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Press review about ACTA

[Timesofmalta] The deactivation of Acta

Acta is an international agreement created by the United States and Japan – and in some cases signed without public consultation – but excluding some European countries like Germany, Latvia, Poland and the Czech Republic and negotiated in secret with main international companies.[...]

[Fsrn] Headlines for Friday, February 17, 2012 : ACTA dealt blow by European court

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Europe's highest court has ruled that online services such as Facebook and YouTube cannot be forced to police their customers' use of music, movies or other copyrighted material. Digital activists say it's another blow to the anti-piracy initiative known as ACTA From France, FSRN's Liam Moriarty has more.

[TheInquirer.net] EU Court of Justice announced a win for privacy

The European Court of Justice has announced a win for privacy online in its decision that monitoring and filtering online content is unlawful and unfair.

In a ruling on the Sabam v. Netlog case (PDF), it said, « The owner of an online social network cannot be obliged to install a general filtering system, covering all its users, in order to prevent the unlawful use of musical and audio-visual work. »

[SloveniaTimes] Government Leaning Towards Freezing ACTA

The government is leaning towards freezing the controversial Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), Minister for Education, Science, Culture and Sport Žiga Turk told the press coming out of a government session. "We do not see a practical need for Slovenia to ratify it in this very moment," Turk told the press. [...]

The Economic Development Ministry said Žerjav would speak about ACTA at Friday's public presentation of opinions, which has been organised by the parliamentary EU Affairs Committee. [...]

[Taz.de] Freiwillige Freizeit-Feuerwehr

Der Gegenwind bläst der Politik nicht nur im Netz entgegen. Der Protest gegen Acta hat eine breite Massenbewegung auf die Straße gebracht. Acta hat geschafft, was Datenschutz, Vorratsdatenspeicherung und Internetsperren nicht in diesem Umfang geschafft haben: Es demonstrierten zehntausende, wohl an die 100.000 Menschen in dutzenden deutschen Städten - und das bei eisigem Winterwetter. [...]

[WarsawBusinessJournal] Polish government asks European Parliament not to sign ACTA

PM Tusk has admitted he was wrong to support the treaty

On Friday, Prime Minister Donald Tusk completed the about-face his government had started on the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA). [...]

“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.” [...]

http://www.wbj.pl/article-58076-polish-government-asks-european-parliame...

[Español][Publico] La UE exime a las redes sociales de perseguir las descargas ilegales

Las redes sociales no pueden ser también redes policiales. Una sentencia del Tribunal de Justicia de la Unión Europea, publicada ayer, consideró ilegal que grandes webs de internet como Facebook o Twitter instalen sistemas de filtrado para detectar cuáles de sus usuarios utilizan los servicios de la página para intercambiar o difundir material protegido por los derechos de autor. [...]

[V3.co.uk] ECJ rules hosting sites cannot be made to filter content in another blow to ACTA

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled on Thursday that forcing hosting services to monitor and filter online content is a violation of European law, dealing another blow to the controversial Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA). [...]

The decision is of large significance after recent attempts by the entertainment and music industries to force hosting services to screen all users' communications in order to block potentially copyright-infringing content. [...]

[TheInquerer] ACTA loses the support of more countries

ACTA, the treaty that will let the entertainment industries dictate the legislative and punitive environment for dealing with so-called 'piracy', is losing support as it gets closer to ratification. Several countries have already backed away from approving it, and now they have been joined by Bulgaria and the Netherlands. [...]

http://www.theinquirer.net/inquirer/news/2152965/acta-loses-support-coun...

[Guardian] Acta loses more support in Europe

Support for Acta in Europe is waning as both Bulgaria and the Netherlands refuse to ratify the international anti-piracy agreement.

Bulgaria will not ratify the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement over fears it will curb freedom to download movies and music for free and encourage internet surveillance, economy minister Traicho Traikov said on Tuesday.

[France24] OSCE warns of Internet pact's curbs on expression

The OSCE's media freedom representative warned Tuesday that a global online piracy pact that has sparked protests around Europe could undermine freedom of expression.

"I ... am concerned that the present agreement on ACTA might have a detrimental effect on freedom of expression and a free flow of information in the digital age," Dunja Mijatovic wrote in a letter to Martin Schulz, the president of the European Parliament, which has yet to ratify the pact. [...]

[Forbes] Bulgaria Withdraws From ACTA

Is the tide starting to turn on the European Union’s controversial Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement? First Germany said that they were going to back off ratifying ACTA, following the position taken by Poland earlier. Now Bulgaria is doing the same thing, and won’t be taking any steps toward ratifying the treaty any time soon. [...]

[MenaFN] Poland : Leading a new struggle for freedom

Last weekend saw tens of thousands of people across Europe taking to the streets in protest against the international treaty to enforce intellectual property rights. European politicians are gradually distancing themselves from the treaty, largely as a result of citizen mobilisation initiated in Central Europe. [...]

[IPS] Poland Leads a New Struggle for Freedom

Last weekend saw tens of thousands of people across Europe taking to the streets in protest against the international treaty to enforce intellectual property rights. European politicians are gradually distancing themselves from the treaty, largely as a result of citizen mobilisation initiated in Central Europe.[...]