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[CroatianTimes] Croatians to protest against ACTA on Saturday

Protests against the controversial anti-piracy laws have been announced for Saturday in the Croatian cities of Zagreb, Rijeka and Osijek.

The protest against the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) will be held simultaneously in the three cities starting at 3pm. […]

http://www.croatiantimes.com/news/General_News/2012-02-08/24967/Croatian...

MEP David Martin becomes ACTA rapporteur

THE DRACONIAN Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) has another European Parliament rapporteur, after the last one resigned in protest.

Minister of the European Parliament (MEP) David Martin has taken over the job vacated by Kader Arif, the MEP that quit the position because ACTA was written in secrecy and rushed to signing.

"I want to denounce in the strongest possible manner the entire process that led to the signature of this agreement," Arif wrote when he resigned. […]

The new rapporteur might not agree however, at least according to internet rights group Laquadrature du Net, which said that he has a track record of serving corporate interests and will have to work hard to convince treaty opponents that he understands the ramifications of ratifying the agreement.

"David Martin will have to prove that he understands ACTA is an irrecoverable circumvention of democracy, a text whose need was never demonstrated in any way, and which creates grave dangers for online freedoms for the sole benefit of a few special interest groups," said the group's co-founder Philippe Aigrain.

"Even more, he must show that this understanding does not fall short of the courage to recommend and obtain the rejection of this infamous agreement." […]

http://www.theinquirer.net/inquirer/news/2144717/mep-david-martin-acta-r...

[Wyborcza.Pl] Bez nas sprawa ad ACTA

Sans nous, l'accord n'est pas valide

Si la Pologne ne ratifie pas l'accord, l'ACTA n'a aucune chance de devenir un accord de l'Union européenne. Oui, il pourra prendre effet, s'il est ratifié par un nombre suffisant de signataires hors de l'UE, mais il n'aura pas d'effet contraignant sur l'UE, et y compris la Pologne […]

Without us, the agreement is not valid

If Poland does not ratify the agreement, ACTA has no chance of becoming a European Union agreement. Yes, it can take effect, if it's ratified by a sufficient number of signatories from outside the EU, but it will have no binding effect on the EU, including Poland [...]

http://wyborcza.pl/1,75248,11105889,Bez_nas_sprawa_ad_ACTA.html

[Di.Pl] Tylko 1% popiera rząd ws. ACTA

Seulement 1% des électeurs soutient le gouvernement sur l'ACTA

94% des répondants pensent que le gouvernement polonais ne devrait pas avoir à signer un accord ACTA — selon les résultats préliminaires de l'examen par l'Institut Polonais-Japonais de Technologies de l'Information.
Les personnes intérogées ont également répondu aux questions sur la distribution gratuite de contenus protégés par le droit d'auteur, activités qui sont selon eux le plus favorable aux créateurs et devrait inspirer la loi polonaise.
L'enquête est menée en ligne à l'adresse: www.pjwstk.edu.pl/badanie_acta . Elle a été préparée par les professeurs et les étudiants de sciences sociales PJIIT. À ce jour, l'étude a porté sur plus de 500 personnes. […]

Only 1% of voters backed the government about ACTA

94% of respondents believe that the Polish government should not have to sign an agreement like ACTA - as per the preliminary results of the examination by the Polish-Japanese Institute of Information Technology.
Respondents also answered questions about the free distribution of copyrighted content, activities that are most favorable for the creators and should inspire the shape of the Polish law.
The survey is conducted online at: www.pjwstk.edu.pl/badanie_acta. It was prepared by professors and students of social sciences PJIIT. To date, the study included over 500 people. [...]

http://di.com.pl/news/43365,0,Tylko_1_popiera_rzad_ws_ACTA.html

[EuObserver] Czech Republic stops ratification of anti-counterfeit treaty

The Czech Republic has stopped ratification of the controversial anti-counterfeiting trade agreement (Acta), becoming the second EU country to do so after Poland. [...]

