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[Afterdawn] Is ACTA a foregone conclusion or will it meet SOPA's fate?

Is ACTA a foregone conclusion or will it meet SOPA's fate? With all the furor over SOPA and PIPA in recent months, the signing of the ACTA trade agreement last October by the US, Japan, and a handful of other countries has largely been ignored. […]

A legal analysis of ACTA […] was produced last year by European Parliament's Legal Service, it was handled just as secretively as the treaty's negotiations. A request from the non-profit Foundation for a Free Information Infrastructure (FFII) requesting the text of that analysis was denied, and FFII's complaint that such secrecy violates EU law ignored.

What has been released is a "fact-sheet" from the European Commission […] expressing support for ACTA. However, a French Internet freedom advocacy group called La Quadrature du Net has published a rebuttal which argues just the opposite. You can find the full text of that document below. […]

[Guardian.Co] Act on Acta now if you care about democracy and free speech

The anti-counterfeiting trade agreement could criminalise internet users globally. But it hasn't been ratified yet …

[...] Some elements would go further than existing laws in most of the countries that sign up. Acta criminalises activities such as breaking the digital locks on rights-protected files, or even distributing tools to help people do so. Stripping the artist information from a music file becomes a crime, as does decrypting content that has been scrambled for copyright protection. Acta also codifies the flawed idea, in calculating damages from so-called piracy, that every unlawful download represents a lost sale.

[...] Those who want to see Acta defeated need to go to their MPs, MEPs and congresspeople and ask them, facts in hand, to vote against its ratification. [...]

[Novinite] Bulgaria: Bulgarian ISPs Rise against ACTA

The ACTA agreement will breach users' rights and change the course of internet evolution, argued a branch union of Bulgarian ISPs Wednesday.

In addition, Bulgarian ISPs argue that the agreement will breach privacy of users and will go as far as reverse the presumption of innocence.

ACTA further will have such actions be subjected to criminal, and not civil proceedings, as has been up to now.

[TechDirt] Slovenian Ambassador Apologizes For Signing ACTA

[...] The Slovenian ambassador to Japan, Helena Drnovsek Zorko has apparently issued a public apology for signing ACTA last week.[...]

[...] now that she understands ACTA, she doesn't like it, and she appears to hope that people will protest ACTA and stop it from getting implemented.[...]

[] Poland 'may not ratify ACTA'

Poland's culture minister has repeated that though the government has signed the ACTA agreement it may not be approved by the Polish parliament. [...]

Speaking on Polish Radio on Tuesday, Minister Bogdan Zdrojewski said that “it's quite simply very difficult to predict which act and which regulation will spark emotions,” referring to the strong protest that the government's signing of the agreement last week in Tokyo has sparked in the country. [...]

While declaring that the government was not seeking to limit the freedom of internet users, he said that the public should understand that “a certain level of responsibility should also apply” where the internet was concerned. [...],Poland-may-not-ratify-ACTA

[] Why I signed ACTA

On Thursday, 26th January, 2012, I signed the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) on behalf of the Republic of Slovenia, following the directive and authorisation of the Slovenian government.[...]

And yet, why did I sign ACTA. Every day there is a barrage of questions in my inbox and on Facebook from mostly kind and somewhat baffled people, who cannot understand how it occurred to me to sign an agreement so damaging to the state and citizens. [...]

I signed ACTA out of civic carelessness, because I did not pay enough attention. Quite simply, I did not clearly connect the agreement I had been instructed to sign with the agreement that, according to my own civic conviction, limits and withholds the freedom of engagement on the largest and most significant network in human history, and thus limits particularly the future of our children.[...]

[ComputerActive] French advocacy group urges EU citizens to fight against ACTA

The French advocacy group La Quadrature du Net today accused the European Commission of "plainly lying" to the European Parliament about the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA).

Jérémie Zimmermann, spokesperson for La Quadrature du Net, said: "By signing ACTA together with EU Member States, the EU Commission dismissed the legitimate concerns of thousands of citizens across Europe who have been protesting against ACTA in the past few days.

The call comes only three days after the resignation of Kader Arif, the rapporteur in charge of ACTA. He said he would no longer take part in "this masquerade".

[Wired] European Commission defends Acta, says it's nothing like Sopa

The European Commission has published a series of statements in support of Acta, highlighting what it claims to be common misconceptions about the treaty. The EC insists that Acta does not restrict freedom of the internet and will not censor or shut down websites. Instead it will target only organised criminals. […]

Despite the Commissions efforts to clear up some of the uncertainty around Acta, online activist group La Quadrature du Net has responded with a post entitled Debunking the EU Commission's Lies About Acta. […]

Jérémie Zimmermann, spokesperson for La Quadrature du Net, says: "The EU Commission is plainly lying to the Members of the European Parliament by presenting ACTA as an acceptable agreement. By signing ACTA together with EU Member States, the EU Commission dismissed the legitimate concerns of thousands of citizens across Europe who have been protesting against ACTA in the past few days. Citizens must contact their elected representatives and remind them what ACTA is all about: circumventing democracy and hurting freedoms to protect the outdated business models of rent-seeking industries." […]

[TechDirt] The SOPA/PIPA Protests Were Not Pro-Piracy... They Were Anti-Crony Capitalism

Larry Lessig has an excellent article over at The Nation, that puts the events of January 18th into perspective. He talks about the Supreme Court's Golan ruling, which rejects the idea that copyright is really limited in any way under the Constitution

But, as he noted, at the very same moment the Supreme Court was granting copyright maximalists and their lobbyists free reign over expanding copyright, something very different was happening out in the free world: it was rejecting those same laws

The (Internet) giant has stopped this craziness—here and now. But the challenge is for the giant to recognize the need to stop this craziness generally. We need a system that is not so easily captured by crony capitalists. [...]

[PressTv] ACTA = Global Internet Censorship - Now even foreign governments will be able to have your website shut down

[...] SOPA and PIPA have been stopped (at least for now) in the United States, but a treaty known as ACTA (the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement) is far worse than either of them. ACTA was quietly signed by Barack Obama [...] But it could mean the end of the Internet as we know it.[...] If you are alleged to have violated a copyright, your website can be shut down without a trial and police may even show up at your door to take you to prison.

The American people need to get educated about this new treaty before it is too late. There is still a chance that we could get the U.S. Congress to take action against this new treaty.

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