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Amnesty International - ACTA impacts in a number of way human rights

« ACTA's content, process, and institutional structure impact in a number of ways on human rights – especially the rights to due process, privacy, freedom of information, freedom of expression, and access to essential medicines. »

Amnesty International - source, February 2012.

OSCE media representative - EU Parliament must reassess ACTA to safeguard freedom of expression

« ACTA might have a detrimental affect on freedom of expression and a free flow of information in the digital age »

OSCE media representative - source, February 2012.

Health Action International - ACTA's flawed process and flawed rationale

« ACTA proposes aggressive intellectual property enforcement that would hinder generic competition, leaving healthcare systems and consumers to pay higher prices for medicines. »

Health Action International - source, February 2012.

HAI, TACD, MSF, Oxfam - ACTA contributes to a damaging confusion between crucial legitimate generics and counterfeit medicines, which is harmful for public health

« ACTA contributes to a damaging confusion between crucial legitimate generics and counterfeit medicines, which is harmful for public health. »

Common statement from Health Action International, Médecins sans frontières, Oxfam and Trans Atlantic Consumer Dialogue - source, March 2012.

Réseau Semences Paysannes - ACTA threatens seeds

« ACTA directly puts States at the enterprises' service. The latter will be able to give States a list of products suspected of being counterfeited, asking for their seizure.[...] Such a process is a formidable weapon in multinational companies' hands, as they have great financial means and are able to use litigation's costs and duration to threaten small enterprises unable to resist long court battles. »

EuroISPA, ETNO, ECTA, GSMA Europe - ACTA, as it stands, does not bring the legal certainty needed by the European Internet industry to develop and compete internationally

« ACTA, as it stands, does not bring the legal certainty needed by the European Internet industry to develop and compete internationally. »

Common statement from EuroISPA, ETNO, ECTA, GSMA Europe, four organisations representing the European electronic communications industry - source, April 2012.

EDPS - ACTA would be contrary to EU fundamental right

« The introduction in ACTA of a measure that would involve the massive surveillance of Internet users would be contrary to EU fundamental rights and in particular the rights to privacy and data protection, which are protected under Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights and Articles 7 and 8 of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the EU. »

Karel De Gucht's Fake ACTA Debate

Last week, the Trade Commissioner De Gucht, the same who recently declared he was “not afraid of the anti-ACTA demonstrations”, went on to explain why, considering the wave of criticism on ACTA, he is now turning to the European Court of Justice to assess whether ACTA would be detrimental to fundamental rights1.

A Vibrant Political Debate on ACTA Sparks at the EU Parliament

Brussels, February 29th, 2012 – The European Parliament may be adopting a strong political line on the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), despite the EU Commission's attempt to buy time and defuse the debate. Due to the referral of ACTA to the EU Court of Justice, the final vote paving the way for its ratification will be delayed. This will give the EU Parliament time to build up a clear stance on the issues raised by this dangerous trade agreement, do in-depth research and impact assessments, and hopefully define guidelines for a better and fair copyright regime. Citizens must remain mobilized, as they will have many opportunities to weigh in this open process.

ACTA Week in the EU Parliament. MEPs Must Act!

Brussels, February 27th, 2012 – Despite an attempt from the Commission to buy time and defuse the political debate, important meetings will take place this week in the European Parliament to decide on the future of ACTA. Citizens must call on their representatives to work without delay towards the rejection of this illegitimate agreement.

January 2012 Newsletter

Lire cette lettre d'information en français.

Editorial

Hello everyone,

This January saw the launch of a large anti-Acta campaign, following the huge demonstrations against the SOPA and PIPA bills in the US. On January 26th, the European Union and its Member States signed ACTA (the last step before the European Parliament's crucial ratification). This, combined with the brutal takedown of MegaUpload and the shelving of SOPA and PIPA in the USA, shocked proponents of a free Internet. Thousands of people have taken to the streets in Poland and a growing number of citizens are demonstrating all over Europe and on the Internet, demanding the rejection of ACTA, SOPA's global big brother.

It is in this context that the European Commission is lobbying Members of the European Parliament (MEP) to convince them to vote for ACTA. La Quadrature is creating a collaborative counter-argumentation to debunk the Commission's lies.
To act against ACTA, please see our guide.

