Pirate Party MEP Julia Reda has been touting a dubious online petition against article 13. Despite claims to be acting on behalf of internet “users” the petition seems to be a fundraising effort by a “charity” group operating the website SaveTheInternet.Info.
SaveTheInternet.info gofund me page claims the group is a German charity.
The problem is the “charity” does not appear to be a charity at all. According to our German sources the SaveTheInternet is not registered as a German charity as they clearly claim. That’s a misrepresentation. I am not a lawyer but a plain reading of the laws in the US concerning soliciting funds for a charity would make this criminal fraud in the US. Since the group is soliciting funds worldwide using the Redwood City California corporation (GoFund.me) I would argue this is a violation US law:
I suppose I could be wrong but there have been prosecutions for similar activity in the US. How is this any different?
On top of that I imagine that the German government has similar if not more strict laws on charities, solicitation of funds and misrepresentations.
Here is the GoFundMe page: