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WikiLeaks Cables Shine Light on ACTA History

La Quadrature du Net obtained exclusive access to the WikiLeaks US diplomatic cables regarding the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA). Although they only give a partial account of the history of this secretly-negotiated agreement, these cables shed an interesting light on the coming into being of ACTA. They show the prime role of the US in the advent of this extremist imposition of violent sanctions against citizens and their fundamental rights. The cables expose the stakes and debates surrounding the participation of developing countries, as well as the evolution of the position of European Union during the negotiations.

European Parliament: Who is For and Who is Against ACTA?

After last week's rejection of the joint resolution on the anti-Counterfeiting Tade Agreement (ACTA) by the European Parliament, and the adoption of a bad, pro-ACTA resolution tabled by the conservative EPP group, La Quadrature has analyzed the results of the vote. The final result of the vote was 306 for, and 322 against (with 26 abstentions). The results show an overall polarized poll, with the bulk of the political groups who tabled the resolution voting in favor (S&D, ALDE, Greens/EFA, EUL/NGL), while the Conservatives rejected it (EPP and ECR). But details show that some MEPs did not follow their group's position. The overall picture gives a clear view of who to convince in order to obtain a full rejection of ACTA during the upcoming consent vote.

European Parliament on its Way to Accept ACTA?

Paris, November 24th 2010 - The European Parliament has just adopted a resolution approving the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA). The adopted text fails to criticize the elaboration process of ACTA and its potential impact on the online environment (including freedom of speech, privacy, innovation) and access to medicines. This vote is an invitation for citizens and civil society organizations to expose the illegitimacy and dangers of ACTA in order to convince a few additional MEPs to refuse to give their final consent to this agreement.

ACTA: Will The EU Parliament Give Up its Power?

Paris, November 23rd, 2010 -- After last week's release of the final version of the ACTA text, the European Parliament is about to adopt a resolution preparing the upcoming ratification process, during a plenary session scheduled tomorrow. This vote must be an opportunity for European lawmakers to restate their opposition to this agreement, which is bound to spread internationally some of the most extremist provisions regarding the civil and criminal enforcement of copyright, trademarks and patents.

Near-Final ACTA Text is a Counterfeit of Democracy

Paris, October 6th, 2010 - The ACTA negotiators have just released a near-final version of this anti-counterfeiting agreement. It is still very dangerous. The release of this text should not give the illusion of transparency by hiding the fact that the whole negotiation process was carried on out of public scrutiny. Moreover, ACTA could profoundly alter the Internet ecosystem by turning technical intermediaries into a copyright police of the Net.

ACTA is No Done Deal!

Paris, October 4th 2010 - The spokesperson for the Trade European Commissioner has announced Saturday October 2nd, that all parties have reached an agreement on ACTA. This is one more example of how the secrecy of this negotiation permits all manoeuvres to deceive citizens and Members of Parliaments. La Quadrature du Net calls all European citizens to alert their MEPs and National MPs about the need to monitor closely the rest of this negotiation and prepare to reject its by-product.

Gallo report adopted: A stab in the back of citizens' freedoms

Strasbourg, Sept. 22nd 2010 - The European Parliament has just adopted the Gallo report on copyright enforcement by 328 to 245 votes. This very repressive text is one more step in the entertainment industries' crusade against their own public. The Members of the Parliament have failed to recognize that the measures called for in this non-legislative text profoundly undermine fundamental freedoms1.

Deadly Copyright Repression Threatens EU. Act Now!

Strasbourg, Sept. 20th 2010 - A resolution of the European Parliament calling for more repression of file sharing will be voted upon on Wednesday. European conservatives, led by a pro-sarkozy rapporteur and helped by a diversion from the liberal group, are pushing for the adoption of the Gallo report. If they succeed, blind repression and private copyright police of the Net will become the official position of the European Parliament. Our fundamental freedoms are at stake. In just 5 minutes, you can help rejecting it.

Red Alert on Net Freedoms! MEPs shall Reject the Gallo Report

Paris, September 15th 2010 - The Gallo report1 on strengthening copyright enforcement will be voted in the European Parliament on Wednesday, September 22nd. Even if non-legislative, this dangerous text relies on biased figures pushed by producers and publishers' lobbies to call for an extension of repression.

  • 1. initiative report (non-legislative text) initiated by the French EPP -Member of Nicolas Sarkozy's party- Member of the European Parliament Marielle Gallo, "on enforcement of intellectual property rights in the internal market"

European Parliament Vs. ACTA: Rejection is the only option

Paris, September 8th, 2010 - The adoption by the European Parliament of Written Declaration 12 opposing the ACTA agreement sends a strong political signal. European Commission shows its will to quickly conclude the negotiations of this agreement that includes harmful provisions for fundamental rights. ACTA aims at circumventing democracy to impose now and later repressive legislation through secret negotiations. The European Parliament now has a unique occasion to firmly oppose it.

New ACTA leak: 2010 07 13 consolidated text (Luzern round)

Here is the full consolidated text of the ACTA agreement, dated July 1st 2010. This is the full text from the Luzern round of negotiations, including the name of the negotiating parties along with their positions. It apparently comes from the civil liberties committee (LIBE) of the European Parliament.

WD12 on ACTA: It's the Final Countdown!

Strasbourg, July 5th 2010 - A round of negotiations on the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) just finished last week in Luzern, Switzerland. While the negotiators expressed their will not to release any further draft of the text, the European Parliament has now a unique opportunity to oppose both the process and the content of ACTA. There is just a few days left to collect 110 signatures from Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) to Written Declaration 12. Will you spend 5 minutes to help defeat ACTA?

ACTA calls to urgently rethink patents and copyright (open letter)

Your organization can sign this letter, see below
Whatever the final text will be after the next negotiation rounds, the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) will remain an illegitimate agreement, by its elaboration process (beyond any democratic control) as well as its content (further strengthening of an outdated set of legislation). Access to medicine in the poorest countries and protection of citizens' fundamental rights in their usage of Internet and digital technologies are too crucial issues to be left out to the hazards of closed-doors negotiations.

ACTA negotiators don't care about the Internet

Luzern, June 29th 2010 - La Quadrature du Net, along with access to medication NGOs, met in Luzern with 20 negotiators of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA). No answer was given regarding the concern that ACTA would hinder fundamental freedoms online, by turning Internet operators into a private copyright police. More disturbingly, negotiators showed a profound lack of understanding and competence, close to disdain, regarding Internet and the digital environment.

EXCLUSIVE: Pictures of the ACTA negotiations

ACTAivists from La Quadrature du Net and Act Up-Paris approached the Luzern Palace, where the 9th round of ACTA negotiations begun:

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