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[Dw.de] European divisions over ACTA deepen

The international copyright treaty is meant to improve the protection of intellectual property. But critics fear the deal could severely restricts Internet freedoms.

Supporters and opponents of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) agree that intellectual property must be protected. But European societies are divided over how this is to be achieved. Recent demonstrations across the continent are proof of the growing opposition towards ACTA. The demonstrators fear the treaty will lead to a curtailing of Internet freedoms. [...]

http://www.dw.de/dw/article/0,,15737541,00.html

[TechPresident] ACTA opponents welcome Germany's decision

Opponents of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) welcomed the official decision by the German government today to wait for action from the European Parliament before signing the treaty, calling it a sign that the debate over the balance between copyright protection and Internet freedom has become more explicitly political.

Germany's decision was set in motion by a statement released Wednesday by Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger, the German justice minister, a member of Chancellor Angela Merkel's cabinet and a member of the liberal Free Democratic Party (FDP). In the text and video statement (which has been watched close to 38,000 times), headlined "Engaged Discussion of ACTA is positive," she praises the engaged and public debate around the treaty that is now under way. She emphasizes that it is necessary that all facts about the subject be on the table. The delay is meant to make time for further discussion on the treaty, officials have said.

"The European Parliament must now study ACTA intensively and examine every open question, every point of criticism," she states. "And the European Parliament must decide if it wants or does not want ACTA." [...]

For French Internet activist Jérémie Zimmerman from La Quadrature du Net, the debate has also reached an important milestone.

"The ACTA debate is -finally- turning political," he told techPresident in an email. "Instead of arguing over every single paragraph of the agreement and its interpretation, it's the general principle of an agreement, negotiated in secret by 39 countries, that will have an impact on a Free Internet and our fundamental freedoms that is infuriating citizens," he wrote. "Only such political pressure on the European Parliament can make its Members work towards killing ACTA once and for all. Such a victory in the EP would open the door towards pushing a positive agenda in revisions of copyright laws that could for once take into account the public rights and new cultural practices."

http://techpresident.com/news/21760/acta-opponents-welcome-germanys-deci...

[TechPresident] ACTA opponents welcome Germany's decision

Opponents of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) welcomed the official decision by the German government today to wait for action from the European Parliament before signing the treaty, calling it a sign that the debate over the balance between copyright protection and Internet freedom has become more explicitly political. [...]

Germany's decision was set in motion by a statement released Wednesday by Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger, the German justice minister, a member of Chancellor Angela Merkel's cabinet and a member of the liberal Free Democratic Party (FDP). In the text and video statement (which has been watched close to 38,000 times), headlined "Engaged Discussion of ACTA is positive," she praises the engaged and public debate around the treaty that is now under way. She emphasizes that it is necessary that all facts about the subject be on the table. The delay is meant to make time for further discussion on the treaty, officials have said. [...]

For French Internet activist Jérémie Zimmerman from La Quadrature du Net, the debate has also reached an important milestone.

"The ACTA debate is -finally- turning political," he told TechPresident in an email. "Instead of arguing over every single paragraph of the agreement and its interpretation, it's the general principle of an agreement, negotiated in secret by 39 countries, that will have an impact on a Free Internet and our fundamental freedoms that is infuriating citizens," he wrote. "Only such political pressure on the European Parliament can make its Members work towards killing ACTA once and for all. Such a victory in the EP would open the door towards pushing a positive agenda in revisions of copyright laws that could for once take into account the public rights and new cultural practices." [...]

http://techpresident.com/news/21760/acta-opponents-welcome-germanys-deci...

[TheInquerer] World gets ready for ACTA protests

PROTESTERS ACROSS EUROPE and the US are getting ready to take to the streets in protest against the overbearing Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA). [...]

"ACTA will let rightsholders use laughably inflated claims of damages (based on the disproven idea that every download or stream is a lost sale) to sue people. As if suing amazing artists, video makers and websites for millions wasn't hard enough!" warns internet rights group La Quadrature du Net. [...]

http://www.theinquirer.net/inquirer/news/2145346/world-ready-acta-protests

[Economist] Internet freedom and copyright law: ACTA up

NO SOONER was the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) signed than Kader Arif, the European Union’s chief negotiator, called it a “masquerade” and resigned. Slovenia’s envoy, who signed the deal at a powwow in Japan, called her own behaviour an act of “civic carelessness”. Romania’s prime minister (now resigned) admitted he couldn’t say why his country had signed it. In Poland, where lawmakers protested by wearing Guy Fawkes masks associated with the Anonymous hacker-activist collective, the prime minister said he would suspend ratification. The Czech Republic and Slovakia (which has not signed it) later did the same. […]

http://www.economist.com/node/21547235

[WallStreetJournal] ACTA Negotiators to Blame for Misguided Protests

Europeans will take to the streets this weekend in protest at the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, an international agreement that has given birth to an ocean full of red herrings. [...]

"It is about inducing countries to change their laws to come in line with ACTA," says Jérémie Zimmermann, founder of the French Internet lobby group La Quadrature du Net. [...]

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000142405297020413640457721119161092711...

[GlobalPost] EU struggles to get its ACTA together

Europe is facing a widening revolt over an international agreement billed by supporters as a essential tool to beat online piracy, but denounced by opponents as a menace to internet freedom.

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 Philippe Aigrain, co-founder of the French Internet campaign group La Quadrature du Net. [...]

http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/europe/120208/acta-sopas...

[Digitaljournal] ACTA has a brand-new rapporteur - Internet censorship treaty

After the resignation of Kader Arif as rapporteur of this treaty, the world sighed in relief, thinking this might put the ACTA treaty out of action. […]

According to the Inquirer Mr Martin, the new rapporteur might not agree with Mr Arif, and the internet rights group Laquadrature du Net , 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."

http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/319266

[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...

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