September 28, 2017
The most effective way to influence your MEP
MEPs are poised to take their most important votes yet on whether or not to approve the Link Tax and mass content filtering.
Proposals in the EU could censor our Internet by abusing copyright regulations
Backed by powerful publishing lobbyists and unelected European Commissioners, they include sweeping powers for media giants to charge fees for links, and requirements that websites build censorship machines to monitor and block your content.
At every stage of the EU copyright rules we’ve been empowering tens of thousands of people to have a voice in a process that is otherwise dominated by insider-game politics.
Just last week Germany joined six other nations that are now officially doubting that the law can be even be legal, given its harms to the right to privacy and to free expression.
With your help we’ve been relentlessly fighting to put a stop to this disastrous duo of copyright policy: a tax on links, and mass content filters on what we can make and share online. This is what all that pressure and hard work comes down to.
We know that phone calls are by far the most effective way of making change — hearing their constituents’ voices is the thing most likely to influence an MEP’s vote.
Our powerful new calling tool works across all EU countries, has helpful talking points to make your short call as easy as possible, — and every single phone call will take us one step closer to finally winning this campaign.
If you’re nervous about calling your MEP, trust me, I feel the same. Personally I love this guide. Take a breath and remember - they work for you!
There is no excuse for MEPs. They have to know that if they vote no they are making it clear that they will choose business over their constituents.
Sadly, we’re up again some politicians who really do take that attitude. Newcomer Axel Voss is stubbornly determined to ignore the evidence, and the process of his predecessor of listening to experts. He pushed his entire party to endorse mandatory content filtering and the link tax.
He doesn’t even think news should be found via search engines, reported as saying, “Only the work of non-professional journalists would still be shared through search engines” which is just a bizarre plan!
This is why we need to put pressure on all those who surround him.
This vote is absolutely crucial: we have to win here to stop these dangerous proposals. They have a chance to stop the link tax and web filtering right now.
MEPs have discussed, debated, and chosen their amendments to the law. Now they have to vote to decide the final layout of these rules.
But with the help of tens of thousands of EU citizens, we’ve made clear to the European Parliament just how dangerous and unpopular these censorship proposals really are. Now they could be ditched altogether — but we need your help to drive the message home.
You are part of a united front of thousands of everyday Internet users, academics, small publishers, innovators, librarians and researchers: all of whom agree that the Commission’s plans will cause irreparable damage to our fundamental rights, free expression and access to information.
And our message is hitting home: an explosive new leak recently revealed that several EU member states are now asking serious questions about the proposed law.
Your constant pressure has helped raise doubt with top decision-makers. And now MEPs have the chance to kill this bad plan for once and for all — but first they need to hear from you.
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