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[SloveniaTimes] Government Leaning Towards Freezing ACTA

The government is leaning towards freezing the controversial Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), Minister for Education, Science, Culture and Sport Žiga Turk told the press coming out of a government session. "We do not see a practical need for Slovenia to ratify it in this very moment," Turk told the press. [...]

The Economic Development Ministry said Žerjav would speak about ACTA at Friday's public presentation of opinions, which has been organised by the parliamentary EU Affairs Committee. [...]

The debate will coincide with the second protest against ACTA (the first one was held two weeks ago), organised by online activists. [...]

[] Freiwillige Freizeit-Feuerwehr

Der Gegenwind bläst der Politik nicht nur im Netz entgegen. Der Protest gegen Acta hat eine breite Massenbewegung auf die Straße gebracht. Acta hat geschafft, was Datenschutz, Vorratsdatenspeicherung und Internetsperren nicht in diesem Umfang geschafft haben: Es demonstrierten zehntausende, wohl an die 100.000 Menschen in dutzenden deutschen Städten - und das bei eisigem Winterwetter. [...]

Ob Medikamente, Internet oder klassische Wissensträger: Love organisierte zusammen mit anderen den ersten Widerstand. Dass man das Abkommen jemals zu Fall bringen könnte, hatte damals keiner erwartet - mit Ausnahme des immer optimistischen französischen Netzaktivisten-Popstars Jérémie Zimmermann von La Quadrature du Net, der mit seinem Wuschellockenkopf Parlamente und Öffentlichkeit mit Argumenten gegen Acta befütterte und dessen Organisation viele der populär gewordenen Anti-Acta-Videos produzierte. [...]

Nun steht die digitale Zivilgesellschaft vor einem Dilemma: Kann sie diesem losen und spontanen Charakter treu bleiben? (...) Die bisherigen Strukturen sind viel zu schwach, um die Bewegung von einer reagierenden zu einer agierenden Kraft der Politik zu machen und die Bewegung in die Lage zu versetzen, dauerhaft und aktiv in das politische Geschehen einzugreifen. [...]

Dass es auch anders geht, hat der Umweltaktivismus gezeigt: Greenpeace, BUND oder Nabu haben feste Strukturen geschaffen, um ihn zu organisieren. [...]!87923/

[WarsawBusinessJournal] Polish government asks European Parliament not to sign ACTA

PM Tusk has admitted he was wrong to support the treaty

On Friday, Prime Minister Donald Tusk completed the about-face his government had started on the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA). [...]

“I was wrong. … It would be a sin to maintain a mistaken belief … the agreement does not correspond to the reality of the 21st century. The battle for the right to property should also respect the right to freedom.” [...]

[Español][Publico] La UE exime a las redes sociales de perseguir las descargas ilegales

Las redes sociales no pueden ser también redes policiales. Una sentencia del Tribunal de Justicia de la Unión Europea, publicada ayer, consideró ilegal que grandes webs de internet como Facebook o Twitter instalen sistemas de filtrado para detectar cuáles de sus usuarios utilizan los servicios de la página para intercambiar o difundir material protegido por los derechos de autor. [...]

« Es una sentencia crucial y oportuna, justo cuando iniciativas como ACTA y la revisión de la directiva de derechos de propiedad intelectual pretenden generalizar la censura de internet privada y automática para proteger un modelo de copyright caducado », señaló en un comunicado La Quadrature du Net, una de las asociaciones europeas de derechos de los internautas más activas.

[BusinessWeek] AT&T Must Let Beastie Boy Vote on Net Neutrality, SEC Says

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has told AT&T Inc. and other telecommunications companies they must include a resolution supporting wireless net-neutrality in annual shareholder votes. [...]

The shareholder resolution would recommend each company “publicly commit to operate its wireless broadband network consistent with network neutrality principles,” the letter said. The companies should not discriminate based on the “source, ownership or destination” of data sent over their wireless infrastructure. [...]

