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From La Quadrature du Net Portal about ACTA [ modifier ] Next steps The European Parliament rejected ACTA by a huge majority , Wednesday 4th of July. Now, it is time to start a positive reform of copyright to adapt it to the digital era.
This page lists different ways to take action against ACTA right now and to learn more about this dangerous agreement. ACTA is a multi-lateral trade agreement which threatens to change the Internet as we know it and puts fundamental freedoms at risk. The European Parliament will vote on ACTA this Wednesday July 4th and has the occasion to reject it once and for all. You will find on this page different ways you can act to defeat ACTA as a citizen.
Prime Minister Donald Tusk of Poland sent a letter to his fellow leaders in the EU Friday urging them to reject ACTA , reversing Poland’s course with the controversial intellectual-property treaty, and possibly taking Europe with them. “I was wrong,” Tusk explained to a news conference, confessing his government had acted recklessly with a legal regime that wasn’t right for the 21st century. The reversal came after Tusk’s own strong statements in support of ACTA and condemnation of Anonymous attacks on Polish government sites, and weeks of street protest in Poland and across Europe.
The internet civil group Avaaz began collecting signatures against the preliminary signing of the debatable international agreement ACTA . The NGO 's idea is to collect a minimum of 2 million signatures to be sent to the European Parliament . The petition requires a name and email address, and has a universal text under which those protesting ACTA can sign.
AMSTERDAM – Drie belangrijke commissies van het Europees Parlement hebben tegen ACTA gestemd. Alle Europarlementariërs stemmen begin juli over het controversiële antipiraterijverdrag. Foto: ANP Zowel de commissie van Juridische zaken, de commissie van Industrie, onderzoek en energie en de commissie van Burgerlijke vrijheden, justitie en binnenlands zaken hebben donderdag tegen het verdrag gestemd. Dat is een belangrijke boodschap voorafgaand aan de stemming die in juli gehouden zal worden in het Europees Parlement. De stemming van de commissies wordt gezien als een advies aan Europarlementariërs.
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It’s been a while since we’ve heard about any movement on ACTA, but it looks like things are changing once again. The citizen’s advocacy group, La Quadrature Du Net , released the news that the European Parliament (EP) INTA committee has decided to continue with the original June vote, instead of submitting ACTA to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) for legal review. It seems that the MEPs have finally realized that the Internet isn’t going away or forgetting about this agreement, no matter what public assurances the EP has tried to release to gain control of the conversation. As depicted by the EP in this infographic , though they tried to document the process for clarity, there is one glaringly significant absence of a public discourse to ensure transparency of the agreement process.
Although I've not written about ACTA here for a few weeks, things are still bubbling away in Brussels. Here's a good summary of what's going on from La Quadrature du Net, probably the best source of information on ACTA : Since early March, the British rapporteur for ACTA, David Martin, has been pushing the EU Commission’s strategy: delaying the final vote of the EU Parliament on ACTA to avoid its rejection. While the Commission's referral of ACTA to the EU Court of Justice (ECJ) is about to be finalized, Mr.
Paris, March 19th, 2012 - Crucial discussions going on in the EU Parliament will determine the fate of ACTA. Whereas the rapporteur David Martin is siding with the EU Commission in attempting to defuse the debate and postpone the final vote on ACTA, other members of the EU Parliament (MEPs) insist on voting in the coming months, as originally planned. By urging for a swift rejection of ACTA ahead of next week's meetings in the Parliament, EU citizens have a decisive role to play.
Act Up Against ACTA by Stephen Lendman ACTA's worse than SOPA and PIPA. Net Neutrality and free expression are threatened.
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BRUSSELS - The MEP charged with scrutiny of the little-loved anti-counterfeit 'Acta' treaty has called for a boycott, raising prospects that parliament will kill it in June or July. David Martin - a British member of the centre-left Socialist group - told a meeting of the trade committee in Brussels on Thursday (12 April) that after months of reflection, he thinks "the hopes [of the pact] do not pay for the fears and my recommendation will be to reject Acta." The hearing saw the European Commission and the Danish EU presidency urge MEPs to delay their vote until the European Court of Justice publishes its opinion on the subject. Parliament must give its approval before international treaties can be adopted. But the rules provide only for a Yes-or-No vote instead of the internal EU process of proposing amendments. The commission's best hope is that the court opinion improves the political climate.
For the past week, protests have taken place across Poland against anti-counterfeiting law ACTA in dozens of cities. Many thousands have hit the streets despite the bitter cold to show their opposition to more policing on the internet and some demonstrations have taken on a clear anti-governmental character. Internet users across the country have been self-organizing the protests and flooding the net with outrage. Many sites, including some of the most popular in Poland, went offline in protest. A number of government internet sites were hacked and some politician's emails. People have had enough and blasted the government for making decisions without informing the public or any debate.
Widespread Protests Are Starting to Turn the Tide Against Anti-Democratic Bill The widespread protests against the anti-democracy bill ACTA by the Polish people have forced Poland’s prime minister to stall – or perhaps even back out – of the treaty. As TechDirt notes : Following the growing protests about ACTA in Europe, as well as signs of US meddling , Poland’s prime minister is making it clear that Poland will not ratify ACTA for the time being , leading to speculation that the EU may not actually join ACTA. Tusk’s backtracking could spell the end of ACTA for the entire European Union.
Just look at this map. I’ve never seen anything like it in terms of people all across Europe demanding their freedom of speech and being angry against backroom corporativist deals that steals their most basic civil liberties. Today, Sweden rallies for freedom of speech, a free net, and firmly against ACTA.