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[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. [...]

“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. [...]

http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2012/02/13/2003525339

[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. [...]

"On February 11th, the world will be out in an unprecedented showing of solidarity against ACTA," Access Now writes on its Web site. "Protests are being organized all over the globe to show the European Parliament that they must reject ACTA. Though many countries have signed the treaty already, if the EP rejects ACTA, it will be sent into the dustbin on history !" [...]

http://www.ibtimes.com/articles/297783/20120213/acta-protest-photo-video...

[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. […]

"This movement has been very decentralized from the start. While there have been some coordinated talks and discussions between civil society groups internationally, it is mostly a decentralized grassroots movement that grew up even without any coordinated action." wrote me EFF's Maira Sutton in an email interview, earlier this month.

While there are some more visible Internet freedom organizations engaged in the public debate (such as the French La Quadrature du Net, the European Digital Rights, the Electronic Frontier Foundation), the movement has been spreading information on the treaty and organizing action in many ways, […]

http://techpresident.com/news/21763/momentum-builds-europe-against-contr...

[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. [...]

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/02/13/us-europe-protest-acta-idUSTRE...

[Rnw] Loosen up copyright law, says Dutch government

The YouTube generation has gained an ally in the worldwide "copyright wars". The Dutch government wants to change copyright law so new media users can continue to do "creative remixes" of protected content. The Hague will no longer wait for the European Commission to find a compromise.

"We all love YouTube", says Bernt Hugenholtz of the Dutch state committee on copyright law. [...] "We all agree that it's good for creativity, good for laughs, and no one gets hurt. Copyright holders are not harmed, so it makes a lot of sense to allow this. But in Europe, where we do not have open norms like the fair use doctrine in the United States, we can't do these things without infringing the law." [...]

Hugenholtz, copyright law professor at the University of Amsterdam, discussed his views last Friday with representatives of European governments, the entertainment industry, internet entrepreneurs, legal experts, journalists and librarians. They were gathered in The Hague for "Towards Flexible Copyright", a conference organised by the Dutch government. [...]

http://www.rnw.nl/english/article/loosen-copyright-law-says-dutch-govern...

[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. […]

Opposition to Acta is especially strong in Eastern Europe and spreading rapidly. Protesters have compared it to the Big Brother-style surveillance used by former communist regimes […]

In Paris, […] "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 Quadrature du Net.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2012/feb/13/acta-protests-europe

[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.

There were thousands more - mostly young - demonstrators at other high-spirited rallies despite snow and freezing temperatures in cities including Warsaw, Prague, Slovakia, Bucharest, Vilnius, Paris, Brussels and Dublin. [...]

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. [...]

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/02/11/europe-protest-acta-idUSL5E8DB...

[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. [...]

http://www.dw.de/dw/article/0,,15737541,00.html

[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.

Germany's decision was set in motion by a statement released Wednesday by Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger, the German justice minister, a member of Chancellor Angela Merkel's cabinet and a member of the liberal Free Democratic Party (FDP). In the text and video statement (which has been watched close to 38,000 times), headlined "Engaged Discussion of ACTA is positive," she praises the engaged and public debate around the treaty that is now under way. She emphasizes that it is necessary that all facts about the subject be on the table. The delay is meant to make time for further discussion on the treaty, officials have said.

"The European Parliament must now study ACTA intensively and examine every open question, every point of criticism," she states. "And the European Parliament must decide if it wants or does not want ACTA." [...]

For French Internet activist Jérémie Zimmerman from La Quadrature du Net, the debate has also reached an important milestone.

"The ACTA debate is -finally- turning political," he told techPresident in an email. "Instead of arguing over every single paragraph of the agreement and its interpretation, it's the general principle of an agreement, negotiated in secret by 39 countries, that will have an impact on a Free Internet and our fundamental freedoms that is infuriating citizens," he wrote. "Only such political pressure on the European Parliament can make its Members work towards killing ACTA once and for all. Such a victory in the EP would open the door towards pushing a positive agenda in revisions of copyright laws that could for once take into account the public rights and new cultural practices."

http://techpresident.com/news/21760/acta-opponents-welcome-germanys-deci...

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