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Published time: February 15, 2012 18:19 Edited time: April 20, 2012 12:10 Members of Ruch Palikota Party wear masks during a vote of no confidence for Health Minister Bartosz Arlukowicz in Poland's parliament in Warsaw January 26, 2012 (Reuters / Wojciech Olkusnik / Agencja Gazeta) As European parliaments reject the Anti-Counterfeiting trade Agreement on human rights grounds, some are asking why it was signed in the first place. It looks like some of the countries who signed ACTA in Tokyo on January 26 are already having second thoughts. “ I don’t know why I signed ACTA ”, former Romanian prime minister Emil Boc said on February 6. “ We made insufficient consultations before signing the agreement in late January," said Polish PM Donald Tusk on February 3, implying that his government had not taken steps to fully "ensure it was entirely safe for Polish citizens .”
ACTA protests are sweeping across the world. Feb. 11 was dubbed an international day of action by opponents of ACTA , and turnout was highest that day, but the rallies have continued to rage on in the days since, as international anger over the controversial treaty builds. Asthe Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement loses support in Europe, where a number of countries are putting the brakes on plans to ratify the controversial treaty, its opponents are hoping to sieze the moment by urging the world's government's to reject the treaty. Protesters have been galvanized in their efforts to stop the by recent developments that suggest the treaty may be losing international support just three weeks after 22 European Union member states signed it .
Homepage of a French government website defaced by Anonymous The hacking collective Anonymous has defaced a French government website in protest at an international copyright law and the shutdown of the file-sharing website Megaupload in the United States. Following a wave of attacks that it carried out for the same reason, the group targeted rgpp.gouv.fr, replacing the home page and installing background music, which it said is intended to incite hackers to revolt. The move was announced by anon YourAnonNews, who tweeted: " # BREAKING rgpp.gouv.fr defaced by # Anonymous with a background music track "comme des anonymes (like anonymous)" | # FRANCE | # ACTA |"
Following the release of the final, legally-verified version of ACTA (dated December 3rd), we have updated our analysis of the most worrying provisions of this dangerous anti-counterfeiting agreement. By putting legal and monetary pressure on Internet service providers (in a most subtler way than in previous versions of the text), ACTA will give the music and movie industries a weapon to force them to police their networks and users themselves. Such a private police and justice of the Net is incompatible with democratic imperatives and represent a real threat for fundamental freedoms. In its article 27.3 1 the ACTA agreement calls for "cooperation" between rights-holders and the Internet service providers.
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WIPO members Members Non-members The World Intellectual Property Organization ( WIPO ) is one of the 17 specialized agencies of the United Nations . WIPO was created in 1967 "to encourage creative activity, to promote the protection of intellectual property throughout the world." [ 1 ] WIPO currently has 185 member states, [ 2 ] administers 24 international treaties , [ 3 ] and is headquartered in Geneva , Switzerland .
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. As a citizen, the main two things to do are: