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[GlobalEdmonton] EU, facing opposition, suspends ratification of copyright treaty, refers to Court of Justice

The European Commission, facing opposition in city streets, on the Internet and in the halls of parliament, has suspended efforts to ratify a new international anti-counterfeiting agreement, and instead will refer it to Europe's highest court to see whether it violates any fundamental EU rights. [...]

[...] Opponents fear ACTA would lead to censorship and a loss of privacy on the Internet. And the plan to gain court approval of the agreement has left at least some of them unimpressed.

[Msnbc.com] EU suspends copyright treaty ratification

The European Commission, facing opposition in city streets, on the Internet and in the halls of parliament, has suspended efforts to ratify a new international anti-counterfeiting agreement, and instead will refer it to Europe's highest court to see whether it violates any fundamental EU rights. [...]

[...] Opponents fear ACTA would lead to censorship and a loss of privacy on the Internet. And the plan to gain court approval of the agreement has left at least some of them unimpressed.

[HuffingtonPost] ACTA Copyright Treaty In Doubt As EU Suspends Ratification

The European Commission, facing opposition in city streets, on the Internet and in the halls of parliament, has suspended efforts to ratify a new international anti-counterfeiting agreement, and instead will refer it to Europe's highest court to see whether it violates any fundamental EU rights. [...]

[...] Opponents fear ACTA would lead to censorship and a loss of privacy on the Internet. And the plan to gain court approval of the agreement has left at least some of them unimpressed.

[GlobalPost] European Union sends ACTA to Europe's highest court for a decision

The European Union is sending the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, known as ACTA, to Europe's highest court for a decision, the Associated Press reported. [...]

"We are planning to ask Europe's highest court to assess ACTA's compatibility with the EU's fundamental rights and freedoms, such as freedom of expression and information or that of protection," De Gucht told reporters at a press conference, Reuters reported. [...]

[TechDirt] European Commission Suggests ACTA's Opponents Don't Have 'Democratic Intentions'

Netzpolitik.org points us to leaked internal minutes of a meeting of the European Commission the day before the massive Europe-wide demonstrations against ACTA. They reveal the EU's top politicians taken aback by the scale of the planned demonstrations, but dismissing them with almost the same words as the IFPI (German original) [...]

http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20120220/14330317822/european-commissio...

[TheGuardian] Acta approval stalled by European commission

Approval of the controversial international anti-counterfeiting treaty Acta has been stalled by the European commission, which is to ask Europe's highest court whether implementing it would violate any fundamental EU rights.

[IBTimes] UK's Cyber Snoop Reforms Opens Door to MI5 and MI6


While the world's eyes remain squarely fixed on Acta, cyber reforms in Britain have already begun to grant authorities the power to monitor citizens' online activities. [...]

Though not on the same level as the anti-Acta protests sweeping Europe, privacy groups have already expressed concerns over CCDP measures. A common fear is that the measures will force mobile, landline telecoms companies and ISPs to compromise the privacy of users because of law enforcement agency demands.

[Washingtonpost] EU, facing opposition, suspends ratification of copyright treaty, refers to Court of Justice

The European Commission, facing opposition in city streets, on the Internet and in the halls of parliament, has suspended efforts to ratify a new international anti-counterfeiting agreement, and instead will refer it to Europe’s highest court to see whether it violates any fundamental EU rights. [...]

[KhaleejTimes] EU suspends copyright treaty ratification

The European Commission, facing opposition in city streets, on the Internet and in the halls of parliament, has suspended efforts to ratify a new international anti-counterfeiting agreement, and instead will refer it to Europe’s highest court to see whether it violates any fundamental EU rights. [...]

[...] Opponents fear ACTA would lead to censorship and a loss of privacy on the Internet. And the plan to gain court approval of the agreement has left at least some of them unimpressed.

[TheTandD] EU suspends copyright treaty ratification

The European Commission, facing opposition in city streets, on the Internet and in the halls of parliament, has suspended efforts to ratify a new international anti-counterfeiting agreement, and instead will refer it to Europe's highest court to see whether it violates any fundamental EU rights.[...]

"ACTA will not censor websites or shut them down; ACTA will not hinder freedom of the internet or freedom of speech," De Gucht said.

[ChicagoTribune] EU seeks legal opinion on global copyright

The European Union's executive said on Wednesday it would refer a disputed global agreement to tackle online piracy to the bloc's highest court to check whether it complies with EU fundamental rights. [...]

"We are planning to ask Europe's highest court to assess ACTA's compatibility with the EU's fundamental rights and freedoms, such as freedom of expression and information or that of protection," he told a regular news briefing. [...]

http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/sns-rt-us-eu-copyrighttre81l0pm-2...

[TheNews.pl] PM Tusk says ACTA suspension “not caused by external pressure”

Prime Minister Tusk announced Tuesday that the government’s U-turn on the ratification of ACTA was not the result of public pressure or demonstrations in the matter.

[...] Prime Minister Tusk underlined on Tuesday that the change in his stance “is not the effect of any pressure on the government,” but merely “an effort to further analyse the supposed consequences ACTA would have in Poland it were ratified.”

[...] A possible new law on consumer protection may provide back-door access to the invigilation of Polish Internet users.

[Emg.Rs] Croatian government not considering acceding to ACTA

The Croatian government does not have an official position on the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) at the moment and is not considering acceding to this international agreement, nor has anyone asked it to do so, Stribor Kikerec of the Foreign and European Affairs Ministry said at a round-table discussion in Zagreb on Monday. [...]

http://www.emg.rs/en/news/region/175055.html

[TheInquerer] European Parliament will discuss ACTA in public

[...] The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) will be discussed in public by the European Union (EU) Parliament next month.

The recurring issue with the ACTA treaty is the fact that no parties other than rights holders that seemingly will gain the most from it were involved in its negotiation or knew anything about it until after it was signed.

Several EU countries have distanced themselves from ACTA, while others have refused to sign it, and the European MP responsible for guiding its negotiation resigned over it.[...]

[3news.co.nz] Polish protesters fight for internet freedoms

Eastern Europe's tradition of political revolt has met the digital age. This time it's not communists or food shortages fuelling fury, but an international copyright treaty that opponents say threatens freedom on the internet. [...]

« Most of the people who have gone to the streets are young and don't remember communism themselves, but Polish society as an entity remembers, » said Jaroslaw Lipszyc, the president of the Modern Poland Foundation, an organization devoted to education and developing an information society.