Press review about ACTA

[SPIEGEL ] European Activists Could Thwart US-EU Trade Deal

Consumer watchdogs, Internet activists and European farmers are gearing up to fight the planned trade agreement between Europe and the United States. Many in Europe are worried that politicians will make backroom deals at the expense of consumers. [...]

[Fm4.Orf] Lobbying um europäische Musiklizenzen

Die geplante europäische Regelung für Verwertungsgesellschaften und Rechtstatus von "nutzergenerierten Contents" verläuft erwartet kontroversiell. [...]

Während aus den anderen Themengruppen noch nicht viel zu erfahren war - es gab weder Videostreams, noch Stellungnahmen auf der EU-Website - traf das auf das Arbeitsfeld drei, "Benutzerbestimmte Inhalte" nicht zu.

[ZDNet] After ACTA, EU kicks off 'Licences for Europe' copyright reform

The European Commission has unveiled 'Licences for Europe', an initiative that encourages content stakeholders and consumers to work out short-term solutions to Europe's copyright issues ahead of creating legislation. [...]

Digital rights group La Quadrature du Net slammed the initiative as a "parody of debate" dominated by the entertainment industry. [...]

[ComputerWorldUK] After ACTA: Trans-Atlantic Partnership Agreement

It's not often that trade agreements make it to the front page of the newspapers, but that's what happened on New Year's Day:
« David Cameron has made the establishment of a free trade agreement between Europe and the US a key priority during the UK's leadership of the G8 group of richest nations this year. » [...]

[ITWorld] European Commission drops court challenge of ACTA legality

The European Commission has finally killed ACTA, the controversial Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, by withdrawing its bid to have the treaty's legality confirmed.

ACTA was rejected by the European Parliament in July following widespread protests across Europe. The treaty had been agreed to and signed on behalf of Europe by the European Commission in January 2012. […]

[ZDNet] ACTA gets final stake through heart as EC drops court referral

The European Union is certain not to see an ACTA revival, ever, after the Commission dropped an ECJ referral aimed at establishing the dead agreement's legality. [...]

At least six of the signatories need to ratify ACTA if it is to come into force anywhere. Sadly for those who favour the agreement, the withdrawal of the EU and its 27 member states means there are only eight signatories left. [...]

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[GigaOm] Why the battle over net neutrality isn’t getting settled anytime soon

The European Parliament has passed two resolutions in favor of net neutrality, just as the issue rears its ugly head at the WCIT summit. But neither the pro nor anti factions look likely to get their way. [...]

[HuffingtonPost] Michael Geist: Canada - EU Trade Negotiations Clouded by ACTA Concerns

The Canada - EU Trade Agreement negotiations continue this week in Brussels with both parties hoping to wrap up many outstanding issues. According to information provided by Canadian officials at a briefing earlier next month, the plan is to narrow the areas of disagreement to no more than ten issues, with ministers meeting in Europe in November to try to forge an agreement on the contentious areas. [...]

[TechEye] ACTA back from the dead in Europe - Politicians and Big Content repackage controversial bill

It seems that the European Commission believes that its elected politicians and consumer groups are stupid. [...] According to the Human Rights group the EFF, the Canada-European Union and Trade Agreement (CETA) has cut and pasted all the nasty stuff which was in ACTA which managed to get everyone upset. [...]

The Dutch government has stated that it would not accept CETA if the provisions are included.

[IntellectualPropertyWatch] ACTA: Will It Ever Become A Valid International Treaty?

A quiet and little-publicised ratification process might be the last hope for those pushing for international adoption of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA). But while the Japanese legislature managed to finalise their ratification recently, processes in several ACTA signatory states seem to be stalled. Some may ask whether ACTA will ever become an international treaty. [...]

[EFF] Hardware Hacker, Anti-ACTA Activist, and Groundbreaking Anonymity Group Win EFF Pioneer Awards

EFF to Honor Andrew (bunnie) Huang, Jérémie Zimmermann, and the Tor Project at San Francisco Ceremony. [...]

[RFI] French telecoms and broadcasting authorities to be merged (LQDN mediakit, transcription)

Jérémie Zimmerman, co-founder of La Quadrature du Net, an internet users' rights watchdog urges French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault to abandon a planned merger of telecoms and the broadcasting authorities which, he says, smells like censorship.


[BoingBoing] LEAKED! TPP: the Son of ACTA will oblige America and other countries to throw out privacy, free speech and due process for easier copyright enforcement

The Trans-Pacific Partnership is the son of ACTA, a secretive copyright and trade treaty being negotiated by the Pacific Rim nations, including the USA and Canada. As with ACTA, the secretive negotiation process means that the treaty's provisions represent an extremist corporate agenda where due process, privacy and free expression are tossed out the window in favor of streamlined copyright enforcement. If this passes, America will have a trade obligation to implement all the worst stuff in SOPA, and then some.

[Ip-watch] Divergent Approaches To Copyright Reform Emerge In Europe

Two very different views of copyright reform emerged this week, one from a report commissioned by the UK government, the other from a French citizens’ advocacy group. […]

La Quadrature du Net’s Reasonable Alternative

Now that the European Parliament has rejected the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), it is time to consider a new copyright regulatory and policy framework suited to the digital era, French advocacy group La Quadrature du Net (LQDN) said in a 31 July paper.

[JetztSueddeutsche] „Der Sieg gegen Acta war ein Präzedenzfall“

Nachdem Acta gestoppt ist, kämpft die Netz-Community gegen die nächste Bedrohung. Am Wochenende sind europaweite Demonstrationen gegen Indect geplant. Das EU-Überwachungsprogramm soll bestehende Überwachungstechnologien zu einem Instrument verbinden, sodass die Bevölkerung möglichst lückenlos überwacht werden kann. Einer der schärfsten Acta-Kritiker Europas, Jérémie Zimmermann, glaubt, dass die Proteste gegen Acta erst der Anfang waren. [...]

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