Press review about ACTA

[Afterdawn] Is ACTA a foregone conclusion or will it meet SOPA's fate?

Is ACTA a foregone conclusion or will it meet SOPA's fate? With all the furor over SOPA and PIPA in recent months, the signing of the ACTA trade agreement last October by the US, Japan, and a handful of other countries has largely been ignored. […]

[Guardian.Co] Act on Acta now if you care about democracy and free speech

The anti-counterfeiting trade agreement could criminalise internet users globally. But it hasn't been ratified yet …

[Novinite] Bulgaria: Bulgarian ISPs Rise against ACTA

The ACTA agreement will breach users' rights and change the course of internet evolution, argued a branch union of Bulgarian ISPs Wednesday.

In addition, Bulgarian ISPs argue that the agreement will breach privacy of users and will go as far as reverse the presumption of innocence.

ACTA further will have such actions be subjected to criminal, and not civil proceedings, as has been up to now.

[TechDirt] Slovenian Ambassador Apologizes For Signing ACTA

[...] The Slovenian ambassador to Japan, Helena Drnovsek Zorko has apparently issued a public apology for signing ACTA last week.[...]

[...] now that she understands ACTA, she doesn't like it, and she appears to hope that people will protest ACTA and stop it from getting implemented.[...]

[] Poland 'may not ratify ACTA'

Poland's culture minister has repeated that though the government has signed the ACTA agreement it may not be approved by the Polish parliament. [...]

Speaking on Polish Radio on Tuesday, Minister Bogdan Zdrojewski said that “it's quite simply very difficult to predict which act and which regulation will spark emotions,” referring to the strong protest that the government's signing of the agreement last week in Tokyo has sparked in the country. [...]

[] Why I signed ACTA

On Thursday, 26th January, 2012, I signed the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) on behalf of the Republic of Slovenia, following the directive and authorisation of the Slovenian government.[...]

And yet, why did I sign ACTA. Every day there is a barrage of questions in my inbox and on Facebook from mostly kind and somewhat baffled people, who cannot understand how it occurred to me to sign an agreement so damaging to the state and citizens. [...]

[ComputerActive] French advocacy group urges EU citizens to fight against ACTA

The French advocacy group La Quadrature du Net today accused the European Commission of "plainly lying" to the European Parliament about the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA).

[Wired] European Commission defends Acta, says it's nothing like Sopa

The European Commission has published a series of statements in support of Acta, highlighting what it claims to be common misconceptions about the treaty. The EC insists that Acta does not restrict freedom of the internet and will not censor or shut down websites. Instead it will target only organised criminals. […]

Despite the Commissions efforts to clear up some of the uncertainty around Acta, online activist group La Quadrature du Net has responded with a post entitled Debunking the EU Commission's Lies About Acta. […]

[PressTv] ACTA = Global Internet Censorship - Now even foreign governments will be able to have your website shut down

[...] SOPA and PIPA have been stopped (at least for now) in the United States, but a treaty known as ACTA (the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement) is far worse than either of them. ACTA was quietly signed by Barack Obama [...] But it could mean the end of the Internet as we know it.[...] If you are alleged to have violated a copyright, your website can be shut down without a trial and police may even show up at your door to take you to prison.

[ArsTechnica] Opponents protest signing of ACTA without adequate debate

Over the vocal protests of opponents, 22 European nations signed the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) on Thursday. A statement by the Japanese foreign ministry, which hosted the signing ceremony, indicated that the remaining EU member states were expected to sign the agreement "on the completion of respective domestic procedures." The United States, Canada, Japan, and several other nations signed the agreement in October. [...]

[] Ambasada USA dopytuje się, jak głosują posłowie ws. ACTA. "Skandal"

Pracownica ambasady USA w Warszawie dzwoniła do polskiego Sejmu i wypytywała się o dyscyplinę partyjną podczas głosowania nad dezyderatem do premiera ws. ACTA. - To skandaliczne, nie podlegamy administracji prezydenta Obamy - komentują zażenowani politycy.

Przedczoraj komisja innowacyjności i nowych technologii przyjęła dezyderat wzywający premiera Donalda Tuska, by wstrzymał się z podpisaniem porozumienia ACTA. Dezyderat przyjęto, ponieważ zabrakło trzech posłów z PO, PSL i SLD.

[EFF] We Have Every Right to Be Furious About ACTA

[...] Negotiated in secret, ACTA bypassed checks and balances of existing international IP norm-setting bodies, without any meaningful input from national parliaments, policymakers, or their citizens. Worse still, the agreement creates a new global institution, an "ACTA Committee" to oversee its implementation and interpretation that will be made up of unelected members with no legal obligation to be transparent in their proceedings. [...]

[WashingtonPost] European parliament’s ACTA monitor quits in protest

The European Parliament’s independent monitor for the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) resigned Friday in protest after 22 European Union member states signed the anti-piracy treaty Thursday.

[Hs.Fi] Asiantuntijat: Piraattisopimus Actalla vähän vaikutuksia Suomeen

Verkossa viime päivinä kuohuttaneella Acta-sopimuksella on vain vähän suoria vaikutuksia Suomen internet-sääntelyyn, arvioivat HS:n haastattelemat asiantuntijat.

Acta on kansainvälinen väärennösten vastainen sopimus, jonka Suomi yhdessä useiden muiden maiden kanssa allekirjoitti torstaina. […]

[IBTimes] ACTA Protest Guide: Rally Details From Around the World

Protests are spreading across the globe, as outrage grows over the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement treaty in the wake of the SOPA bill being shelved last week by the U.S. Congress.[...]