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Press review about ACTA

[WallStreetJournal] ACTA Negotiators to Blame for Misguided Protests

Europeans will take to the streets this weekend in protest at the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, an international agreement that has given birth to an ocean full of red herrings. [...]

"It is about inducing countries to change their laws to come in line with ACTA," says Jérémie Zimmermann, founder of the French Internet lobby group La Quadrature du Net. [...]

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000142405297020413640457721119161092711...

[GlobalPost] EU struggles to get its ACTA together

Europe is facing a widening revolt over an international agreement billed by supporters as a essential tool to beat online piracy, but denounced by opponents as a menace to internet freedom.

ACTA is an irrecoverable circumvention of democracy, a text whose need was never demonstrated in any way, and which creates grave dangers for online freedoms for the sole benefit of a few special interest groups,” said Philippe Aigrain, co-founder of the French Internet campaign group La Quadrature du Net. [...]

[Digitaljournal] ACTA has a brand-new rapporteur - Internet censorship treaty

After the resignation of Kader Arif as rapporteur of this treaty, the world sighed in relief, thinking this might put the ACTA treaty out of action. […]

According to the Inquirer Mr Martin, the new rapporteur might not agree with Mr Arif, and the internet rights group Laquadrature du Net , said that:

"... he has a track record of serving corporate interests and will have to work hard to convince treaty opponents that he understands the ramifications of ratifying the agreement."

http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/319266

[CroatianTimes] Croatians to protest against ACTA on Saturday

Protests against the controversial anti-piracy laws have been announced for Saturday in the Croatian cities of Zagreb, Rijeka and Osijek.

The protest against the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) will be held simultaneously in the three cities starting at 3pm. […]

http://www.croatiantimes.com/news/General_News/2012-02-08/24967/Croatian...

MEP David Martin becomes ACTA rapporteur

THE DRACONIAN Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) has another European Parliament rapporteur, after the last one resigned in protest.

Minister of the European Parliament (MEP) David Martin has taken over the job vacated by Kader Arif, the MEP that quit the position because ACTA was written in secrecy and rushed to signing.

"I want to denounce in the strongest possible manner the entire process that led to the signature of this agreement," Arif wrote when he resigned. […]

[Wyborcza.Pl] Bez nas sprawa ad ACTA

Sans nous, l'accord n'est pas valide

Si la Pologne ne ratifie pas l'accord, l'ACTA n'a aucune chance de devenir un accord de l'Union européenne. Oui, il pourra prendre effet, s'il est ratifié par un nombre suffisant de signataires hors de l'UE, mais il n'aura pas d'effet contraignant sur l'UE, et y compris la Pologne […]

Without us, the agreement is not valid

[Di.Pl] Tylko 1% popiera rząd ws. ACTA

Seulement 1% des électeurs soutient le gouvernement sur l'ACTA

94% des répondants pensent que le gouvernement polonais ne devrait pas avoir à signer un accord ACTA — selon les résultats préliminaires de l'examen par l'Institut Polonais-Japonais de Technologies de l'Information.
Les personnes intérogées ont également répondu aux questions sur la distribution gratuite de contenus protégés par le droit d'auteur, activités qui sont selon eux le plus favorable aux créateurs et devrait inspirer la loi polonaise.

[EuObserver] Czech Republic stops ratification of anti-counterfeit treaty

The Czech Republic has stopped ratification of the controversial anti-counterfeiting trade agreement (Acta), becoming the second EU country to do so after Poland. [...]

"We cannot accept under any circumstances, that civil liberties and free access to information are threatened in any way," Prime Minister Petr Necas said on Monday (6 February) on the ratification decision. [...]

http://euobserver.com/22/115154

[Wyborcza.Pl] Debata ws. ACTA: Premier kontra internauci

Peur de la démocratie ? Monsieur, vous avez peur d'un référendum ! - Débat sur l'ACTA

Le premier ministre a dit que le gouvernement polonais ne retirerait pas sa signature, à la suite de la demande d'un groupe. […] Selon lui, l'ACTA vise à défendre le monde de la culture occidentale contre le piratage.

[Di.Pl] ACTA: Najpierw prawda, potem debata - postulują organizacje społeczne

Tout d'abord, la vérité sur l'ACTA - puis un débat

[Bbc.Co.Uk] BBC News - Acta: Europe braced for protests over anti-piracy treaty

Further protests in opposition to controversial anti-piracy measures have taken place, with another 100 expected to happen in Europe this week. […]

A petition calling for the rejection of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (Acta) has attracted over 1.75 million signatures. […]

Offline action
What is Acta?
Signed 'in secret'

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-16906086

[V3.co] Opposition to ACTA mounts as Poland reconsiders

Doubts are growing that the controversial Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) will be passed in Europe as Poland wants to reconsider the agreement. [...]

Jérémie Zimmermann, co-founder of French digital rights group La Quadrature du Net, has argued "the European Commission is trying to bypass democracy to impose "repressive measures".

[Techdirt] Romanian Prime Minister Admits He Has No Idea Why Romania Signed ACTA

With Poland putting ACTA ratification on hold, and Slovenia apparently regretting its signature, now we've got Romania's Prime Minister, Emil Boc, admitting that he doesn't understand why the country signed ACTA. [...]

It really is quite amazing that the folks in the entertainment industry, who thought they could ram this through are now discovering how much they've awakened internet users across the globe ever since they shot for the moon with SOPA. [...]

[Niezalezna.Pl] Debata o ACTA tylko dla wybranych

Le débat est pour les personnes sélectionnées

Dans la salle historique de BHP de Gdansk, où avait lieu le 04/02/2012 le
premier débat public sur l'ACTA avec les représentants gouvernementaux, des
représentants de l'Union Nationale des Associations de victimes de l'oppression sous la loi martiale n'ont pas été autorisés. Parmi eux se trouvait
Gołąb Boguslaw, […]