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[Deutsche Welle] Germany considers two strike online piracy law

A study proposing a two strikes model against Internet piracy in Germany is being welcomed by the Ministry of Economics. The study arrives as others in Europe hesitate to ratify the controversial ACTA treaty. [...]
The German study looked very closely at the French model of Hadopi, the three strikes law that has been in effect there since late 2010.[...]

Jérémie Zimmerman, of the French digital rights organization La Quadrature du Net, contends that a strike system is repressive, no matter the number of warnings, calling it "a slippery slope towards increased control and censorship of online communications," in an e-mail sent to DW.

"'Two strikes' or 'four strikes' - whatever strikes approach can only be the wrong solution to the wrong problem," Zimmerman said. "The only solution to end this stupid 'war against sharing,' that depletes the resources of the state in an attempt to safeguard obsolete business models, would be to move away from the repressive approach." [...]

http://www.dw.de/dw/article/0,,15761430,00.html

[Español][Publico] Las críticas al tratado ACTA paralizan su entrada en vigor

La movilización en redes sociales e internet contra el tratado global antipiratería dio ayer sus frutos. La Comisión Europea, que negoció junto a los países de la UE el texto, decidió pedir al Tribunal de Justicia comunitario un estudio sobre su legalidad. [...]

Para La Quadrature du Net, una de las asociaciones más activas, el gesto de De Gucht es una maniobra de distracción que busca aprobar el texto cuando amainen las críticas. "La Comisión siempre ha rechazado llevar a cabo un análisis de impacto en las libertades fundamentales, pero ahora está aterrorizada por las críticas ciudadanas y ha decidido ganar tiempo", señaló la organización en un comunicado.[...]

La Comisión insiste en que ACTA no cambiará ninguna ley en vigor cuando sea ratificado. [...] "Si redacción vaga puede ser interpretada de muchas maneras represivas", aseguró Jeremie Zimermann, portavoz de La Quadrature. Según las asociaciones, [...] ACTA es perjudicial no por lo que impone, sino por las políticas que inspirará en los próximos años. [...]

Fuentes de la Comisión reconocen que "de someterse pronto a votación, el texto tendría dificultades en salir adelante". [...]

http://www.publico.es/culturas/423478/las-criticas-al-tratado-acta-paral...

[BBC.co.uk] Acta: EU court to rule on anti-piracy agreement

The European Union's highest court has been asked to rule on the legality of a controversial anti-piracy agreement.

The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (Acta) has been criticised by rights campaigners who argue it could stifle free expression on the internet.

EU trade head Karel De Gucht said the court will be asked to clarify whether the treaty complied with "the EU's fundamental rights and freedoms". [...]

Viviane Reding, the commissioner for justice, fundamental rights and citizenship, took to Twitter to outline her worries on the treaty.
"For me, blocking the Internet is never an option," she wrote in a statement.
"We need to find new, more modern and more effective ways in Europe to protect artistic creations that take account of technological developments and the freedoms of the internet." [...]

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-17125469

[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.

"No legal debate can fix ACTA or give it a legitimacy that by design it cannot have," said Jeremie Zimmermann, co-founder of the Internet advocacy group La Quadrature du Net.

http://www.globaltvedmonton.com/world/eu+facing+opposition+suspends+rati...

[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.

"No legal debate can fix ACTA or give it a legitimacy that by design it cannot have," said Jeremie Zimmermann, co-founder of the Internet advocacy group La Quadrature du Net.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/46479956/ns/world_news-europe/#.T0VLVB3SV6g

[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.

"No legal debate can fix ACTA or give it a legitimacy that by design it cannot have," said Jeremie Zimmermann, co-founder of the Internet advocacy group La Quadrature du Net.

http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2012/02/22/acta-copyright-treaty-eu-suspend...

[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. [...]

"No legal debate can fix ACTA or give it a legitimacy that by design it cannot have," said Jeremie Zimmermann, co-founder of the Internet advocacy group La Quadrature du Net, according to the Huffington Post.

http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/europe/120222/european-u...

[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.

The decision comes as the treaty faces growing opposition in parliaments, city streets and the internet, with some countries including Germany, the Netherlands and Poland declaring they would not approve the agreement in its current form – a stance that would make it impossible to ratify, because it requires every European country to sign up and approve it. [...]

The decision to refer the treaty to the ECJ appears to reflect recognition by EU officials of the political obstacles Acta faces. Earlier this month protesters marched against the agreement in several European capitals including London, Berlin, Helsinki, Paris and Vienna. Internet lobbyists and health campaigners have rallied against it, saying that overly strict controls of copyright would exclude people from the internet and prevent developing countries from accessing generic medicines. [...]

"No legal debate can fix Acta or give it a legitimacy that by design it cannot have," said Jérémie Zimmermann, co-founder of the internet advocacy group La Quadrature du Net.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2012/feb/22/acta-stalled-european-c...

[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.

According to a report in the Daily Telegraph the CCDP will require the companies to store customers' data for a full year - giving agencies such as GCHQ, MI5 and MI6 access to information such as customers' email addresses, IP addresses and phone numbers. [...]

Urquhart went on to question the policy suggesting that each ISP and telecoms company's databases would attract the attention of cyber criminals. The huge financial cost of maintaining the systems was another primary concern.

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/articles/302891/20120222/acta-ccdp-communicatio...

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