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

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 (08:18 am 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

Interim Communications and Campaigns Director
CANADA, Vancouver
Time Zone: -0700 (12:18 am 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

Interim Communications and Campaigns Director
CANADA, Vancouver
Time Zone: -0700 (12:18 am now)
+1 (888) 441-2640 ext. 1

Advocates warn leaked EU copyright directive is worse than feared

August 31, 2016Free Expression
Draft laws confirm unprecedented new powers for large publishers that will stifle online innovation and dissemination of news and information in the European Union

Ruth Coustick-Deal

Digital Rights Specialist
London, UK
Time Zone: +0100 (08:18 am now)
+44 7854 341 550

Leaked document confirms European Commission misled public, will introduce Link Tax despite huge opposition from Internet users

August 25, 2016Free Expression
Just days ago, the Commission promised not to introduce a Link Tax, but leaked documents now confirm it plans to proceed with the unpopular new policy

Ruth Coustick-Deal

Digital Rights Specialist
London, UK
Time Zone: +0100 (08:18 am now)
+44 7854 341 550

Over 500,000 comments to EU regulators: protect net neutrality

July 22, 2016Access
Academics, technology leaders, the web's inventor, and over 500,000 people write to EU regulator BEREC in one clear, unified message: protect net neutrality.

Katy Anderson

Digital Rights Specialist
CANADA, Calgary
Time Zone: -0600 (01:18 am now)
+1 (888) 441 2640 ext. 5

OpenMedia announces new Executive Director

July 18, 2016Access
OpenMedia is pleased to announce the selection of Laura Tribe as its new Executive Director.

David Christopher

Interim Communications and Campaigns Director
CANADA, Vancouver
Time Zone: -0700 (12:18 am now)
+1 (888) 441-2640 ext. 1

Over 37,500 Internet users ask European Commission not to create new Link Tax laws, as deadline passes for public comment

June 15, 2016Free Expression
The Internet is not impressed by the Commission’s push to create a new tax on links and snippets, as part of their new copyright directive

Ruth Coustick-Deal

Digital Rights Specialist
London, UK
Time Zone: +0100 (08:18 am now)
+44 7854 341 550

Huge win for the Internet, as U.S. Court of Appeals upholds hard-won Net Neutrality rules

June 14, 2016Access
Key ruling prohibiting Internet slow lanes sends strong signal to Canada and the European Union which are currently reviewing their own Net Neutrality rules

David Christopher

Interim Communications and Campaigns Director
CANADA, Vancouver
Time Zone: -0700 (12:18 am now)
+1 (888) 441-2640 ext. 1

Mobile billboard in Netflix’s backyard asks company to listen to over 47,500 concerned customers and unblock VPNs

May 26, 2016Privacy
Nearly 2,000 people a week now signing petition urging Netflix to respect its customers’ right to use a VPN to protect their privacy

David Christopher

Interim Communications and Campaigns Director
CANADA, Vancouver
Time Zone: -0700 (12:18 am now)
+1 (888) 441-2640 ext. 1