Regarding the defence of Net neutrality, cases of Internet access restrictions already listed on RespectMyNet have been sent to BEREC. In the face of such evidence, will European Commissioner Neelie Kroes keep pretending that there is no problem with Net neutrality in Europe?
Keep listing the access restrictions you experience to help us make Respect My Net as accurate as possible. We are also looking for webdesigners and coders to improve RespectMyNet's interface.

Furthermore, concerning ongoing projects at La Quadrature, our new website (https://laquadrature.net) has been launched! Please have a browse and give us your feedback! Many thanks to Snip, Olive and Théodore for their amazing work!
Political Memory is still looking for new contributors to grow to the next level and help citizens to follow their MEPs' activity. With growing movement against ACTA, the project is more useful than ever!

Last but not least, our next monthly "Quadr'apéro" is on Friday the 17th of February in Paris, France. Please join us for drinks, nibblies and a chat about Internet, freedoms and how to act against ACTA.

Newsletter janvier 2012

English speakers, read this newsletter online in english: https://laquadrature.net/en/newsletter/january-2012-newsletter

Édito

Bonjour à toutes et à tous,

Le mois de janvier a été celui du lancement de la campagne contre l'accord ACTA, après la vaste mobilisation contre les projets de loi SOPA et PIPA aux États-Unis. La signature d'ACTA par l'Union européenne et ses États Membres le 26 janvier (qui précède l'étape cruciale de la ratification parlementaire), juste après la fermeture brutale de MegaUpload et le remisage de SOPA et PIPA aux US, a mis en émoi les défenseurs d'un Internet libre. Des milliers de personnes sont descendues dans la rue en Pologne, un nombre grandissant de citoyens se mobilisent dans toute l'Europe et sur Internet en vue d'obtenir le rejet d'ACTA, le grand frère à l'échelle globale de SOPA.

C'est dans ce contexte que la Commission européenne tente d'influencer les eurodéputés pour les convaincre d'accepter ACTA. La Quadrature du Net est en train de produire de façon collaborative un contre-argumentaire démontant les mensonges de la Commission.
Pour agir vous aussi contre ACTA, rendez-vous ici !

Sur la défense de la neutralité du Net, les cas de restriction d'accès à Internet déjà recensés sur RespectMyNet ont été transmis au BEREC. Face à ces preuves, la Commissaire européenne Neelie Kroes continuera-t-elle à prétendre qu'il n'y pas le moindre problème de neutralité du Net dans l'Union européenne ?
Vous pouvez continuer à recenser les restrictions d'accès dont vous faites l'expérience afin de rendre RespectMyNet aussi exhaustif que possible. RespectMyNet cherche également des webdesigners et intégrateurs pour améliorer son interface.

Par ailleurs, la Quadrature du Net s'est également associée à Framasoft et à l'April pour une campagne de soutien originale : achetez un Pack Liberté, protégez les libertés en ligne, sauvez un chaton ! Chaque don est réparti entre les trois organisations et permet aux organisations de continuer leur travail de défense des libertés.

Enfin, concernant les projets en cours à La Quadrature, sachez que la nouvelle version du site Internet (https://laquadrature.net) a été lancée. Nous vous invitons à le visiter et nous donner votre avis ! Un grand merci à Snip, Olive et Théodore pour leur travail acharné !

Pour finir, nous vous donnons rendez-vous le 17 février prochain pour le Quadr'apéro mensuel de La Quadrature à Paris. Venez en nombre vous joindre à nous autour d'un verre pour discuter de la défense de l'Internet et des moyens d'agir contre ACTA.

SOPA = PIPA = ACTA = Censorship!

Paris, January 18th, 2012 - La Quadrature du Net's website has gone dark today in protest of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and PROTECT-IP Act (PIPA) discussed in the US Congress1, as well as the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), currently debated in the European Parliament2.

EU Commission Paves the Way for Privatized Net Censorship

Paris, January 12th, 2012 – In a milestone strategy document on Internet policy, the EU Commission is getting ready to propose new repressive policies. With the upcoming consent vote on the anti-counterfeiting agreement ACTA and the revision of the “Intellectual Property Rights” Directive (IPRED), the controversial censorship schemes currently discussed in the United States will soon arrive in Europe.

Infographic Remix: ACTA, Lethal Weapon Against your Rights!

The fantastic folks from DerechoALeer.org designed this wonderful mash-up between two videos from La Quadrature: “RoboCopyright ACTA” (for the graphics) and “NO to ACTA” (for the text)! Thanks so much Juan! ♡

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