The press review catalogues press articles related to la Quadrature's issues, compiled by its volunteers.
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The UK and 21 other European Union member states have signed the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, better known as ACTA. [...]
"In the last few days, we have seen encouraging protests by Polish and other EU citizens, who are rightly concerned with the effect of ACTA on freedom of expression, access to medicines, but also access to culture and knowledge," La Quad spokesman Jérémie Zimmermann said in a statement.
"This important movement will further build up," Zimmermann added, noting the defeat in the US of the SOPA and PIPA copyright enforcement bills. "European citizens must reclaim democracy, against the harmful influence of corporate interests over global policy-making." [...]
Concerns raised over consumer privacy and intellectual property rights as ACTA, the global anti-counterfeiting agreement, moves closer to becoming law. [...]
[...] according to La Quadrature du Net, although the signing of ACTA by EU member states is "highly symbolic" it is "not the end of the road".
This citizen advocacy group said people can still challenge the agreement before the final vote in the EU Parliament; which cannot happen before June.
Jérémie Zimmermann, spokesperson for the organisation said: "In the last few days, we have seen encouraging protests by Polish and other EU citizens, who are rightly concerned with the effect of ACTA on freedom of expression, access to medicines, but also access to culture and knowledge." [...]
Acta [...] has been met with widespread criticism from open rights activists, who argue that the legislation has been rushed through the legal system under the guise of being a trade agreement, when in fact it is a new copyright law. [...]
European advocacy group La Quadrature du Net released a statement urging people to fight Acta by lobbying their MEPs before a vote on Acta in the European Parliament in June.
Spokesperson Jérémie Zimmermann said: "In the last few days, we have seen encouraging protests by Polish and other EU citizens, who are rightly concerned with the effect of Acta on freedom of expression, access to medicines, but also access to culture and knowledge.
After the internet’s successful protest of the Stop Online Piracy Act, many of the same groups are now turning their attention to ACTA, the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, a European bill that could affect essentially every country in the developed world. [...]
Protests against it are much less developed than those against SOPA, but they will certainly move quickly. For starters, French digital rights advocacy group La Quadrature has posted a how-to guide on protesting in seven different languages.
The site offers a listing of the Members of European Parliament that can be contacted, as well as a helpful script for when you talk to them. [...]
Hundreds of people have waged a street protest in Warsaw to protest the government's plan to sign an international copyright treaty, hours before several popular websites plan to go dark for an hour over the issue. [...]
Prime Minister Donald Tusk insisted Tuesday that his government will not give in to the protesters. [...]
ACTA shares some similarities with the hotly debated Stop Online Piracy Act in the US, which was shelved by lawmakers last week after Wikipedia and Google blacked out or partially obscured their websites for a day in protest. [...]
“The Acta agreement in no way changes Polish laws or the rights of internet users and internet usage.” - despite a massive Internet protest and controversies around the secret manner of negotiations, Minister of Administration and Digitisation Michal Boni admitted after the meeting with PM Donald Tusk that the government would sign the anti-piracy agreement ACTA on January 26, as planned. [...]
[...] the global media, with a few exceptions, keep silent about the Polish protest, national information services race to publish dozens of opinions, analyses and the latest reports on the ACTA case. In the meantime, the protest movement seems to be getting bigger and bigger: the anti-ACTA protest event on Facebook Nie dla ACTA has reached over 400,000 fans. A real-life protest in Warsaw gathered over 1,000 people on Tuesday, and another one is being planned for Wednesday, January 25. [...]
Polish people have showed they disagree with their country’s plan to sign an international treaty on copyright by holding a demonstration outside EU offices in Warsaw.
The measure has provoked similar fury to that against the recently dropped US bill on piracy SOPA, and the another US bill dealing with intellectual property still progressing, known as PIPA.
Some in Poland fear ACTA could lead to online censorship and claim they were not consulted about the treaty.
Thousands of people have protested both online and on the streets. However, Polish officials have said they will sign the agreement as planned. Government minister Michal Boni said "The ACTA agreement in no way changes Polish laws or the rights of Internet users and Internet usage,” after a meeting with Prime Minister Donald Tusk. The irony of that statement is that ACTA will do exactly that. It will surpass the sovereign laws of participating nations, especially in the matter of ISP monitoring. [...]
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 US.to 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.
„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 m.in. 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.