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[InfoSecurity] Anti ACTA hacktivists attack Polish government sites

Hactivists have attacked Polish government websites in protest at its intention to sign The Polish protests coincided with calls by advocacy group La Quadrature du Net for opposition to ACTA in the same way that stalled controversial Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and Protect IP Act (PIPA) in the the international Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA)

Opponents of ACTA in Poland say the government has not carried out sufficient public consultation on the issue. But Polish officials say ACTA does not change Polish law or the rights of internet users and internet usage, according to the BBC.

The EU Parliament’s development committee’s first debate on its draft opinion report on ACTA is set to take place this week.

[TVPParlament] KE: ACTA nie ogranicza praw

Obawy aktywistów w sieci są bezpodstawne; kłamstwem jest sugerowanie, że międzynarodowa umowa o przeciwdziałaniu piractwu ACTA ogranicza swobodę w internecie” – napisał w komentarzu rzecznik Komisji Europejskiej ds. handlu John Clancy.

Clancy zaznaczył też, że w ostatnich czterech rundach rozmów międzynarodowych, negocjatorzy spotkali się z organizacjami pozarządowymi informując je o przebiegu rozmów i wysłuchując ich uwag. Clancy wymienił przedstawicieli organizacji Pirate Party, ActUp, Oxfam, MSF, Quadrature du Net oraz Declaration de Berne.

Komisja zapewnia, że ACTA nie spowoduje zmiany unijnych przepisów, nie tworzy też nowych praw własności intelektualnej. Dotyczy jedynie egzekwowania istniejącego prawa oraz zapobiegania jego naruszeniom na dużą skalę, za którymi stoją często organizacje przestępcze.

[NetzPolitik] NPP116: Jeremie Zimmermann über ACTA, Netzneutralität & Hadopi

Der Netzpolitik-Podcast Folge 116 ist ein rund 53 Minuten langes Gespräch mit Jeremie Zimmermann über La Quadrature du Net, ACTA, Netzneutralität, Netzzensur, sowie die Hadopi-Gesetzgebung und die Vorratsdatenspeicherungsdebatte in Frankreich.

Der Podcast ist in englisch und liegt als MP3 und OGG auf dem Server.

[Examiner] Online piracy battle now turns international with ACTA

[...] ACTA, the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, is a proposed agreement for establishing international standards on intellectual property rights enforcement. The United States, The European Union, and several other nations have been discussing the agreement since 2007. [...]

There is one informational website, which is maintained by La Quadrature du Net, an advocacy group that promotes the rights and freedoms of citizens on the Internet. La Quadrature du Net advocates for the adaptation of French and European legislation to respect the founding principles of the Internet. [...]

[Techdirt] What Is ACTA And Why Is It A Problem?

Yesterday I noted that the anti-SOPA/PIPA crowd seemed to have just discovered ACTA. And while I'm pleased that they're taking interest in something as problematic as ACTA, there was a lot of misinformation flowing around, [...] I thought I'd do a short post on ACTA to hopefully clarify some of what's been floating around.

First off, ACTA, unlike SOPA/PIPA, is not "a law." It's a trade agreement, in which a variety of countries agree to deal with intellectual property infringement in a similar fashion.[...]

For example, ACTA initially tried to establish much stronger secondary liability for ISPs, including effectively requiring a "graduated response" or "three strikes" plan for ISPs, that would require them to kick people accused (not convicted) of infringement multiple times offline. One of the key problems with ACTA has been how broadly worded it is and how open to interpretation it is.[...]

[HuffingtonPost] ACTA Protests In Poland: Groups Fear Copyright Treaty Will Lead To Censorship

WARSAW, Poland -- Hundreds of people waged a street protest in Warsaw on Tuesday to protest the government's plan to sign an international copyright treaty, while several popular websites also shut down for an hour over the issue. [...]

Several popular websites replaced their normal content with a statement about ACTA, including several that are popular with young people and carry a mix of celebrity news, jokes, funny photographs and other entertaining material. [...]

[Forbes] If You Thought SOPA Was Bad, Just Wait Until You Meet ACTA

When sites like Wikipedia and Reddit banded together for a major blackout January 18th, the impact was felt all the way to Washington D.C. The blackout had lawmakers running from the controversial anti-piracy legislation, SOPA and PIPA, which critics said threatened freedom of speech online. [...]

According to the Electronic Frontier Foundation, there are “other plurilateral agreements, such as the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP), which contains a chapter on IP enforcement that would have state signatories adopt even more restrictive copyright measures than ACTA. Similarly, negotiations over TPP are also held in secret and with little oversight by the public or civil society. These initiatives, negotiated without participation from civil society or the public, are an affront to a democratic world order. EFF will remain vigilant against these international initiatives that threaten to choke off creativity, innovation, and free speech, and will stand with EDRi, FFII, La Quadrature du Net and our other EU fellow traveller organizations in their campaign to defeat ACTA in the European Parliament in January.” [...]

[GlobalVoices] Poland: Netizens Protest Government's Plan To Sign ACTA Next Week

[...] On January 19, during a meeting with NGOs and business representatives, the Polish government announced that it would sign the controversial anti-piracy agreement ACTA on January 26. While the governement calls it a success of the Polish EU Presidency, netizens are outraged with the arbitrary decision and are calling to take action against the proposal. [...]

ACTA, the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, is a proposed plurilateral agreement for the purpose of establishing international standards on intellectual property rights enforcement. According to La Quadrature du Net and other globally active digital rights organisations, such as Electronic Frontier Foundation or European Digital Rights, ACTA would impose new criminal sanctions forcing Internet actors to monitor and censor online communications. Creating legal uncertainty for Internet companies, ACTA would become a major threat to freedom of expression online and another assault against the culture of sharing on the Internet. [...]

[TechDirt] SOPA Supporters Learning (Slowly) That Pissing Off Reddit Is A Bad Idea

There's been a lot of talk in the past few days about the companies supporting SOPA. As we've noted, it's pretty damn difficult to find too many individuals who like SOPA (or PROTECT IP), but there are a fair number of companies who might find it advantageous to be able to cause all sorts of problems for foreign competition. There are a few lists floating around of SOPA supporters, but Andrew Couts has put together a big list of 439 organizations culled both from the Judiciary Committee's website and the letter sent by the US Chamber of Commerce in support of the law. [...]

Either way, what's becoming clear is that even if some companies support the law, it's not because it's good for their customers. It's precisely the opposite. It's because it'll be useful as a protectionist law to stomp out competition or to protect against having to adapt to innovation. In the past, consumers might not have paid attention, but thanks to efforts like what Reddit and others (Tumblr, Wikipedia, etc.) are doing, it seems like those consumers are starting to speak up and make themselves heard. And the end result is going to be bad for business for the companies supporting SOPA. [...]

[ArsTechnica] PIPA support collapses, with 13 new Senators opposed

Members of the Senate are rushing for the exits in the wake of the Internet's unprecedented protest of the Protect IP Act (PIPA). At least 13 members of the upper chamber announced their opposition on Wednesday. In a particularly severe blow for Hollywood, at least five of the newly-opposed Senators were previously co-sponsors of the Protect IP Act. [...]

Those who dropped their support were most likely bolstered by strong opposition from conservative think tanks and blogs. On Tuesday, the influential Heritage Foundation announced that it would include SOPA and PIPA as a key issue on its voter scorecard. And the popular conservative blog, whose founder threatened to mount primary challengers to SOPA supporters last month, has been hailing Senators who come out in opposition. [...]

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