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Press review about ACTA

[Maltastar] ACTA protest mirrors people's feelings - Mugliett

Nationalist Party MP Jesmond Mugliett blasted his own government for signing ACTA without first discussing the details on a local level.

"I feel uncomfortable that our country signed this treaty when the discussion had only started in Malta. I am unhappy about that" the former PN minister said. [...]

"If we are so sure that this treaty is good for our country why are we afraid of discussing it?" Mugliett said. [...]

http://maltastar.com/dart/20120214-acta-protest-mirrors-people-feelings-...

[Español][ElMundo] Aumenta la movilización global contra el polémico tratado 'antipiratería' ACTA

Falta de transparencia, indefinición de sus objetivos, peligro para las libertades civiles en Internet... El polémico -y silencioso- tratado internacional contra la 'piratería' de bienes denominado ACTA ha levantado una gran ola de protestas en la Red que se han materializado en cientos de ciudades del mundo.

[HindustanTimes] Protests erupt against web piracy treaty

Tens of thousands of protesters took part in rallies across Europe on Saturday against an international anti-piracy agreement they fear will curb their freedom to download movies and music for free and encourage Internet surveillance. More than 25,000 demonstrators braved freezing temperatures in German cities to march against the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) [...]

[BBC] Acta: European Parliament's Schulz criticises treaty

The president of the European Parliament has criticised the controversial Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (Acta).

On German television network ARD, Martin Schulz said of the treaty: "I don't find it good in its current form." […]

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-17012832

[TimesOfMalta] Anti-ACTA group says campaign will continue

The Malta Anti-ACTA group said today that the fact that new digital rights will be enshrined 'in the Constitution' was a positive step for Maltese society. [...]

"The campaign against ACTA will thus continue, and representatives in the National and European Parliament are still being urged to reject the treaty." the group said. [...]

http://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20120213/local/anti-acta-group...

[TaipeiTimes] Europe erupts in protests against Web piracy treaty

In cities across a freezing Europe protesters rallied against the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, fearing online censorship and more surveillance [...]

Opposition to ACTA in Eastern Europe is especially strong and spreading rapidly. Protesters have compared it to the Big Brother-style surveillance used by former communist regimes. Downloading films and music is also a popular way for many Eastern Europeans to obtain free entertainment. [...]

[IBTimes] ACTA Protests Sweep Across the World [Photos & Videos]

ACTA protests are sweeping across the world. Feb. 11 was dubbed an international day of action by opponents of ACTA , and turnout was highest that day, but the rallies have continued to rage on in the days since, as international anger over the controversial treaty builds. [...]

[Techpresident] Momentum Builds in Europe Against Controversial Treaty on Copyright, Counterfeiting

Last Saturday, thousands of people rallied all over Europe to protest against the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, a controversial treaty that would set new international standards for dealing with copyright infringement and other copyright claims. […]

[Reuters] Protests erupt across Europe against web piracy treaty

Tens of thousands of protesters took part in rallies across Europe on Saturday against an international anti-piracy agreement they fear will curb their freedom to download movies and music for free and encourage Internet surveillance. [...]

In Paris, about 1,000 people marched ACTA. "It's a demonstration without precedent because it's taking place in all of Europe at the same time," said Jeremie Zimmermann, spokesman for Internet freedom group la Quadrature du Net. [...]

[Guardian] Acta criticised after thousands protest in Europe

Anti-counterfeiting treaty lacks balance, says European Parliament president, but publishers call for calm and reasoned assessment while thousands brave cold to march […]

Thousands protested in several European countries on Saturday. In German cities more than 25,000 demonstrators marched in freezing temperatures, while 4,000 Bulgarians in Sofia rallied against the agreement, which is designed to strengthen the legal framework for intellectual property rights. […]

[Reuters] Protests erupt across Europe against web piracy treaty

Tens of thousands of protesters took part in rallies across Europe on Saturday against an international anti-piracy agreement they fear will curb their freedom to download movies and music for free and encourage Internet surveillance. [...]

More than 25,000 demonstrators braved freezing temperatures in German cities to march against the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) while 4,000 Bulgarians in Sofia rallied against the agreement designed to strengthen the legal framework for intellectual property rights.

[Dw.de] European divisions over ACTA deepen

The international copyright treaty is meant to improve the protection of intellectual property. But critics fear the deal could severely restricts Internet freedoms.

Supporters and opponents of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) agree that intellectual property must be protected. But European societies are divided over how this is to be achieved. Recent demonstrations across the continent are proof of the growing opposition towards ACTA. The demonstrators fear the treaty will lead to a curtailing of Internet freedoms. [...]

[TechPresident] ACTA opponents welcome Germany's decision

Opponents of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) welcomed the official decision by the German government today to wait for action from the European Parliament before signing the treaty, calling it a sign that the debate over the balance between copyright protection and Internet freedom has become more explicitly political.

[TechPresident] ACTA opponents welcome Germany's decision

Opponents of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) welcomed the official decision by the German government today to wait for action from the European Parliament before signing the treaty, calling it a sign that the debate over the balance between copyright protection and Internet freedom has become more explicitly political. [...]

[TheInquerer] World gets ready for ACTA protests

PROTESTERS ACROSS EUROPE and the US are getting ready to take to the streets in protest against the overbearing Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA). [...]

"ACTA will let rightsholders use laughably inflated claims of damages (based on the disproven idea that every download or stream is a lost sale) to sue people. As if suing amazing artists, video makers and websites for millions wasn't hard enough!" warns internet rights group La Quadrature du Net. [...]