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Spanish Presidency: Hostile to Net neutrality

The final "Granada Strategy" document by the Spanish Presidency, which lays out Spain's views on the future of European information society policies, has now been circulated.

ACTA: Major leak reveals countries' positions

Another leak of ACTA, the multilateral agreement aimed at imposing the most stringent anti-counterfeiting measures at the global level! This new document originating from the European Commission outlines the positions of negotiating countries on the language of the civil enforcement chapter and the digital chapter.

European privacy protection authority condemns ACTA

Today, the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) has issued an opinion critical of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement currently under negotiations. This document is a blow for the negotiators of ACTA, who should now publicly oppose the inclusion of liberty-killer provisions in the agreement.

Hearing of the new Commission: Citizens take notice!

Last week, Commissioners-designate Viviane Reding, Michel Barnier and Neelie Kroes confronted the European Parliament for their confirmation hearings. Issues relating to freedom in the networked society have been raised by several Members of the European Parliament.

Videos of these hearings are available on EuroparlTV.

European Parliament to adopt a report on IPR enforcement

The European Parliament is in the process of writing an own-initiative report in response to the Commission's communication on "enhancing the enforcement of intellectual property rights".

European Commission's views on ACTA draft Internet chapter leak

Yesterday, the Commission's analysis of the US proposal regarding the draft Internet chapter of the ACTA leaked. The document confirmed what was previously reported, namely that the US proposal would extend an extremist regulation of the Internet to all signatory countries, with the implementation of three-strikes schemes and content filtering.

You can find the full analysis here.

ACTA, U.S Democracy and the Global Knowledge Economy

Eddan Katz 1 and Gwen Hinze 2 from the Electronic Frontier Foundation recently published a very insightful essay on the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) in the Yale Law Journal of International Law Online.

  • 1. International Affairs Director, Electronic Frontier Foundation
  • 2. International Policy Director, Electronic Frontier Foundation

Dogmatic IPR enforcement fails to address the challenges of the Internet-based creative economy

La Quadrature du Net's response to the European Commission's communication on “Enhancing the enforcement of intellectual property rights in the internal market
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