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ACTA Adopted By EU Governments, Now in EU Parliament's Hands

Paris, December 14th 2011 – EU Member States –represented by the Council of the EU– adopt today the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), which aims at imposing new criminal sanctions and privatized online censorship in the name of copyright. The text will now be sent to the European Parliament, which has a chance to oppose it. Citizens must act to ensure their freedoms online are protected by having ACTA finally rejected.

Freedom Online: Stop the Double-Speak!

Paris, December 9th, 2011 – The Netherlands are convening a high-profile conference to discuss freedoms online. As the United States and Europe pose as defenders of freedom online, La Quadrature recalls that their Internet policy is going in the other direction by supporting censorship, through the anti-counterfeiting trade agreement (ACTA) and other initiatives.

EU Court of Justice: Censorship in Name of Copyright Violates Fundamental Rights

Paris, November 24th, 2011 — The European Court of Justice just rendered a historic decision in the Scarlet Extended case, which is crucial for the future of rights and freedoms on the Internet. The Court ruled that forcing Internet service providers to monitor and censor their users' communications violated EU law, and in particular the right to freedom of communication. At a time of all-out offensive in the war against culture sharing online, this decision suggests that censorship measures requested by the entertainment industry are disproportionate means to enforce an outdated copyright regime. Policy-makers across Europe must take this decision into account by refusing new repressive schemes, such as the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), and engage in a much needed reform of copyright.

Culture According to Sarkozy: Digital Obscurantism and Contempt for Rights

Paris, 18th of November 2011 – Nicolas Sarkozy is attempting a sleight of hand at today's G8/G20 Forum d'Avignon on culture, economy and the media: posing as the defender of digital culture and the Internet. La Quadrature du Net reminds of his disastrous record, and calls on citizens to judge by themselves with the upcoming votes in the Council of the EU and the European Parliament, in particular on the anti-counterfeiting ACTA agreement.

Net Neutrality Resolution Adopted in EU Parliament

Paris, October 20th, 2011 — The “Industry” Committee of the EU Parliament unanimously adopted a resolution on Net neutrality. Through this vote asking the European Commission to promptly assess the need for further legislative action, the Parliament is taking a strong stance in favour of Net neutrality. Pressure now increases on EU Commissioner Neelie Kroes, who may soon be forced to break away with her failed “wait and see” approach and take action.

Major Loophole Remains in Net Neutrality Resolution

Brussels, October 19th, 2011 — Negotiations on a weak Net neutrality resolution are coming to an end at the EU Parliament, with the vote taking place tomorrow. After much reluctance, the conservative (EPP) group has finally agreed to endorse a call for a timely assessment of further regulation on Net neutrality. However, the text still includes a major loophole allowing operators to implement Internet access restrictions on the pretext of managing congestion.

Finalization of EU Parliament's Weak Net Neutrality Resolution

Paris, October 17th, 2011 – The European Parliament is finalizing the negotiation of “compromise amendments” to its resolution on Net neutrality. At this point, the weak text binds the Parliament to the failed “wait-and-see” approach of EU Commissioner Neelie Kroes, which amounts to letting operators restrict Internet access to pursue short terms economic goals. The resolution could however bring a proper definition of Net neutrality and increase the pressure on the Commission to investigate telecoms operators' behaviour and take action.

No Privacy Without Net Neutrality

Brussels, October 12th, 2011 - In a ground-breaking opinion on Net neutrality, the European Data Protection Supervisor stresses that restrictions to Internet access inevitably harm privacy. As the European Parliament enters in the final stage of the negotiations on its resolution on Net neutrality, this opinion underlines that the EU Commission's "wait and see" approach is bound to fail and is unjustifiable. Members of the EU Parliament - who will soon hold a crucial vote on the matter - must preserve citizens' privacy by requiring strong regulatory measures to ban discrimination of online communications.

Will the European Parliament Give Up On Protecting a Free Internet?

Paris, 29 September, 2011 — The European Parliament's proposed resolution on Net Neutrality is very weak and reflects the strong influence of telecom operators. Sadly, even though several tabled amendments aim for real protection of Net neutrality, leading MEPs so far fail to propose enforceable principles to prevent telcos from discriminating online communications. Will the power of lobbyists such as of AT&T override the European Union's objective to protect its citizens' online fredoms?

RespectMyNet: Name and Shame Operators' Attempts to Control the Net

Paris, September 22nd, 2011 — Civil society groups launched today an online platform to help citizens track Internet access restrictions imposed by telecom companies. This platform, RespectMyNet.eu, will present EU lawmakers with the evidence they keep denying: there is an urgent need to legislate against Net Neutrality violations, which harm fundamental freedoms as well as innovation and competition.

European Parliament Study Confirms ACTA Must Be Rejected

Paris, July 20th, 2011 - The EU Parliament just published a study assessing ACTA in view of its upcoming ratification vote. Most of the report includes the typical copyright extremism nonsense, especially when it comes to the digital environment. However, this scholarly study cannot but recognize that ACTA contains serious legal flaws and brings nothing to EU citizens. Despite trying hard to help the Commission, it is forced to conclude by suggesting that the EU Parliament should reject ACTA.

Mrs. Kroes: Will You Let Them Control the Net?

Today, European Commissioner for the Digital Agenda, Neelie Kroes, met1 with the CEOs of corporations acting towards more control over internet communications, to discuss the future of Internet policy. After misleadingly pretending there is no problem with operators restricting Net neutrality, and her choice not to protect freedom of information online… will Mrs. Kroes let dominant actors alter Internet's architecture?

OECD Draft Internet Communiqué Sacrifices Freedoms to Copyright

Paris, June 28th, 2011 – La Quadrature du Net adds its voice to the 80 global civil society groups that have declined endorsing the OECD's communiqué on Principles for Internet Policy-Making. Although the text puts forward positive recommendations, rights and freedoms online are severely undermined by the call for private policing of the network, opening the door to automated censorship in the name of copyright.

Will OECD serve Hollywood against our Freedoms?

Paris, June 27th, 2011 – The OECD countries are finalizing a communiqué about the future of the Internet. The outcome could either be a text favourable to citizens' fundamental freedoms, or a push towards more repression and private policing of the Internet, in line with the ACTA agreement, the G8's conclusions and EU copyright strategy.

Protecting Freedoms Online: La Quadrature's Proposals

Paris, June 23 2011 — La Quadrature du Net releases a set of proposals to guarantee freedom of communication on the Internet and allow the network to remain a tool for democracy, culture and socio-economic innovation. The citizen organisation encourages all citizens to share these proposals and discuss them with decision-makers.

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