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[ComputerWeekly.com] Acta text finalised as civil liberties body accuses piracy act of threat to freedom
Negotiators have finalised the text of the controversial multilateral Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (Acta), which aims to stop international trade estimated at billions of pounds a year in counterfeit and pirated copyright works in physical and digital forms.
La Quadrature du Net, a digital civil liberties body, said in a statement that by putting legal and monetary pressure on internet service providers (in a more subtle way than in previous versions of the text), Acta would give the music and movie industries "a weapon to force them to police their networks and users themselves".
Negotiators have published a finished text of the controversial treaty, after ironing out final details
The MEPs’ stance echoes that of La Quadrature du Net, an activist group critical of ACTA, which has criticised negotiators for giving the impression that the European Parliament’s approval will amount to a rubber-stamp.
“Citizens and their elected representatives are put before a ‘fait accompli’,” stated La Quadrature du Net spokesman Jérémie Zimmermann in October. “Ratification of ACTA must be opposed by all means.”
The text of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) has been finalised after all negotiating nations reached a consensus on the last remaining issues during discussions in Tokyo.
La Quadrature Du Net, a highly vocal opponent of ACTA, recently called for the relevant organisations within governments debating the treaty to oppose its ratification.
"ACTA's bias and lack of legitimacy should compel the legislative bodies of the negotiating countries to strongly oppose its ratification, and acknowledge the necessity to reform patent and copyright law."
Das Acta-Abkommen betrifft Käsesorten ebenso wie die Frage, was man im Netz darf. Der Bürgerrechtler Jérémie Zimmermann kritisiert die Ergebnisse der Geheimniskrämerei der Unterhändler.
[...] Die Maßnahmen, die dagegen ergriffen werden sollen, sind übertrieben. Und könnten, wenn man damit Internetnutzer attackiert, riesige Auswirkungen auf die Meinungsfreiheit haben - und auch auf die Privatsphäre der Nutzer.
[...] Wenn wir das einmal akzeptieren, bei einem so wichtigen Thema wie Zugang zum Internet, das eng mit freier Meinungsäußerung, Datenschutz und dem Recht auf faire Prozesse zusammenhängt, dann öffnen wir generell die Tür für solch ein undemokratisches Vorgehen.
During a speech in Brussels, Neelie Kroes [...] said that the European Union’s executive arm had opted to take a wait-and-see approach on the so-called network neutrality issue [...]
Regulators have the option of setting minimum levels of broadband service to prevent operators from downgrading basic services to encourage the sale of costlier packages.
Should operators and regulators ultimately fail to cooperate, Ms. Kroes said she was prepared to pursue legal remedies that might allow consumers to quickly switch operators should one block or downgrade broadband service.[...]
A Brussels summit and a three-month consultation of internet service providers, telecoms firms, consumer groups and civil liberties activists on the topic of ‘net neutrality' carried out by the European Commission, whose results were published this week, reveal wide divisions amongst stakeholders in the sector over how to maintain an open internet.
The topic is highly controversial, as was revealed by the result of the commission's consultation. A number of respondents said that 'traffic management' is inevitable and desirable in order to support efficient networks.
Railing against such thinking, Jeremie Zimmerman of La Quadrature du Net, an online civil liberties outfit, told the summit: "Net neutrality must be made into law. Provisions aiming at competition and transparency have proven ineffective to protect it. This fundamental principle must by guaranteed through EU-wide regulation."
The global debate over how access to the Internet should be determined and paid for has attracted free speech advocates, telephone network operators and big online businesses like Google and Facebook.
Important signals about the Continent’s approach may come Thursday from Neelie Kroes, the European commissioner for telecommunications, who is scheduled to speak at the meeting and must report to the Parliament on the status of net neutrality by the end of the year.
So far, only the French regulator, Arcep, has released a set of 10 principles it believes should guide operators’ behavior.[...]
Sceptics have begun to express alternative views on the initially positively received latest version of the ACTA (Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement) text.
Shera and French internet lobby La Quadarature du Net both point with concern to a paragraph in the current ACTA text , obliging signatories to provide enforcement measures with respect to at least copyright and trademarks “including the unlawful use of means of widespread distribution for infringing purposes” .
La Quadrature du Net also expresses fears a special-purpose committee established to consider “development” and amendments to ACTA might short-circuit more recognised international bodies.
Within the last few weeks, Hadopi, the new French government agency charged with combating online piracy, has begun sending out thousands of warning e-mails on a daily basis to illegal file sharers around the country.
[...] Internet freedom groups say the legislation is a dangerous step towards online censorship, and that trying to stop people sharing is hopeless task. [...]
[...] Jérémie Zimmermann, co-founder of La Quadrature du Net, another French Internet advocacy group, believes the problem requires an economic rather than a legal solution.
Twenty autumns ago, Tim Berners-Lee, a British computer scientist, came up with a catchy name for a revolutionary project that aimed to open the Internet to the masses. “The World Wide Web,” he called it, and the image proved to be so evocative that, for many people, the Web has become synonymous with the Internet.
So as other kinds of Internet traffic have started to grow more rapidly than Web use, some open-Internet campaigners see a threat to the Web and, more generally, the Internet as we know it.[...]
For Internet users in countries like China or Iran, the idea that there are limits to online freedom is nothing new. There, governments routinely block access to Web sites that feature dissenting political views.
For advocates of openness, the nightmare outlook is one in which telecommunications companies, allied with other corporate partners, seize control of the Internet and run it in a way that maximizes profits, rather than openness. [...]
“The Internet has become a truly global space where everyone, almost everywhere, has access to the same information,” said Jérémie Zimmermann, co-founder of La Quadrature du Net, a group based in Paris that campaigns against restrictions on Internet use. “I think this is one of the most precious things we have ever built as a civilization, and this is what is at stake now.”