The threat of 'Link Tax' is getting closer ...

The threat of 'Link Tax' is getting closer ...

Postby Swarfendor437 » Tue May 01, 2018 10:00 pm

From my inbox:

"MEP Axel Voss is hell-bent on passing an EU link tax that would fundamentally change the Internet as we know it -- all to satisfy his big corporate lobbyist friends.

And now Voss is lashing out at OpenMedia on Twitter with Donald Trump-style attacks, accusing those who oppose the link tax of spreading “fake news.”1

Voss is attacking OpenMedia because we’ve helped spark a massive grassroots backlash -- and now he’s scared we just might stop him.

We won’t let Axel Voss bully us. But MEPs will be voting on the link tax within weeks, so we need to turn up the pressure NOW.

Hyperlinks are fundamental to the ecosystem of the Internet. We share articles or interesting information with friends and family. We link to more in-depth information in blog posts. We add links as evidence for academic and professional work.

But if giant publishers and politicians captured by corporate interests like Axel Voss get their way, our ability to use links could be crushed -- killing the Internet as we know it.

A broad coalition of independent publishers, artists, and free-speech advocates are leading the fight to stop the link tax. But it’s being pushed hard by lobbyists for giant publishers, who are angry that the Internet has broken open their monopoly on the publication and distribution of content.

Axel Voss is the leader of the effort to pass the link tax, and now he’s pouncing on OpenMedia for one reason: We’re fighting back for free speech and the open Internet. And with the vote on the link tax expected any day, he wants to bully us into silence.

Here’s what your donation will help us continue to do as the big vote approaches:

Mobilise hundreds of phone calls to MEPs through our state-of-the-art call tool, and getting people to phone Voss and other MEPs.
Organise an open letter to Voss signed by 59 organisations opposed to the link tax.
Use our EU-wide membership to spread the word about how toxic this idea really is and make sure the MEPs hear us loud and clear.

Will you chip in to help stand up to Axel Voss and his lobbyist friends and stop the link tax?

Thanks for all that you do,

Dave, and the whole team at OpenMedia

[1] Tweet by Axel Voss: Twitter

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