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[BoingBoing] EU official who resigned over ACTA explains how the treaty will result in invasive border searches of personal devices, privacy-invading dissemination of public's personal information
Kader Arif is the former EU official who served as rapporteur on ACTA (the secretive copyright treaty pushed by the US Trade Rep) on Europe's behalf. He made headlines when he handed in his report on ACTA and his resignation, which damned ACTA as an undemocratic, overly broad and ill-conceived trainwreck. In this WSJ interview, Arif goes into detail on the problems that made ACTA utterly irredeemable, and Mike Masnick despairs at how Arif's successor in the EU is seemingly unwilling to stand up for the democratic principles that ACTA tramples. [...]
Is the tide starting to turn on the European Union’s controversial Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement? First Germany said that they were going to back off ratifying ACTA, following the position taken by Poland earlier. Now Bulgaria is doing the same thing, and won’t be taking any steps toward ratifying the treaty any time soon. [...]
Like Germany, Bulgaria is waiting for a clearer stance from the EU, but Economy and Energy Minister Traicho Traikov also had some interesting things to say on the very premise of what some have argued is an overly harsh application of copyright laws.
“I’m a pessimist when it comes to regulating an industry, which hasn’t adapted to the digital age, through sanctions rather than market means,” he told reporters in Sofia today, according to Bloomberg. “Authors’ copyrights should not be placed above human rights.” [...]
Last weekend saw tens of thousands of people across Europe taking to the streets in protest against the international treaty to enforce intellectual property rights. European politicians are gradually distancing themselves from the treaty, largely as a result of citizen mobilisation initiated in Central Europe. [...]
According to La Quadrature du Net , an advocacy group defending the rights and freedoms of citizens on the Internet, "ACTA would impose new criminal sanctions forcing Internet actors to monitor and censor online communication. It is thus a major threat to freedom of expression online and creates legal uncertainty for Internet companies. In the name of trademarks and patents, it would also hamper access to generic drugs in poor countries." [...]
Activists from La Quadrature du Net are advising people how to contact their representatives in the various EP committees which have a say over the final vote. Meanwhile, several groups are collecting signatures in opposition to ACTA to submit to the EP, with petition site Avaaz having gathered over 2,250,000 endorsements so far.[...]
Last weekend saw tens of thousands of people across Europe taking to the streets in protest against the international treaty to enforce intellectual property rights. European politicians are gradually distancing themselves from the treaty, largely as a result of citizen mobilisation initiated in Central Europe.[...]
According to La Quadrature du Net, an advocacy group defending the rights and freedoms of citizens on the Internet, “ACTA would impose new criminal sanctions forcing Internet actors to monitor and censor online communication. It is thus a major threat to freedom of expression online and creates legal uncertainty for Internet companies. In the name of trademarks and patents, it would also hamper access to generic drugs in poor countries.”[...]
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. [...]
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.
En la Red, más de dos millones de firmas contra ACTA han sido recogidas en Avaaz, una comunidad de movilizaciones 'online', mientras que se han organizando manifestaciones de protestas en cientos de ciudades por todo el mundo, principalmente en Europa.[...]
Firmado recientemente por prácticamente todos los países europeos, incluido España, el tratado [...] prevé una protección transfronteriza de patentes y 'copyright' que podría poner en peligro la libertad de expresión en Internet mediante medidas de censura extrajudiciales, tal y como critican importantes organizaciones de defensa de los derechos en la Red como EFF o La Quadrature du Net. [...]
Otros países, como Polonia o la República Checa, ya se han echado atrás después de firmar el tratado y han suspendido el proceso de ratificación del mismo, al menos hasta analizar el impacto del documento. También Alemania esperará una decisión de la Eurocámara, informa Alt1040).
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) [...]
"It's not acceptable to sacrifice the rights of freedom for copyrights," Thomas Pfeiffer, a leader of the Greens party in Munich where 16,000 people protested against ACTA, was quoted telling Focus magazine's online edition on Saturday. [...]
The protesters are concerned that free downloading of movies and music might lead to prison sentences if the ACTA was ratified by parliaments. They also fear that exchanging material on the Internet may become a crime and say the accord will allow for massive online 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 Quadrature du Net. […]
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." […]
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. [...]
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. [...]