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Don't Let the European Parliament Freeze ACTA!

Paris, March 13th, 2012 – The European Parliament may be about to side with the Commission in its strategy to stall the ACTA debate, and postpone by one year or two the vote that could kill it once and for all. It is urgent that citizens contact Members of the Parliament to urge them to continue working towards a clear and strong political position, leading to the unavoidable rejection of ACTA, rather than allow these technocratic manœuvres.

A Strategy Looking Through ACTA and Beyond

Over the last two weeks, events have radically altered the course of the debate on ACTA and its ratification procedure, both at the EU and Member States levels. The tremendous citizen pressure definitely had an effect and altered the balance of power. Scared that ACTA might promptly be rejected, EU Commissioner De Gucht managed to delay the procedure by one or two years. With clear objectives in mind, it might be time to look also beyond ACTA to understand how we can collectively attempt to protect our freedoms online while fixing the broken copyright regime currently waging war on the free Internet.

ACTA: Why We Take to The Streets

Paris, February 23rd, 2012 – Despite the EU Commission's attempt to buy time and defuse the heated political debate by referring ACTA to the EU Court of Justice, this Saturday February 25th will be one more opportunity for hundreds of thousands of citizens across dozens of cities all around the European Union to take to the streets and protest against ACTA. For all of us, ACTA has become the symbol of corrupt policy-making, and the evidence that it has never been more urgent to reform copyright so as to protect our fundamental rights online.

ECJ Referral: No Legal Debate Will Make ACTA Legitimate

Paris, February 22nd – The European Commission just announced its intent to ask the European Court of Justice (ECJ) for an opinion on the conformity of ACTA with fundamental freedoms. Beyond the obvious intent to defuse the heated debate currently taking place, this move aims to make the ACTA discussion a mere legal issue, when the main concerns are political by nature.

“Green Week”: Ask MEPs to Reject ACTA Back in Their Home Districts!

Paris, February 20th, 2012 – This week, Members of the EU Parliament will be back in their home districts to meet with their constituency. This is an important opportunity for EU citizens to get in touch with their elected representatives, and make sure that they understand how dangerous and illegitimate ACTA is. Next week in Brussels, many decisive meetings will take place in the committees of the EU Parliament regarding ACTA.

Join the Giant Distributed ACTA Protest All Over Europe!

Paris, February 11th, 2012 - The co-founders of La Quadrature du Net1 and many of its contributors will join the giant distributed ACTA protest that is taking place in hundreds of locations all over Europe2.

Will the New ACTA Rapporteur Stand For Citizens Freedoms?

Paris, February 7th, 2012 – Member of the EU Parliament David Martin, from the Socialist & Democrats group, has been appointed new rapporteur for the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) in the “International Trade” committee (INTA). Unfortunately, his record on protecting freedoms online is worryingly poor and should prompt EU citizens to act against ACTA and ensure that the EU Parliament will defend their rights by rejecting this dangerous agreement.

The EU Commission's Repressive Plans Beyond ACTA

Paris, February 6th, 2012 – The EU Commission is relentlessly defending ACTA, the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, which faces widespread opposition in Europe and beyond. Falsely portraying ACTA as an acceptable agreement, the Commission is paving the way for its ultra-repressive copyright enforcement agenda, as revealed in documents just released. Citizens and their elected representatives across Europe must denounce this dangerous drift of the policy-making process, which is bound to undermine freedoms online and the very architecture of the Internet, and instead require a thorough reform of copyright.

ACTA: Commissioner De Gucht Lies to the EU Parliament

Paris, February 1st 2012 – The EU Commission “Trade” Directorate-General is lobbying the EU Parliament, presenting a one-sided and plainly distorted view of ACTA to face the growing citizen opposition. The EU's executive branch, which negotiated ACTA behind citizens' backs, is now shamelessly relaying the copyright industries' lobbying pitch, in yet another sign of its collusion with business interests.

Debunking the EU Commission's Lies About ACTA

Paris, January 30th, 2012 – The EU Commission is engaging in an all-out offensive to portray ACTA as normal trade agreement harmless to fundamental rights or access to knowledge. In several published documents, the Commission's attempts to impose ACTA onto the EU Parliament while silencing legitimate criticism. But these misrepresentations don't resist scrutiny.

ACTA Signed by the EU. Let's Defeat it Together!

