability to link is under attack, and we need your help to save it!

 

ORG is working with an international coalition of over 70 digital rights organisations, from Creative Commons to Thunderclap, to protect our ability to share content. The campaign is called Save the Link.

https://savethelink.org/

 

We all love linking: passing on funny images, surprising stories, wise blog posts and sharp videos. But there are attacks to all of that on the horizon.

 

What's the threat?

In December 2014, Google permanently shut down the Spanish version of Google News. [1] They did this because amendments to Spanish intellectual property law imposed a compulsory fee for the use of snippets of text to link to news articles. [2]

In the EU, these same lobbyists have been working with the U.S. Trade Representative’s office to pressure lawmakers to upload the same Spanish link censorship laws to the entire European Union. [3]

 

These laws will effectively censor summaries of news content, as well as linking to legal content.

Let’s put a stop to this right now: Add your voice to the global network to Save the Link.

 

Such a plan would affect over 500 million citizens’ ability to use the Internet. Imagine using Twitter and not being able to link to a news article without paying a fee. It would shut down the spread of news. This is just one way copyright is being twisted to censor the Web – but it’s far from the only way. That’s why we are part of a huge network of individuals and organizations committed to stopping these censorship plans, wherever they emerge.

The bottom line is this: every successful scheme to censor links weakens the foundation of the Internet.

 

Speak out now and tell public officials that we’ll fight to Save the Link.

 

https://savethelink.org/

 

Thank you,

Ruth

P.S. This email is part of a global campaign called 'Save the Link' of which ORG are a member. 

[1] Google News in Spain

https://support.google.com/news/answer/6140047?hl=es

 

[2] Spanish Copyright Amendments Will Shakedown News Sites and Censor the Web

https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2014/11/spanish-copyright-amendments-will-shakedown-news-sites-and-censor-web

 

 

[3] An EU-wide ‘Google tax’ in the making?

https://juliareda.eu/2014/10/an-eu-wide-google-tax-in-the-making/

 

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Ruth Coustick-Deal

Supporter Officer

Open Rights Group

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States once again trying to close the stable door after the horse has bolted. The lag between what actually happens in the real world and what laws are passed means that all states are continually about 20 years behind the real world. They'll realise there's porn on the internet soon. Also the fact the most states are run by 50+ year old men doesn't help either and then when there are referendums/elections it's the retired population who have the biggest turnout.

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States once again trying to close the stable door after the horse has bolted. The lag between what actually happens in the real world and what laws are passed means that all states are continually about 20 years behind the real world. They'll realise there's porn on the internet soon. Also the fact the most states are run by 50+ year old men doesn't help either and then when there are referendums/elections it's the retired population who have the biggest turnout.

 

 

i say ban anyone over 60 from voting.    :P

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Correct me if I'm wrong, but the fee is for a snippet of text to go with the link, rather than for linking itself. Essentially you've to pay a royalty to use ANY of the content in the article on a third party site, providing the link doesn't seem to be an issue here

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It kind of beggars belief that we have governments trying to put limits on the freedom of information for the benefit of multinational corporations. Well, it would if it wasn't so utterly predictable.

Does this have anything to do with this new EU-US trade partnership? I don't understand why we care so much about American lobbyists.

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I've signed it, though I think the apocalyptic scenario presented is unlikely to come to pass. Nevertheless, anything which blocks access to information - and which could, in a worst case scenario, prevent people from sharing information freely through Creative Commons licenses even if they want to - needs to be opposed. 

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