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Today, tens of thousands of visitors to sites across Europe will see them entirely blacked out in protest of the EU's #CopyrightDirective for #Blackout21.

Here's why:…
The #CopyrightDirective poses a dire threat to the future of the free, fair and open Internet. Sites are protesting in part because, as @Wikimedia says, this Directive makes the simplest basic actions of those Internet users—sharing and linking—suspect.…
Under #Article11, the #LinkTax, text that contains more than a "snippet" from an article must be licensed and paid by whoever quotes the text—meaning countries could make laws that pass using as little as three words from a news story.…
#Article13 is a fundamental reworking of how copyright works online, and the Internet’s founders agree: lawmakers should reject this proposal, which would require Internet platforms to install copyright filters that will surveil and censor their users.…
The sites that are shutting down today in protest are, without question, sites that are home to European creators: the very people that #Article13 and #Article11 adherents claim to be protecting. If you'd like to join in, visit
The EU will vote on the #CopyrightDirective during the March 25 week session, likely on March 27. That leaves you with only a few days to contact your MEP to insist that they vote against it.
In just two days, on March 23, there will be EU-wide demonstrations against the #CopyrightDirective. Will you be there?
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