Press review about ACTA

[] "Urheberrecht wird von Lobbyisten bestimmt"

Die französische Bürgerrechtsorganisation La Quadrature Du Net macht sich für Grundrechte im Internet und mehr Bürgerbeteiligung an politischen Prozessen stark. Die futurezone hat Jérémie Zimmermann, den Mitgründer und Sprecher der Intiative, zur Urheberrechtsgesetzgebung und netzpolitische Weichenstellungen in der EU sowie zu den Auswirkungen des Netzsperrengesetzes Hadopi in Frankreich befragt.

[Euractiv] Barnier to endorse Spanish-style Internet policing for EU

The European Commission is contemplating making Internet providers police their networks to tackle illegal downloads, a highly contested measure which is currently being scrutinised by the European Court of Justice.

The open Internet advocacy group, la Quadrature du Net, has often argued that infringements should be treated like any other crime in a court of law – innocent until proven guilty – and not on an ad-hoc basis executed by industry players.

[Euractiv] Internet companies must be held accountable, warns Commission

The EU will steer a tough course on insulating the Internet from cyberattacks, policymakers have warned. But observers argue that concrete actions are slow to come.

While NATO defends the use of a kill-switch on the Internet to prevent cyberattacks from spreading, many warn this is a draconian measure which would show countries guilty of curbing Internet access, like China, Iran and Egypt, that the EU does not believe in a free Internet.

[BoingBoing] Wikileaks ACTA cables confirm it was a screwjob for the global poor

Quadrature du Net's repository of #cablegate cables related to ACTA, the secretive copyright treaty reveal that governments all over the world were pissed off that the USA and Japan wouldn't let them discuss the treaty with their citizens and industry.

[V3.Co.Uk] WikiLeaks cables show secret designs behind ACTA

A batch of cables released by WikiLeaks has shown new insights into the motivation for the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) currently under discussion. [...]

The WikiLe aks cables show that the news of the leak caused concern among negotiators [...]

"The history of ACTA as exposed by these US diplomatic cables shows how an opaque and illegitimate process has led to ill-founded and unbalanced repressive provisions," Jérémie Zimmermann, co-founder of La Quadrature du Net, told

[ZdNet] Wikileaks publishes Acta cables

As La Quadrature du Net noted in a statement, the cables "do not bring anything entirely new to our understanding of Acta". However, they do reveal certain interesting details about the lengthy and secretive formulation of the agreement.

[ComputerWeekly] Wikileaks cables reveal Acta negotiators avoided official scrutiny

US negotiators wanted to make the Anti-counterfeiting Trade Agreement (Acta) a "freestanding agreement" to avoid scrutiny from international groupings such as the G-8 or OECD, according to diplomatic cables revealed by Wikileaks.

Wikileaks made available a number of Acta-related cables to the French digital rights campaign group La Quadrature du Net.

[Techdirt] Leaked State Department Cables Confirm That ACTA Was Designed To Pressure Developing Nations

The site La Quadrature Du Net has a rather comprehensive look at a series of leaked State Department cables that confirm what many people said from the beginning about ACTA: that it was designed by US special interests as an "end run" around existing international intellectual property groups [...]

[ArsTechnica] (Secret) US cables reveal: ACTA was far too secret

French digital rights group La Quadrature du Net has compiled a list of relevant WikiLeaks cables regarding ACTA. In one, a top intellectual property official in Italy told the US that "the level of confidentiality in these ACTA negotiations has been set at a higher level than is customary for non-security agreements." [...]

[Ip-Watch] ‘Final final’ ACTA Text Published; More Discussion Ahead For EU

Negotiating partners today released the final text of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) after another week of what they called “legal scrubbing” which in fitting form was once again was performed behind closed doors, this time in Sydney.

Changes made this week were said to not touch on substantial issues. They include, for example, a change in the definition of “pirated copyright goods.” [...]

[CableEurope] Europe’s e-communications providers call on the European Commission to reflect EP demand for ACTA not to modify the EU acquis

Europe's leading e-communications service providers welcome the efforts of both the European Parliament and the Commission to address concerns regarding the potentially negative impact of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement on the EU citizens' rights and on the existing balance between IPR enforcement and user's privacy.

[V3.Co.Uk] Europe close to enacting Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement

Members of the European Parliament have approved the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), overcoming yet another hurdle and making its progress into law an increasing certainty.

However, while the EC confirmed in a statement to the European Parliament that neither personal searches nor the so-called 'three strikes' procedure for illegal downloaders will be introduced by this agreement, the approval was greeted with dismay by rights organisation La Quadrature du Net.

[SpiegelOnline] EU-Parlament gibt Okay zu ACTA

Knapper Vorsprung für die ACTA-Befürworter in Europa: Das EU-Parlament hat mit 331 zu 294 Stimmen das multilaterale Handelsabkommen gegen Produkt- und Markenpiraterie (ACTA) als "Schritt in die richtige Richtung" begrüßt. [...]

Jérémie Zimmermann, ein französischer Bürgerrechtler der Netzgruppe La Quadrature du Net, bezeichnet die Entschließung trotz solcher Einschränkungen als "einen herben Rückschlag für EU-Bürger" .

[Zdnet.Co.Uk] European Parliament passes pro-Acta resolution

The European Parliament has passed a resolution supporting the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, an international treaty that is designed to crack down on counterfeiting and unlawful file-sharing.

"The Commission welcomes the European Parliament resolution on Acta and the confidence expressed so far by MEPs towards the accord," John Clancy, spokesman for EU trade commissioner Karel De Gucht, said in a statement on Thursday.

[] MEPs signal their support for ACTA

The European Parliament today passed a resolution welcoming the almost final text of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA).

The MEPs' vote, which effectively gives the European Commission the green light to agree the final ACTA wording, was described today as a "call to arms for those interested in maintaining freedom of speech and internet-led innovation" by a member of civil liberties advocacy group La Quadrature du Net.