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Monthly archive: June 2018

Stop the EU’s Link Tax and Internet Censorship Bill!

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Julia Reda, Pirate Party MEP for Germany, drew our attention to the upcoming European Parliament Legal Affairs Committee vote on June 20th on Article 13 of the EU’s Copyright Directive. If passed, it will impose a link tax and setup a copyright censorship system. By adopting such a system, the EU will embolden every authoritarian government to expand Internet censorship, aid the copyright maximalists attempt to lock down our culture and end up helping large incumbent corporations like Facebook and Google at the expense of small companies. Please read her post below and share it with any EU residents you know. Thanks! With two weeks to go until the crucial vote in the European Parliament, more and more people are becoming aware of the looming plans for “censorship machines” and a “link tax” in the EU. (Catch up on these plans here.) People are realising: Our freedom to upload media and share links, and thus to express ourselves online, is under threat.Tweet this! Article 13 of the Copyright Directive will force internet platforms (social networks, video sites, image hosts, etc.) to install upload filters to monitor all user uploads for copyrighted content, including in images – and thus block most memes, which are usually based on copyrighted images. Every vote counts It currently looks like there is a razor-thin majority in favor of Article 13. The negotiators for the EPP (conservatives), ALDE (liberals), ECR (eurosceptic conservatives) and ENF(anti-EU far right) in the Legal Affairs Committee recently expressed their support for the latest version of Article 13. Together, these groups have 13 votes on the Legal Affairs Committee – one more than the opposition: Share this image! Licence: Public domain It will come down to every single vote. Our mission until June 20: Make it clear to at least one MEP who’s currently undecided or in favour that their constituents want them to reject these plans. … Read more

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Net Neutrality is dead. Long live Net Neutrality

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The FCC’s rules change eliminating Net Neutrality went into effect yesterday.  Captain James, Quartermaster Joseph and Activism Director Sam discuss the fight for Net Neutrality in our latest Pirate News. The Senate voted to use the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to have Congress to overrule the FCC. The House has not yet voted. To urge your House Representative vote for it, go to Should that effort fail, there are two other approaches: creating a local alternative and changing state laws. The Massachusetts Mesh Network is starting a community internet service provider (ISP) that cares about Net Neutrality and your privacy. They hold weekly tech meetups every Tuesday, 7-9pm at Industry Lab, 288 Norfolk St, Cambridge. If you want to help out, please join the discussion list. You can sign up at You can find them at States are attempting to restore Net Neutrality locally. Washington state is the first, but other states are also passing laws. In Massachusetts there are a number of bills: Special Senate Committee on Net Neutrality and Consumer Protection (S2263) – Approved 39 to 0 An Act relative to providing for net neutrality and consumer protection (H4222) An Act Net Neutrality and Consumer Protection: A Commonwealth Concern (S2376) Do these bills go far enough? Tells us what you think in the comments below.

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Party conference survey closes June 13th

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We are preparing for our yearly party conference and want your input on how we should structure the next conference, when and where it should be, etc. Please fill out our survey by Wednesday, June 13th. Thanks!

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Happy Pride!

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This week is Boston Pride Week. We want to congratulate everyone organizing, participating in and attending it! Due to other activities our activists are involved with, we will not be marching in the Boston Pride Parade on Saturday. We wish everyone who is marching in it wonderful weather, exuberant crowds and a Happy Pride!

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