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[Maltastar] ACTA protest mirrors people's feelings - Mugliett

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. [...]

http://maltastar.com/dart/20120214-acta-protest-mirrors-people-feelings-...

[Español][ElMundo] Aumenta la movilización global contra el polémico tratado 'antipiratería' ACTA

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).

http://www.elmundo.es/elmundo/2012/02/10/navegante/1328865227.html?cid=G...

[HindustanTimes] Protests erupt 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) [...]

"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. […]

http://www.hindustantimes.com/technology/Technology-TechEvents/Protests-...

[BBC] Acta: European Parliament's Schulz criticises treaty

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." […]

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-17012832

[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...

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