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[EuObserver] Acta on the brink as MEPs prepare for key vote

The future of cThe future of controversial anti-counterfeit treaty Acta remains uncertain as MEPs on the European Parliament’s trade committee weigh up whether to approve or reject the deal.ontroversial anti-counterfeit treaty Acta remains uncertain as MEPs on the European Parliament’s trade committee weigh up whether to approve or reject the deal.[...]

[Ip-Watch] Anti-ACTA Protests Expected In Two Dozen Countries; Parliament Opposition Rises

All seems to come down to the numbers on the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement: how many protesters will turn up at the ACTA Action Day in Europe tomorrow and how many members of the European Parliament (EP) will vote for it in plenary on 3 July. Without the agreement of Parliament, ACTA will fail, at least in Europe, observers say. [...]

[TorrentFreak] Why ACTA Lives Or Dies With The Vote In The European Parliament

The draconian ACTA agreement is coming to a global showdown. In the United States, Congress won’t have a say in its ratification. In many small countries, citizens are rightfully furious. But it is in Strasbourg, in the European Parliament’s session on July 2-5, that ACTA will ultimately live or die. [...]

[ArsTechnica] Reeling ACTA treaty rejected by three European Parliament committees

Momentum against the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement continued to build on Thursday as three different committees of the European Parliament voted not to recommend adoption of the treaty. A final vote by the full European Parliament is scheduled for July.

[TheInquirer] European Parliament committees vote to reject ACTA

The oppressive Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) faced three votes in the European Parliament today, and has lost all three of them.

First up was a vote at the Committee on Legal Affairs (JURI). ACTA was rejected there, despite being a place that Jérémie Zimmermann, co-founder and spokesperson for citizen advocacy group La Quadrature du Net and an ACTA opponent called the "home of the copyright talibans!"

[EuObserver] Brussles to tackle online blocking and throttling

Digital agenda commissioner Neelie Kroes is to draft legislation on 'net neutrality' following data that between 20 and 50 percent of European Internet providers use software to block online access. [...]

[RussiaToday] Dead on arrival? Dutch Parliament kills ACTA before EU vote

Lawmakers in Holland have voted to strike down the international Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), slammed by many as a free speech and information access choker. Dutch MPs have also ruled the government will never sign any such agreement. [...]

"The treaty should be taken off table, whatever the decision the European Parliament should take," said MP Kees Verhoeven, a major sponsor of Tuesday’s motion in the Dutch Parliament. [...]

[TheInquirer] MEPs are voting on ACTA this week

With the European Parliament due to vote on the repressive Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) this week, anyone that opposes it is urged to tell their representative to vote Nay.

Citizens' rights and political groups the UK Pirate Party, the Open Rights Group (ORG) and the French La Quadrature Du Net have said that while much work has been done to show MEPs how much popular opposition there is to the draconian ACTA treaty, there is still time to show more. [...]

[Europarl] Compatibility of ACTA with Fundamental Rights

Statements by NGO representatives and extracts from concluding remarks by Dimitrios DROUTSAS (S&D, EL) rapporteur

Transcript of Jeremie Zimmermann's statement :

[GlobalPost] Porn filters on UK's mobile phones cause censorship, report says

Porn filters on mobile phones are censoring political websites, according to a report by Open Rights Group. The report found that 60 websites with no sexual content were blocked by porn filters. The blocked websites include Biased-BBC, a website challenging the impartiality of BBC News, and La Quadrature du Net, a digital rights group. [...]

[V3] Mobile operators criticised for over-stringent web blocking practices

A major study of the web-blocking tools used by mobile operators has revealed that the filters are erroneously censoring scores of legitimate websites, and run with little transparency. The criticism comes from the Open Rights Group, which has been studying which sites mobile users have had problems accessing. [...]

[BusinessStandard] T S Vishwanath: ACTA as the villain

The plurilateral Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) that has been mired in controversy since its signing in 2010 faces another roadblock with one of its members, the European Union, likely to reject the Agreement. [...]

[Guardian] Acta unlikely to be ratified in Europe, says Kroes

Controversial anti-counterfeiting agreement stalls in face of protests as European commissioner says it is unlikely to pass. [...]

Speaking on Friday, Kroes said that "we are now likely to be in a world without Sopa" – the US's proposed Stop Online Piracy Act – "and Acta." [...]

[TorrentFreak] India Orders Blackout of Vimeo, The Pirate Bay and More

Continuing a recent trend, The Pirate Bay and other large BitTorrent sites are now being blocked by Internet providers in India. Visitors who try to access the sites are redirected to a banner which informs them that the Department of Telecommunications ordered a blackout. Torrent sites are not the only target, as the blockade also censors the video sharing site Vimeo, one of the largest communities of indie filmmakers. [...]