ACTA

ACTA and the Emergence of a Commitment to EU Democracy

Dimitrios Droutsas is the rapporteur for opinion on ACTA in the LIBE (Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs) committee of the European Parliament. Below is an abstract of his draft report that demonstrates an insight and a democratic commitment that should act as an example for his colleagues and for policy makers everywhere.

JURI Committee Postpones Vote on Gallo's ACTA Opinion

Brussels, April 26th 2012 - Marielle Gallo, rapporteur of ACTA for the Legal Affairs committee of the EU Parliament, is engaging in new political tricks to buy time and delay the ACTA vote. By doing so, she hopes to defuse the political debate, whose momentum goes in the direction of rejecting ACTA.

ACTA in Parliamentary Committees: Urgent Citizen Participation Required

Brussels, 25th April 2012 - ACTA is following its way through the committees of the European Parliament. Under strong pressure from the copyright lobbies, ACTA proponents seem to awake and become vocal. With upcoming votes in Legal Affairs (JURI) and Industry (ITRE) committees, it is more than ever time for citizens to convince Members that this dangerous agreement should be rejected, and that copyright should durably be reformed.

EU Privacy Watchdog Slams ACTA. Again.

Brussels, April 24th, 2012 - In a decisive opinion, the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) says that ACTA's digital chapter would threaten privacy and freedom of expression online.

Gallo pro-ACTA Opinion Must Be Rejected

Brussels, April 24th, 2012 - Marielle Gallo's draft opinion report, urging for the adoption of ACTA may be about to be adopted by the Legal Affairs committee of the EU Parliament. This opinion, full of approximations and analytical mistakes, will be put to vote on Thursday. It must be opposed by her colleagues. Citizens can help.

ACTA Mobilization, And Beyond

Paris, April 19th, 2012 - In the next few weeks, the EU Parliament will continue to work on ACTA, the anti-counterfeiting trade agreement, ahead of its final vote around the summer. This is a crucial moment for the citizen mobilization against ACTA, which will have to resist the growing pressure that the copyright lobbies put on the Parliament. Beyond the rejection of ACTA, the whole EU copyright enforcement policy needs to be revised. Only a reform of copyright can protect once and for all fundamental rights online of EU citizens and push the online creative economy in a new direction, away from blind repression. Here is a state of play on the next steps of the mobilization in the European Parliament.

Encouraging Draft ACTA Report, Still Under Copyright Lobbies Influence

Paris, April 17th 2012 - David Martin, the rapporteur of ACTA at the EU Parliament, has issued his draft report recommending the Parliament to reject ACTA. This is an important step toward effectively killing this dangerous agreement. But while denouncing ACTA, the rapporteur nevertheless supports the 15 year-long war on culture sharing. He also carefully avoid to stress the need for a positive reform of copyright, so as to protect fundamental freedoms online and fostering access to culture and knowledge.

EU Parliament Must Stand Firm On Its Political Assessment of ACTA

Paris, April 10th 2012 - The European Parliament has decided not to refer ACTA to the EU Court of Justice, and will normally hold its final vote this summer, as originally planned. This coming week marks a new opportunity for EU citizens to engage with their elected representatives in Brussels, calling on them to move swiftly toward a thorough political assessment of ACTA.

EU Commission Shamelessly Persists In Trying to Delay ACTA Vote

Paris, April 5th, 2012 – The EU Commission has made public the text of its own referral of ACTA to the EU Court of Justice. This initiative comes a week after the EU Parliament voted not to refer ACTA to the Court, which would have suspended the parliamentarian procedure for at least 18 months. The Parliament is expected to vote on ACTA this summer, and must continue to resist the Commission's shameless technocratic tricks to save ACTA.

EU Parliament Will Vote on ACTA Without Delay!

Brussels, March 27th 2012 - The EU Parliament refused to freeze the ACTA debate, and will not refer the agreement to the EU Court of Justice. In a 21 to 5 vote plus 2 abstentions, the Parliament decided to stick to its calendar and will vote on ACTA in June, as originally planned. The Commission's technocratic manoeuvres have not stopped the Parliament, and the door remains open to a swift rejection of ACTA.

ACTA: The EU Parliament Must Face Its Political Responsibility

Brussels, March 26th 2012 – Today is the beginning of a decisive week for the future of the ACTA procedure in the EU Parliament. Tomorrow, Members of the EU Parliament (MEPs) may decide whether to vote on ACTA in the next few months as originally planned, or to follow the rapporteur David Martin in buying time and defusing the ongoing debate through technocratic manoeuvres. Citizens must call their MEPs now and urge them to face their political responsibility by rejecting ACTA.

Newsletter #42

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Bonjour à toutes et à tous !

Le format de la newsletter change : elle passe de mensuelle à numérotée.

