Censoring links breaks the Internet

Links are essential to freedom of expression online, and experts warn that censoring links will break the Web as we know it.

Linking is the foundation of the Web. Tell decision-makers that you oppose regulations that aim to censor links.
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The Web without links is like a world without roads.

Without links to route everyone around the Web, the wonders of the Internet would be locked away. They power Twitter, they power the sites where you get news and entertainment, they power your favorite blog: they power every site you visit.

Links are what empower us to access the greatest collection of human knowledge and experiences the world has ever seen, with the click of a button.

But the link is under attack–

Outdated media publishers are successfully lobbying all over the world to restrict linking on the Internet. Spain and Germany changed their laws to apply charges in order to link to news websites, making it difficult for independent news media and bloggers to do their jobs. Aggregators are struggling, small presses find their websites unlisted, and access to knowledge is restricted.

Old media firms are pressuring lawmakers to apply link censorship laws to the whole EU.
Our Save The Link campaign helped push the European Parliament to vote on a ground-breaking set of recommendations establishing that Internet users and companies should be able to freely link to content and services of their choosing. But the European Commission, tasked with creating new laws that determine how we share and collaborate online, introduced a link tax and mass content filtering when they wrote the draft laws. We are fighting to make sure EU decision makers uphold the right to link and defend free expression.

Link censorship is a global issue, and worrying developments are taking place all over the world — not just in the EU.

In India, the Government blocks websites in a process lacking in independent oversight and transparency, and the Supreme Court rejected challenges to this process, despite widespread criticism.


Meanwhile, in the United States, Big Media has been waging a long war against the Internet to protect their outdated business model. Lobbyists and lawyers have been fighting search engines, pressuring intermediaries to block access to websites, and attempting to block links and apply custom-like border controls to data and linking on the web.

In Australia, the Government passed legislation allowing them to block links to popular sites hosting thousands of links to legal shared content, all in an ineffective effort to favour large US media lobbyists.

These censorship schemes hurt the online services we count on in our day-to-day lives.

We know that we are strongest when communities across the Internet act together — and as more threats to the link emerge, it’s more important than ever that we all join forces to defend our right to link.

Every successful scheme to censor links weakens the foundation of the Web. Bit by bit they impinge on free speech, hurt the economy, and suppress dissent.

It’s time for users and organizations to come together to Save the Link.
Linking is the foundation of the Web. Tell decision-makers that you oppose regulations that aim to censor links.
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Who we are

These organizations have all signed on to endorse the following statement: "Linking is the foundation of the Web. We oppose regulations that aim to censor links to content or otherwise penalize services that utilize hyperlinks."

https://openmedia.org/ http://digital.org.au/ https://www.bof.nl/ http://copyright4creativity.eu/ http://cjfe.org/ https://creativecommons.org/ http://centrumcyfrowe.pl/ http://www.dailykos.com/ https://edri.org/ https://www.eff.org/ https://www.efa.org.au/ https://globalvoicesonline.org/ http://www.hiperderecho.org/hip http://leistungsschutzrecht.info/ http://www.indexoncensorship.org/ http://www.fark.com/ http://keionline.org/ https://www.kl.nl/en/ https://www.openrightsgroup.org/ http://www.gutenberg.ca/ http://webfoundation.org/ http://www.heliconbooks.com/ http://www.communia-association.org/ http://prince.org/ https://www.studentnetalliance.org/sna/ https://xnet-x.net/ http://www.hellocoolworld.com/ https://immi.is/ http://ipop.org.pk/ http://credoaction.com/ http://amicushq.com/ https://www.fightforthefuture.org/ http://www.creativecommons.uy/ http://www.articaonline.com/ http://genwhymedia.ca/ https://accesolibre.red/ http://www.cstreet.ca/ http://movimentomega.org.br/ https://www.blacknight.com/ https://www.popularresistance.org/ http://www.pculture.org/ http://rootsaction.org/ http://www.agentic.ca/ https://content.bytesforall.pk/ https://baaroo.org/ https://karisma.org.co/ http://democracy.net.ph/ https://www.publicknowledge.org/ https://www.tunnelbear.com/ http://www.scoop.co.nz/ https://www.facebook.com/clf.eg http://www.comunidadtic.com.ar/wp/ https://www.thunderclap.it/ https://cippic.ca/ https://thecompassionclub.org/ http://openforumeurope.org/ http://pws.winstonsmith.org/ http://www.labl.org.uk/ http://storybubble.ca/ www.opennetkorea.org/ http://www.truetrust.co.uk/ http://www.permacultura-es.org/index.php https://www.nwprogressive.org/ https://www.piratenpartei.de/ https://panoptykon.org/ http://commsrisk.com/ https://www.apc.org/ http://www.supro.org/ http://stopbillc51.ca/ https://wikimedia.org.uk/ https://www.laquadrature.net/ https://www.expressvpn.com/ https://www.openmandriva.org/ https://evolution-host.com/ https://www.privateinternetaccess.com/ https://netzfreiheit.org/ http://www.kosson.ro/ https://cypherpunk.com/ https://nordvpn.com/ https://rlc.radicallibrarianship.org/ https://www.vpn.com/
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