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The European Parliament has voted to reject the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (Acta).
The proposed agreement sought to curb piracy, but internet campaigners said it posed a threat to online freedoms. The rejection vote followed a failed attempt to postpone the decision because of ongoing investigations into Acta by the European Court of Justice. [...]
As the decision was made, some of those in attendance held banners reading: "Hello democracy, goodbye Acta". [...]
"Without this opposition, our representatives would have waved this agreement through. It is now clear that it is becoming increasingly politically poisonous to be 'anti-internet'."
European legislators on Wednesday rejected an international treaty to crack down on digital piracy, a vote that Internet freedom groups hailed as a victory for democracy but that media companies lamented as a setback for the creative industries. [...]
After the vote, some members of the Parliament stood up in the chamber, displaying placards reading “Hello democracy, goodbye ACTA.” [...]
“It’s a crushing victory,” said Jérémie Zimmermann, spokesman for La Quadrature du Net, a group in Paris that was active in the treaty protests. “It’s a political symbol on an enormous scale, in which citizens of the world, connected by the Internet, have managed to defeat these powerful, entrenched industries.” [...]
Interview of Jérémie Zimmermann on Russia Today's TV channel.
The European Parliament (EP) will decide the fate of the ACTA treaty on Wednesday.
Five EU parliamentary committees, including the International Trade (INTA) committee of the EP, have already recommended that the deeply unpopular and controversial treaty should be rejected. [...]
"A definitive rejection of ACTA would represent a tremendous victory for citizens around the globe, and for European democracy and citizenship," said French digital advocacy group La Quadrature du Net.
The online pressure group said that while it is "time to reform copyright and patent regimes", this should be in favour of citizens, and contributors and policymakers should develop "a framework fit for the digital age". [...]
[HuffingtonPost] ACTA: Deliberating Out in the Open Over an Agreement Negotiated Behind Closed Doors
The fate of the controversial ACTA anti-counterfeiting agreement will finally be decided during the July plenary when the European Parliament puts it to a vote. Without the Parliament's approval, it will not be able to enter into force in the EU. [...]
As the Parliament received several petitions asking MEPs to reject ACTA, including one signed by about 3 million people, the petitions committee organised a meeting to give the organisers a chance to air their views.
With the vote during the July plenary, Parliament's role in ACTA is nearly finished. The four parliamentary committees advising on the agreement and the lead committee have all come out against ACTA. However, as these recommendations are not binding, what MEPs will decide to do remains uncertain.. What is sure, however, is that the Parliament stuck to its intention to make its deliberation process as transparent as possible. Maybe not everyone will agree with the result of the final vote, but at least they will be able to understand how MEPs came to a decision.
[TechDirt] ACTAfacts? ACTAfiction? Or Just Unsourced Pro-ACTA Propaganda Purporting To Be Objective?
actafacts.com, a new pro-ACTA website, made the rounds earlier this month, along with a new report claiming ACTA would create billions of euros in growth and hundreds of thousands of new jobs. [...] This week actafacts.com resurfaced on fliers at the European Parliament and on the entrance door to the EU Trade committee, prior to an important vote on whether to recommend the European Parliament to reject or accept ACTA on July 4th. [...] Oh, and the container ship image? Yeah, it's infringing according to Jeremie Zimmermann. [...]
Yes, that's right, in a refreshing moment of candor, Hardy appears to be admitting that all he cared about was making sure the number was "big enough," not particularly "accurate." That seems like a "fact" worth keeping in mind when you judge these "actafacts."
What is your state of mind after ACTA's rejection in committees?
This case is not over at all. There is going to be this plenary vote, for which, don't worry, I don't hold much hope. [...] Now, if this is a result of the disinformation campaign we have been enduring for the past months [...]
We're supposeed to represent citizens, but since they are busy with other things, we are supposed to think for them! [...]
One might trust lawyers to define notions in a more precise manner… You talk about disinformation, I have a naive question: a campaign by whom, for what?
Listen, you must be aware that even the Anonymous went down into the Polish Parliament! It's not only a disinformation campaign. It's a soft form of terrorism that frightens people. People are being scared. It's a fantasy. ACTA has become a fantasy. And that, that's propagated by the whole Internet network. I have an excellent relationship with Jérémie Zimmermann, but I don't have his firepower.
[TechDirt] EU Commissioner Reveals He Will Simply Ignore Any Rejection Of ACTA By European Parliament Next Week
The day before the EU's International Trade committee (INTA) recommended that the European Parliament should reject ACTA, the EU commissioner with responsibility for the treaty, Karel De Gucht, had given a speech to its members, trying to win them over. Although it was short, it turns out to be highly revealing about the European Commission's future ACTA strategy. Here's what he said:
If you decide for a negative vote before the European Court rules, let me tell you that the Commission will nonetheless continue to pursue the current procedure before the Court, as we are entitled to do. A negative vote will not stop the proceedings before the Court of Justice.
From October, knowingly uploading or simply downloading copyrighted material from the Internet will be a criminal offense subject to jail sentences in Japan. But despite now having the ultimate deterrent, it’s still not enough for the Recording Industry Association of Japan. The group is now pressing for ISPs to install spying technologies that will automatically block unauthorized uploads. [...]
Several music rights groups including the Recording Industry Association of Japan say they have developed a system capable of automatically detecting unauthorized music uploads before they even hit the Internet. In order to do that though, Internet service providers are being asked to integrate the system into their networks. [...]
Rightsholders have tried to get service providers to install this kind of system before, most notably resulting in the legal battle between music rights group SABAM and Belgian ISP Scarlet. That case ended in 2011 with the European Court of Justice declaring that spying on Internet users would breach their privacy and violate the fundamental rights of both the ISP and its subscribers.
The International Trade Committee (INTA) of the European Parliament recommends rejecting ACTA.
The committee rejected the controversial legislation 19 votes to 12. This is the fourth and final committee to deliver its report on the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), and will likely affect the European Parliament’s vote early July. [...]
“The way is now paved for a quick and total rejection of ACTA by the European Parliament! With a political symbol of such a global scale, the way will be open for copyright to be reformed in a positive way, in order to encourage our cultural practices instead of blindly repressing them,” concludes Jeremie Zimmermann, co-founder and spokesperson of the citizen advocacy group La Quadrature du Net told RT.