"We cannot accept under any circumstances, that civil liberties and free access to information are threatened in any way," Prime Minister Petr Necas said on Monday (6 February) on the ratification decision. [...]

http://euobserver.com/22/115154

[Wyborcza.Pl] Debata ws. ACTA: Premier kontra internauci

Peur de la démocratie ? Monsieur, vous avez peur d'un référendum ! - Débat sur l'ACTA

Le premier ministre a dit que le gouvernement polonais ne retirerait pas sa signature, à la suite de la demande d'un groupe. […] Selon lui, l'ACTA vise à défendre le monde de la culture occidentale contre le piratage.
Concernant la demande de le référendum, il a annoncé qu'il ne souhaitait pas tourner la question en « Souhaitez-vous Monsieur / Madame la ratification par la Pologne de l'ACTA? » mais plutôt « Êtes-vous pour la poursuite des crimes d'Internet ? » et il va gagner ce référendum. Il a également dit que nous devenions fou dans notre pays, et qu'aucun autre pays n'était agité de telles protestations !
Le débat sur le bureau du Premier ministre a pris plus de 9 heures.

Afraid of democracy ? Sir, you are afraid of a referendum ! - Debate on ACTA

The Prime Minister said that the Polish government would not withdraw its signature, following the request of a group. [...] He said ACTA aims to defend the world of western culture from piracy.
Regarding the application of a referendum, he announced that he would not turn the question into “Are you Sir / Madam for ratification by Poland of ACTA?” But rather as “Are you for the prosecution of Internet crimes?” And he said he will win this referendum. He also said we were becoming mad in our country, and that no other country was agitated with such protests!
The debate in the Prime Minister's Office took over 9 hours.

http://wyborcza.pl/1,107448,11095488,Debata_ws__ACTA__Premier_kontra_int...

[Di.Pl] ACTA: Najpierw prawda, potem debata - postulują organizacje społeczne

Tout d'abord, la vérité sur l'ACTA - puis un débat

Un "débat civique sur les droits et libertés sur l'Internet", organisé par le Premier ministre, ne répond pas aux attentes des organismes communautaires sur cette question prépondérante. Dans une déclaration faite aujourd'hui on constate que le Congrès de l'Internet libre a été improvisé comme suit: « À la lumière de la controverse qui a surgi autour du thème de l'ACTA, nous pensons que la condition nécessaire pour mener ce débat d'une manière équitable, c'est sa transparence complète et son ouverture". Ces deux facteurs dans les actions du gouvernement sont toujours portés disparus. Les organisations qui travaillent pour la liberté sur Internet s'attendent à répondre aux exigences suivantes:
1. D'abord la vérité, puis le débat
2. Des actions, non des déclarations
3. Consultation sur l'Internet, et non dans le bureau

http://di.com.pl/news/43321,0,ACTA_Najpierw_prawda_potem_debata_-_postul...

[Bbc.Co.Uk] BBC News - Acta: Europe braced for protests over anti-piracy treaty

Further protests in opposition to controversial anti-piracy measures have taken place, with another 100 expected to happen in Europe this week. […]

A petition calling for the rejection of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (Acta) has attracted over 1.75 million signatures. […]

Offline action
What is Acta?
Signed 'in secret'

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-16906086

[V3.co] Opposition to ACTA mounts as Poland reconsiders

Doubts are growing that the controversial Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) will be passed in Europe as Poland wants to reconsider the agreement. [...]

Jérémie Zimmermann, co-founder of French digital rights group La Quadrature du Net, has argued "the European Commission is trying to bypass democracy to impose "repressive measures".

"The truth is that the Commission is trying to impose the [entertainment] industry's agenda to enforce outdated copyright, patent and trademark policies through tough criminal sanctions and extra-judicial measures," he said.

http://www.v3.co.uk/v3-uk/news/2144095/opposition-acta-mounts-poland-rec...

[Techdirt] Romanian Prime Minister Admits He Has No Idea Why Romania Signed ACTA

With Poland putting ACTA ratification on hold, and Slovenia apparently regretting its signature, now we've got Romania's Prime Minister, Emil Boc, admitting that he doesn't understand why the country signed ACTA. [...]

It really is quite amazing that the folks in the entertainment industry, who thought they could ram this through are now discovering how much they've awakened internet users across the globe ever since they shot for the moon with SOPA. [...]

http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20120205/14043517663/romanian-prime-min...

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