Paris, January 26th 2012 – Today in Tokyo, the EU and 22 of its Member States officially signed ACTA1, the anti-counterfeiting trade agreement. The worldwide citizen movement initiated against SOPA and PIPA must now focus on defeating their global counterpart ACTA in the European Parliament.

ACTA: Letter to the EU Parliament Development Committee

Today, La Quadrature du Net sent a letter to the Members of the Development committee of the European Parliament. All citizens should also call on the committee to carefully consider the many serious issues raised by ACTA, the anti-counterfeiting trade agreement aimed at establishing extremist standards in copyright, patent and trademarks worldwide.

After SOPA/PIPA in the US, ACTA Makes Its Way to the EU Parliament

Paris, January 23rd, 2012 – After the huge online protests against the extremist SOPA and PIPA copyright bills discussed in the United States, the EU Parliament starts working on their global counterpart: ACTA, the anti-counterfeiting trade agreement. Citizens across Europe must push back against this illegitimate agreement bound to undermine free speech online, access to knowledge and innovation worldwide.

MegaUpload: Copyright Industry At War Against Monsters of its Own Making

Paris, January 20th 2012 – The takedown1 of MegaUpload from the Internet shows a global attempt to control and censor the Internet, as illustrated by PIPA2 in the US, and the ACTA3 agreement worldwide. Conducted outside of the US territory and without even a court ruling, this case makes clear how disproportionate and violent is the war waged in the name of an obsolete copyright regime.

Newsletter décembre 2011

Édito

Bonjour à toutes et à tous.

Le mois de décembre a été marqué par l'adoption par le Conseil de l'Union Européenne de l'accord anti-contrefaçon ACTA. Ce dernier fera dans les prochains mois l'objet d'un vote du Parlement européen, en vue de sa ratification définitive ou de son rejet par l'Union européenne. De nombreuses associations de la société civile européenne, de Reporters Sans Frontières en passant par Oxfam ou Article 19, s'opposent à l'ACTA, qui marque une nouvelle escalade au niveau international en matière de droit d'auteur et de brevet au bénéfice de quelques multinationales du divertissement, de l’agrochimie et du secteur pharmaceutique.

Pour agir contre ACTA, rendez-vous ici !

Par ailleurs, la neutralité du Net fait toujours l'objet de vifs débats au niveau européen. Les États membres ont adopté leurs conclusions sur le sujet, au travers du Conseil de l'UE. Dans ce texte, ils soulignent l'importance de préserver le caractère ouvert du Net en s'assurant que l'accès Internet ne fasse pas l'objet de restrictions imposées par les opérateurs télécoms, même si, malheureusement, ils ne vont pas jusqu'à affirmer que ce principe de neutralité doit être inscrit dans la loi. La balle est désormais dans le camp des régulateurs des télécoms et de la Commission européenne, qui doivent bientôt dévoiler les résultats de leur étude sur les atteintes à la neutralité perpétrées par les opérateurs de par l'Europe. Vous pouvez aider à protéger la neutralité en exposant les pratiques illégitimes de vos fournisseurs d'accès Internet (fixe et mobile) sur RespectMyNet.eu. Vous contribuerez ainsi à démontrer l'importance de légiférer rapidement sur cette question essentielle pour l'avenir du Net.

En France, le Parlement a définitivement adopté le projet de loi sur la copie privée, en restreignant les droits du public. Même si la nouvelle majorité sénatoriale s'est montrée sensible aux risques liés à la notion de « licéité de la source », elle s'est refusée à tout amendement, invoquant l'urgence d'une adoption rapide de ce texte.

De nombreux projets de La Quadrature ont actuellement besoin de contributions (refonte du site web, Respect My Net, Mémoire Politique, etc.) contactez-nous ou inscrivez-vous sur la liste de discussion afin de contribuer. Deux nouvelles mailing lists thématiques ont également été créées : une consacrée aux graphistes et web-designers souhaitant contribuer aux travaux de La Quadrature, et une autre consacrée à la veille juridique sur les différents dossiers.

Pour finir, sachez que le 13 janvier prochain, La Quadrature organise un nouveau Quadr'apéro, comme chaque mois. Venez en nombre vous joindre à nous autour d'un verre pour discuter de la défense de l'Internet.

Bonne lecture et à très vite !

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