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List of our press releases, in reverse chronological order, International context.

It falls to the European Parliament to undo deeply damaging digital policies of the European Commission

March 20, 2017Free Expression
In recent weeks, two reports from key Parliamentary committees have made recommendations on critical copyright legislation

Ruth Coustick-Deal

Digital Rights Specialist
London, UK
Time Zone: +0100 (11:56 pm now)
+44 7854 341 550

European Parliament deals major blow to Commission plans for a Link Tax, as Copyright Rapporteur recommends MEPs reject the idea

March 8, 2017Free Expression
Closely-watched report recommends that plans for a Link Tax (Article 11) be removed from draft legislation, but doesn’t go far enough to address concerns about content censorship

Ruth Coustick-Deal

Digital Rights Specialist
London, UK
Time Zone: +0100 (11:56 pm now)
+44 7854 341 550

IMCO Committee recommends EU Parliament reject plans for Link Tax, warns content filtering harms interests of Internet users

February 24, 2017Free Expression
Parliament’s Committee on the Internal Market recommends that Commission plans for a Link Tax (Article 11) be completely removed from draft legislation

Meghan Sali

Digital Rights Campaign Coordinator
CANADA, Vancouver
Time Zone: -0700 (03:56 pm now)
1 (888) 441-2640 ext. 4

In historic decision, Canada joins small handful of nations that define high-speed Internet as a basic service

December 21, 2016Access
Canada’s telecom regulator rules that all Canadians must have access to high-speed Internet, setting a positive example for the rest of the world

Katy Anderson

Digital Rights Specialist
CANADA, Calgary
Time Zone: -0600 (04:56 pm now)
+1 (888) 441 2640 ext. 5

With TPP on its deathbed, digital rights activists celebrate an end to the toxic trade agreement

November 14, 2016Free Expression
Reports show the Obama administration will not pursue a vote to ratify the TPP during the lame duck session of Congress

Meghan Sali

Digital Rights Campaign Coordinator
CANADA, Vancouver
Time Zone: -0700 (03:56 pm now)
1 (888) 441-2640 ext. 4

Susan McLennan appointed as Board Chair of OpenMedia

November 4, 2016Access
Appointment means that OpenMedia is now helmed by two women, Susan McLennan as Board Chair and Laura Tribe as Executive Director

David Christopher

Communications Manager
CANADA, Vancouver
Time Zone: -0700 (03:56 pm now)
+1 (888) 441-2640 ext. 1

OpenMedia submits intervention to critical Supreme Court of Canada case that could shape the future of free expression online

October 5, 2016Free Expression
Today’s deadline sees all intervenors submit arguments in a case that Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin has called one of the most important the Court will hear this year

Meghan Sali

Digital Rights Campaign Coordinator
CANADA, Vancouver
Time Zone: -0700 (03:56 pm now)
1 (888) 441-2640 ext. 4

EU Commission formally proposes Link Tax to European Parliament as part of new Copyright Directive

September 14, 2016Free Expression
Commission submits “some of the worst copyright rules in the world” to the European Parliament, including unprecedented new Link Tax powers for publishing giants

Ruth Coustick-Deal

Digital Rights Specialist
London, UK
Time Zone: +0100 (11:56 pm now)
+44 7854 341 550

Critical Supreme Court case could shape future of the Internet

September 13, 2016Free Expression
OpenMedia is intervening in Supreme Court of Canada case that will have vast implications for global free expression online

David Christopher

Communications Manager
CANADA, Vancouver
Time Zone: -0700 (03:56 pm now)
+1 (888) 441-2640 ext. 1

Disappointing ruling by EU’s highest court sets worrying global precedent for how we share and access information online

September 8, 2016Free Expression
The Court of Justice of the European Union has ruled that it can be illegal for websites  merely to link to copyrighted content, even if they don’t host such content themselves

David Christopher

Communications Manager
CANADA, Vancouver
Time Zone: -0700 (03:56 pm now)
+1 (888) 441-2640 ext. 1