“Net neutrality is the free speech issue of our time and today’s decision by the SEC was a big win in the fight to maintain a free and open Internet,” Senator Al Franken, a Minnesota Democrat, said in a statement. Franken had co-written a Jan. 31 letter to SEC Chairman Mary Schapiro with four other senators, urging the commission to deny the companies’ exclusion requests. [...]

[] ECJ rules hosting sites cannot be made to filter content in another blow to ACTA

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled on Thursday that forcing hosting services to monitor and filter online content is a violation of European law, dealing another blow to the controversial Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA). [...]

The decision is of large significance after recent attempts by the entertainment and music industries to force hosting services to screen all users' communications in order to block potentially copyright-infringing content. [...]

"The decision will definitely have an impact on any attempts by the entertainment industry to go to court to impose mechanisms on internet intermediaries," said Jeremie Zimmermann, a spokesman for the French advocacy group, La Quadrature du Net (LQDN), in an interview with V3.

"The ECJ ruling proves what we having been saying for so long that private and censorship schemes are against internet users' fundamental rights."

Zimmermann said the ruling could affect the success of the ACTA, an international treaty aimed to protect the rights of copyright holders against the threat of internet piracy.

[Repubblica] L'Unesco non invita Wikileaks al convegno sui media dopo i cablo

A Parigi si tiene un appuntamento su come è cambiato il mondo dei media dopo l'avvento del sito di informazioni riservate che ha diffuso i dispacci americani lo scorso anno e lo scandalo di News of The World. Assange e i suoi protestano. Gli organizzatori rivendicano il diritto di "invitare chi gli pare"

L'Unesco non invita Wikileaks al convegno sui media dopo i cablo Julian Assange
WIKILEAKS è stata bandita dalla Conferenza su Wikileaks. Proprio così. L'Unesco, che ha organizzato per oggi e domani nella sua sede di Parigi il convegno "The Media World after WikiLeaks and News of the World 1", non ha accettato la richiesta dei rappresentanti di Wikileaks di partecipare all'incontro. L'iniziativa, cui sono stati invitati 37 relatori - fra cui i rappresentanti delle testate che hanno collaborato col sito di informazioni riservate per diffondere i cablogrammi USA oggetto dello scandalo dell'anno scorso -, ha infatti l'obiettivo di riunire esponenti del mondo dei media, giornalisti professionisti e occasionali, avvocati e esperti, per parlare di giornalismo tradizionale e giornalismo partecipativo nell'era digitale. In particolare di etica del giornalismo, libertà d'espressione e Internet. [...]

[TheInquerer] ACTA loses the support of more countries

ACTA, the treaty that will let the entertainment industries dictate the legislative and punitive environment for dealing with so-called 'piracy', is losing support as it gets closer to ratification. Several countries have already backed away from approving it, and now they have been joined by Bulgaria and the Netherlands. [...]

[IBTimes] EU Court: Social Networks Can't Be Piracy Brakes

Online social networks cannot be forced to block users from downloading songs illegally, as this would push up their costs and infringe privacy, Europe's highest court said on Thursday, adding to a worldwide debate on internet policing. [...]

"The owner of an online social network cannot be obliged to install a general filtering system, covering all its users, in order to prevent the unlawful use of musical and audio-visual work," the ECJ said in a statement. [...]

Judges also said forcing companies to install a filter to identify, analyze and process users' personal information might infringe their privacy and could result in the blocking of lawful content. [...]

[Guardian] Acta loses more support in Europe

Support for Acta in Europe is waning as both Bulgaria and the Netherlands refuse to ratify the international anti-piracy agreement.

Bulgaria will not ratify the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement over fears it will curb freedom to download movies and music for free and encourage internet surveillance, economy minister Traicho Traikov said on Tuesday.

More than 4,000 people marched in the capital Sofia last Saturday calling on parliament not to ratify the act. Similar rallies drew thousands of protesters across eastern Europe, as well as in Germany, France and Ireland. [...]

Meanwhile, the Dutch Lower House has backed a motion from the Green Left party which says the Netherlands should, for the time being, refrain from signing Acta, according to a report at Radio Netherlands Worldwide.[...]

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