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[TheTandD] 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.[...]

"ACTA will not censor websites or shut them down; ACTA will not hinder freedom of the internet or freedom of speech," De Gucht said.

However, 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.

[Reuters] KT reviewing network fees on Youtube, Internet TVs

South Korea's top Internet provider, KT Corp plans to charge data-heavy content providers such as Google's Youtube and Internet-enabled TV service operators to subsidize costly network upgrades, a KT executive said on Thursday. [...]

"We want to set a rule that we can equally apply to every platform operator that offers data-heavy content as those services threaten to black out our network. They should pay for using our network," Kim Taehwan, vice president of KT's smart network policy task force, told Reuters in an interview. [...]

Such moves could have wider implications for the likes of Apple and Google, which are trying to replicate their enormous success in the smartphone market in the living room by offering services such as high-quality videos, movies, games and social networking via TVs. [...]

[ChicagoTribune] EU seeks legal opinion on global copyright

The European Union's executive said on Wednesday it would refer a disputed global agreement to tackle online piracy to the bloc's highest court to check whether it complies with EU fundamental rights. [...]

"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," he told a regular news briefing. [...]

[] PM Tusk says ACTA suspension “not caused by external pressure”

Prime Minister Tusk announced Tuesday that the government’s U-turn on the ratification of ACTA was not the result of public pressure or demonstrations in the matter.

[...] Prime Minister Tusk underlined on Tuesday that the change in his stance “is not the effect of any pressure on the government,” but merely “an effort to further analyse the supposed consequences ACTA would have in Poland it were ratified.”

[...] A possible new law on consumer protection may provide back-door access to the invigilation of Polish Internet users.,PM-Tusk-says-ACTA-suspension-%E2...

[TechDirt] Be Afraid: Russia And China Seek To Put In Place Top-Down Regulation Of The Internet

For all the talk of SOPA/PIPA/ACTA/TPP, there's another much bigger threat to "the internet as we know it." It's a bunch of countries who are seeking to use the UN's International Telecommunication Union (ITU) to create a top-down regulatory scheme for the internet. This process began a few months back, but FCC Commissioner Robert McDowell has a pretty good summary of the situation in the WSJ, and why those who believe in internet freedom should be afraid. It is worth noting, of course, that things like ICANN and IETF are far from perfect today, but handing many of their functions over to the ITU with the goal of a pretty broad top-down regulatory plan for the internet is not the solution. McDowell highlights a few of the key points in the plan [...]

[WSJ] Robert McDowell: The U.N. Threat to Internet Freedom

Top-down, international regulation is antithetical to the Net, which has flourished under its current governance model.

On Feb. 27, a diplomatic process will begin in Geneva that could result in a new treaty giving the United Nations unprecedented powers over the Internet. Dozens of countries, including Russia and China, are pushing hard to reach this goal by year's end. As Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said last June, his goal and that of his allies is to establish "international control over the Internet" through the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), a treaty-based organization under U.N. auspices. [...]

[Emg.Rs] Croatian government not considering acceding to ACTA

The Croatian government does not have an official position on the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) at the moment and is not considering acceding to this international agreement, nor has anyone asked it to do so, Stribor Kikerec of the Foreign and European Affairs Ministry said at a round-table discussion in Zagreb on Monday. [...]

[TheInquerer] European Parliament will discuss ACTA in public

[...] The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) will be discussed in public by the European Union (EU) Parliament next month.

The recurring issue with the ACTA treaty is the fact that no parties other than rights holders that seemingly will gain the most from it were involved in its negotiation or knew anything about it until after it was signed.

Several EU countries have distanced themselves from ACTA, while others have refused to sign it, and the European MP responsible for guiding its negotiation resigned over it.[...]

[] Polish protesters fight for internet freedoms

Eastern Europe's tradition of political revolt has met the digital age. This time it's not communists or food shortages fuelling fury, but an international copyright treaty that opponents say threatens freedom on the internet. [...]

« Most of the people who have gone to the streets are young and don't remember communism themselves, but Polish society as an entity remembers, » said Jaroslaw Lipszyc, the president of the Modern Poland Foundation, an organization devoted to education and developing an information society.
« In Poland freedom of speech is of special value, and there is a history of fighting for it. » [...]

But opponents say the agreement is worded so vaguely that it is unclear what would be legal and what not. Some people fear they could be prosecuted for, say, mixing home video footage with a Lady Gaga song and putting it on YouTube to share with friends.
« Because it's unclear what is allowed, people will limit their creativity,» said Anna Mazgal, a 32-year-old Polish civil rights activist. « People could censor themselves out of fear because it's so vague. »
Many opponents also fault ACTA for putting commercial values like profit above rights like freedom of expression. [...]

[AFR] Copyright cheats face the music in France

The curtain has risen on the third act of one of the most ambitious French musical productions, one whose goal is to end digital piracy. [...]

But the curtain has not yet come down for the fallen file-sharers. As a presidential election nears, opposition to the law is heating up. [...]

Rivals [...], who championed the measure, say that it infringes on civil liberties. His opponents, building on the momentum from a successful campaign to defeat two US congressional bills aimed at curbing piracy, as well as a swell of protest against an international copyright treaty, want to repeal or revamp the French law. [...]

Jérémie Zimmermann, co-founder of La Quadrature du Net, a group that campaigns against restrictions on the internet, said " the law had resulted in increased use of virtual private network software and other anonymity tools."

Apparently some of its intimidation is having a psychological effect,” he said of the three-strikes law, but added: “The political costs of creating an institution like this are tremendous.

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