La campagne contre ACTA a connu un bond en avant avec de nouvelles avancées du débat au niveau du Parlement européen. Du 27 février au 1er mars, des permanents de La Quadrature du Net se sont rendus à Bruxelles et ont invité des activistes européens (Allemagne, Hongrie, Espagne, Suède) en vue d'assister aux débats des commissions sur ACTA et de rencontrer des eurodéputés. A plusieurs reprises, cette affirmation a été entendue : si ACTA était soumis au vote dans les prochaines semaines, il serait rejeté.

La Commission européenne semble avoir pris conscience de cet état de fait. Elle a cherché à gagner du temps en saisissant la Cour de justice de l'Union européenne (CJUE) sur la conformité d'ACTA aux traités européens. Le Rapporteur au Parlement, David Martin, a tenté de légitimer cette stratégie de la Commission en proposant que le Parlement saisisse lui aussi la Cour, ce qui aurait eu pour effet de suspendre les débats au Parlement, et repousser le vote final d'un an ou deux.

La Quadrature a initié une campagne sur ce point obscur de procédure, qui a été couronnée de succès : au terme de trois semaines intenses de campagne et d'allers-retours à Bruxelles, les membres de la commission INTA du Parlement européen ont rejeté, par 21 voix contre 5, la proposition du rapporteur David Martin. Cela signifie que la procédure ACTA reprend son cours : travaux en commissions (ITRE, JURI, LIBE, DEVE) dans les semaines à venir pour le bouclage rapide d'un rapport (INTA) et vote en plénière autour de l'été. La mobilisation dans les semaines à venir sera clé pour obtenir le rejet clair et définitif de cet accord.

Cette petite -bien que cruciale- victoire ne doit pas nous empêcher de regarder d'ores et déjà au-delà d'ACTA. Il est plus que probable que celui-ci se transforme et revienne sous la forme d'une révision d'IPRED ou de la directive e-Commerce dans les mois à venir. Nous aurons un rôle déterminant à jouer pour exiger que nos pratiques culturelles et la liberté d'expression soient épargnées par la répression aveugle, attentatoire aux droits fondamentaux et à l'architecture d'un Internet libre.

Concernant la neutralité du Net, le BEREC a publié son rapport préliminaire sur les restrictions d'accès à Internet. Il y est notamment spécifié que ces restrictions, concernant majoritairement les échanges pair à pair et voix sur IP, sont souvent effectuées à travers des technologies de deep packet inspection, aussi utilisées par les régimes autoritaires pour la surveillance de leur population. Cela montre l'utilité de notre plate-forme citoyenne http://respectmy.net qui a servi de source d'information au BEREC, ainsi que l'urgente nécessité de légiférer pour protéger la neutralité du Net.

Par ailleurs, La Quadrature du Net a désormais son local, situé au 19 de la rue Richard Lenoir dans lequel nous organiserons des ateliers et rencontres de travail thématiques. Il s'agit d'un tournant important dans l'histoire de l'organisation, qui facilitera les interactions dans la communauté et permettra un travail plus efficace.

Enfin, la publication Sharing: culture and the economy in the Internet age, de Philippe Aigrin, co-fondateur de La Quadrature du Net, nous offre une forme alternative de soutien. Le livre est disponible en téléchargement libre et en vente au format papier. La Quadrature recevra la moitié des recettes au-delà du 400ème exemplaire vendu.

Demand Swift Rejection of ACTA

Paris, March 19th, 2012 - Crucial discussions going on in the EU Parliament will determine the fate of ACTA. Whereas the rapporteur David Martin is siding with the EU Commission in attempting to defuse the debate and postpone the final vote on ACTA, other members of the EU Parliament (MEPs) insist on voting in the coming months, as originally planned. By urging for a swift rejection of ACTA ahead of next week's meetings in the Parliament, EU citizens have a decisive role to play.

Don't Let the European Parliament Freeze ACTA!

Paris, March 13th, 2012 – The European Parliament may be about to side with the Commission in its strategy to stall the ACTA debate, and postpone by one year or two the vote that could kill it once and for all. It is urgent that citizens contact Members of the Parliament to urge them to continue working towards a clear and strong political position, leading to the unavoidable rejection of ACTA, rather than allow these technocratic manœuvres.

A Strategy Looking Through ACTA and Beyond

Over the last two weeks, events have radically altered the course of the debate on ACTA and its ratification procedure, both at the EU and Member States levels. The tremendous citizen pressure definitely had an effect and altered the balance of power. Scared that ACTA might promptly be rejected, EU Commissioner De Gucht managed to delay the procedure by one or two years. With clear objectives in mind, it might be time to look also beyond ACTA to understand how we can collectively attempt to protect our freedoms online while fixing the broken copyright regime currently waging war on the free Internet.

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