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I have received hundreds of emails from concerned constituents about the EU Commission’s Copyright in the Digital Single Market Directive.

This proposal would allow news publishers to claim an additional copyright over the snippets of text which automatically appear alongside most links. The draft of the Copyright Directive does not limit the implementation of this proposal to aggregators and search engines, so it may also allow press publishers to charge non-profits, social media platforms or even individuals using hyperlinks in a personal capacity.

It seems to be that the impetus behind this proposal is to provide revenue to news publishers, who feel that in this new digital age they are missing out on their share of the profits.

This is another example of how the EU works with big business in a cosy corporate club. The EU Commission only works to serve the interest of big businesses and doesn’t care about small communities and the interests of citizens.

EU Commission proposals, such as the Link Tax, are just one small reason why the majority of British voters backed Leave on the 23rd June 2016. Leaving the EU will allow the UK to retain the freedoms and liberties that our nation has enjoyed for centuries.

I will be voting against this Directive and will be active in campaigning against such EU Commission proposals.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any further questions or concerns at nathan.gill@europarl.europa.eu.