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On Friday, Prime Minister Donald Tusk completed the about-face his government had started on the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA). “I sent a letter today to all the party leaders who cooperate with the Civic Platform and the Polish People's Party in the European People's Party, including prime ministers, the [German] chancellor, presidents of some countries and the leadership of the European People's Party, with a proposal to reject ACTA in the shape that was negotiated by the European Commission,” Mr Tusk told a news conference Friday evening. The PM admitted that the position prepared by Polish officials on ACTA over the last few months was “reckless.” “I was wrong. … It would be a sin to maintain a mistaken belief … the agreement does not correspond to the reality of the 21st century. The battle for the right to property should also respect the right to freedom.”
AMSTERDAM – Nederland wacht met het ondertekenen van ACTA tot het Europees Hof een oordeel gegeven heeft over het antipiraterijverdrag. Foto: AFP Dat schrijven minister Verhagen (Economische Zaken, Landbouw en Innovatie) en staatssecretaris Teeven (Veiligheid en Justitie) in een brief aan de Tweede Kamer.
Het grote probleem van ACTA is dat het jaren lang in het diepste geheim is besproken door de volgende partijen Japan, Amerika, Europa, de entertainment industrie en de fabrikanten van luxe merken (in veel mindere maten). Het is echt zo dat de bedrijven die weigeren hun verdien model aan te passen aan de werkelijkheid van vandaag de dag gezien woorden als volwaardige partners om met wereld machten te spreken over nieuw te ontwerpen wetten. Pas op het moment dat de eerste stukken uitlekte werden de meest schandalige passages geschrapt uit de ontwerp tekst. Dingen als de drie strikes wetgeving bijvoorbeeld waren tot op dat moment onderdeel van de tekst.
Protests against Internet censorship will blanket Europe this weekend, while Germany and Latvia announced Friday they would put the brakes on signing a copyright treaty that has sparked controversy across the continent. More than 200,000 people have committed to attending rallies in 200 cities to protest the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, or " ACTA ." "The map of planned protests is just breathtaking," said Holmes Wilson, co-founder of anti-ACTA group Fight for the Future . "You've got tens of thousands of people taking to the streets in small cities, in countries where large street protests are not common." Proponents of ACTA say that the treaty will help fight global copyright theft.
The EP has produced an easy-to-follow infograph on the legislative procedure for ACTA to help people who are confused about how a decision will be made on this controversial anti-counterfeiting agreement. It also includes a handy timeline with important dates. The agreement has proved controversial because people are concerned about how it will affect civil rights. However, it will not be able to enter into force in the EU without the EP's approval. The European Commission announced on 22 February 2012 that it will refer ACTA to the European Court of Justice for a ruling on the agreement. However, British Social-Democrat David Martin, who is responsible for steering the agreement through Parliament, says Parliament should prepare its own questions for referral to the court.
By Ben Rooney Agence France-Presse/Getty Images Arif: “Things are moving in the right direction.” Kader Arif was the European Parliament’s rapporteur for the controversial ACTA agreement until he resigned on the day the agreement was signed.