Press review about ACTA

[TVPParlament] KE: ACTA nie ogranicza praw

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 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.

[NetzPolitik] NPP116: Jeremie Zimmermann über ACTA, Netzneutralität & Hadopi

Der Netzpolitik-Podcast Folge 116 ist ein rund 53 Minuten langes Gespräch mit Jeremie Zimmermann über La Quadrature du Net, ACTA, Netzneutralität, Netzzensur, sowie die Hadopi-Gesetzgebung und die Vorratsdatenspeicherungsdebatte in Frankreich.

[Examiner] Online piracy battle now turns international with ACTA

[...] ACTA, the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, is a proposed agreement for establishing international standards on intellectual property rights enforcement. The United States, The European Union, and several other nations have been discussing the agreement since 2007. [...]

[Techdirt] What Is ACTA And Why Is It A Problem?

Yesterday I noted that the anti-SOPA/PIPA crowd seemed to have just discovered ACTA. And while I'm pleased that they're taking interest in something as problematic as ACTA, there was a lot of misinformation flowing around, [...] I thought I'd do a short post on ACTA to hopefully clarify some of what's been floating around.

First off, ACTA, unlike SOPA/PIPA, is not "a law." It's a trade agreement, in which a variety of countries agree to deal with intellectual property infringement in a similar fashion.[...]

[HuffingtonPost] ACTA Protests In Poland: Groups Fear Copyright Treaty Will Lead To Censorship

WARSAW, Poland -- Hundreds of people waged a street protest in Warsaw on Tuesday to protest the government's plan to sign an international copyright treaty, while several popular websites also shut down for an hour over the issue. [...]

Several popular websites replaced their normal content with a statement about ACTA, including several that are popular with young people and carry a mix of celebrity news, jokes, funny photographs and other entertaining material. [...]

[Forbes] If You Thought SOPA Was Bad, Just Wait Until You Meet ACTA

When sites like Wikipedia and Reddit banded together for a major blackout January 18th, the impact was felt all the way to Washington D.C. The blackout had lawmakers running from the controversial anti-piracy legislation, SOPA and PIPA, which critics said threatened freedom of speech online. [...]

[GlobalVoices] Poland: Netizens Protest Government's Plan To Sign ACTA Next Week

[...] On January 19, during a meeting with NGOs and business representatives, the Polish government announced that it would sign the controversial anti-piracy agreement ACTA on January 26. While the governement calls it a success of the Polish EU Presidency, netizens are outraged with the arbitrary decision and are calling to take action against the proposal. [...]

[BoingBoing] Europeans: EU to vote on ACTA, get informed and involved!

ACTA [...] is a punishing, secretly negotiated copyright treaty that could send ordinary people to jail for copyright infringement. The EU will soon vote on it. Here's a video for Europeans who want to learn more before their representatives vote to criminalize them, their children and their neighbours.

On the occasion of the Free Culture Forum in Barcelona, La Quadrature du Net releases three films to inform citizens and urge them to take action against ACTA, the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement.

[Netzpolitik] Video: Say no to ACTA

Von La Quadrature du Net gibt es ein neues Anti-ACTA-Mobilisierungsvideo, was sehr schön geworden ist

[Thinq_] Brazil to debate 'anti-ACTA' bill, defying US

Brazil looks set to strike a blow against international anti-piracy treaty ACTA, with a bill under discussion in the country's parliament that sets out a civil rights-based framework for the internet.

[...] key provisions include protection of net neutrality and the privacy and personal data of individuals - directly contrary to the carte blanche given by ACTA for copyright holders to demand traffic logs from ISPs to identify alleged offenders.

[Pcworld] Legal Expert Says Anti-counterfeit Deal Should Be Scrapped

A leading data protection expert said Tuesday that the international anti-counterfeiting trade agreement (ACTA) is "badly-drafted, breaches many fundamental rights and lawmakers should throw it out and start from scratch."

The study also expresses concern about the "privatization of law," saying that leaving it to ISPs to determine what can be allowed on the mere say so of the rights holder deprives citizens of 'due process'. These are serious issues that are not addressed, Korff said.[...]

[Wired] U.S. Signs International Anti-Piracy Accord

The United States, Australia, Canada, Japan, Morocco, New Zealand, Singapore and South Korea signed the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement on Saturday, an accord targeting intellectual property piracy.

The deal, more than three years in the making and open for signing until May 2013, exports on participating nations an intellectual-property enforcement regime resembling the one in the United States.

[ComputerWorld] Doubts linger over ACTA compatibilty with European Union law

European parliamentarians in the legal affairs committee have once again cast doubt on the efficacy of the controversial ACTA agreement, but stopped short of declaring it illegal.

French Member of the European Parliament (MEP) Françoise Castex said on Monday that she was not sure if the matter needed to go to the European Court of Justice and that the legal department of the Parliament would address the matter.

[BNA] ACTA, TPPA Opponents Cite Broken Promises On Medicines, One-Sided Copyright Provisions

The Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement currently being negotiated by the U.S. Trade Representative is even more restrictive and less attentive to human rights than the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement that so riled the social justice community in the last two years [...]

Jérémie Zimmermann, cofounder of La Quadrature du Net, a French advocacy group for users' digital rights, urged the audience to lobby EU Parliament members to defeat ACTA. “This is a battle we cannot afford to lose,” he said.