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ACTA: Updated Analysis of the Final Version

Following the release of the final, legally-verified version of ACTA (dated December 3rd), we have updated our analysis of the most worrying provisions of this dangerous anti-counterfeiting agreement.

ACTA AS A BULLYING WEAPON FOR THE ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRIES

Comment La Quadrature's Draft Response to the Internet Directive Consultation

Just one day before the final deadline of the e-Commerce (or Internet directive) consultation, La Quadrature du Net publishes the draft of its response.

Why You Should Respond to the e-Commerce Consultation


There are only a few days left to answer the consultation. If you don't have enough time to answer the whole document, please consider responding at least to questions 56, 59, 60, 67, 69.
You can send your submission to markt-e-commerce@ec.europa.eu

The European Commission has launched a new public consultation on the future of the 2000 e-Commerce directive, which forms the basis of the Internet regulatory framework across the European Union. The reform of the e-Commerce directive is very important for rights and freedoms on the Internet, and all interested citizens and organizations should take the time to submit a response to the consultation by November 5th. By doing so, they can make sure that the democratizing potential of the Internet as well as the rule of law will be preserved.

Council of Europe Agrees That Net neutrality is Key to Freedom of Expression

On September 29th, 2010, the Committee of Ministers at the Council of Europe (CoE) adopted a declaration on network neutrality1. The declaration is overall a very good news for the protection of freedom of expression and communication in Europe. It is one more indication that governments are finally realizing the importance of the Internet's core architectural principles for the future of rights and freedoms in our democracies.

Robocopyright ACTA [video]

RoboCopyright ACTA !

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Letter - The European Parliament must reject the Gallo report

La Quadrature du Net just sent this letter to the Members of the European Parliament, as well as a 3-page-memo and a comparison of the Gallo report, the ALDE resolution, and the S&D+Greens+Others resolution.

Dear Member of the European Parliament,

ACTA written declaration: 223 signatures to go!

La Quadrature du Net has sent a letter to the Members of the European Parliament who have yet to sign written declaration 12 regarding ACTA, urging them to do so.

Gallo Report: policy brief against biased industry-funded figures

La Quadrature du Net sent a letter to the members of the JURI committe of the European Parliament, along with a 8-page policy brief on the Gallo report.

La Quadrature urges EU citizens concerned about the future of copyright and patent enforcement, fundamental rights, and the Internet, to contact them as well.

Spanish Presidency: Hostile to Net neutrality

The final "Granada Strategy" document by the Spanish Presidency, which lays out Spain's views on the future of European information society policies, has now been circulated.

EU: Digital Inquisition against an open Internet?

As Spain holds the rotating Presidency of the EU Council, it is currently defining a European strategy for the "Digital Agenda". A draft document regarding what Spain calls the "Granada Strategy" reveals unacceptable orientations toward handing the control of the Internet to telecoms operators, sacrificing Net neutrality.

European Parliament to adopt a report on IPR enforcement

The European Parliament is in the process of writing an own-initiative report in response to the Commission's communication on "enhancing the enforcement of intellectual property rights".

La Quadrature meets with French Telecoms Regulator on Net neutrality

Yesterday, La Quadrature du Net was invited by the French Telecoms Regulator for an informal meeting by the working group in charge of Net neutrality.

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Dangerous Anti-sharing Law in Spain

The Spanish government just announced a new bill that would grant an administrative body –the Commission for Intellectual Property– the power to order the take down or blocking of websites that “allow or facilitate” copyright infringements. Even more dangerous for civil liberties and freedom of expression, the Commission would be allowed to determine on its own whether judicial intervention is necessary.

Amendment 138 - Legalese for Progress, not political weakness

Tonight, a conciliation committee meeting will take place between the Council of the European Union and the European Parliament. Both institutions will try to resolve their year-long dispute over amendment 138 by considering a worthless compromise proposal.

In the past days, some Members of the Parliament have been convinced to depart from the strong protection for the freedom of expression and communication granted by amendment 138. They bought the arguments put forward by the Council, as well as the Parliament's own legal services who conducted a biased analysis at the request of rapporteurs Catherine Trautmann and Alejo Vidal-Quadras. According to amendment 138 opponents, the European treaties do not allow the Parliament to require that Member States adapt their judicial system to better protect European citizens. However, case law seems to indicate that this is just an abusive argument aimed at concealing their political timidity.

Amendment 138, provides that “no restriction may be imposed on the fundamental rights and freedoms of end-users, without a prior ruling by the judicial authorities”.

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