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[Novinite] Bulgaria Anti-ACTA Rallies Get Anemic

No more than 150 Bulgarians joined the second protest against the controversial international Anti-counterfeiting Trade Agreement, ACTA, held on Saturday in the capital Sofia.

The rally was held under the initiative of "No to ACTA," and was part of global demonstrations held on February 25.

Similar, small-scale anti-ACTA protests were held in the towns of Blagoevgrad, Vidin, Dobrich and Sandanski.

Activists say they are pleased with the reaction of Bulgaria's cabinet to withdraw from ACTA, but insist for a definitive and final rejection of the ratification of the agreement. [...]

http://www.novinite.com/view_news.php?id=136994

[TechPresident] Amid Protests and a Court Case, ACTA Set to Come Before EU Parliament

So far, ACTA has raised many concerns among European citizens who have voiced their concerns online and in the streets. A global day of protest on Feb. 11 has already garnered headlines, and a second massive demonstration has been planned for this Saturday. This is another stage of a growing grassroots movement started about a month ago, when the treaty was signed by 22 out of 27 EU member states.

Next June, the European Parliament will have to vote to ratify or reject the treaty, but what seemed to be little more than a technicality now represents a crucial moment in a public debate on Internet freedom and digital rights. [...]

Earlier this week, the French organization La Quadrature du Net launched a call to action, asking people to voice their concerns to their MEPs, in a week where they have scheduled meetings with constituency in their home countries. This was just the latest initiative of the NGO, one of the main hubs of the movement. [...]

http://techpresident.com/news/21825/amid-protests-and-court-case-acta-se...

[TechPresident] Amid Protests and a Court Case, ACTA Set to Come Before EU Parliament

Next week the European Parliament will start discussing the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, or ACTA, a controversial treaty that would set new international standards for dealing with copyright infringements.
So far, ACTA has raised many concerns among European citizens who have voiced their concerns online and in the streets. [...]

Earlier this week, the French organization La Quadrature du Net launched a call to action, asking people to voice their concerns to their MEPs, in a week where they have scheduled meetings with constituency in their home countries. This was just the latest initiative of the NGO, one of the main hubs of the movement. [...]

In an email interview, MEP Marielle Gallo, a supporter of the treaty, wrote: "What is also at stake right now is the legitimacy of the European institutions [...]"

http://techpresident.com/news/21825/amid-protests-and-court-case-acta-se...

[Deutsche Welle] Germany considers two strike online piracy law

A study proposing a two strikes model against Internet piracy in Germany is being welcomed by the Ministry of Economics. The study arrives as others in Europe hesitate to ratify the controversial ACTA treaty. [...]
The German study looked very closely at the French model of Hadopi, the three strikes law that has been in effect there since late 2010.[...]

Jérémie Zimmerman, of the French digital rights organization La Quadrature du Net, contends that a strike system is repressive, no matter the number of warnings, calling it "a slippery slope towards increased control and censorship of online communications," in an e-mail sent to DW.

"'Two strikes' or 'four strikes' - whatever strikes approach can only be the wrong solution to the wrong problem," Zimmerman said. "The only solution to end this stupid 'war against sharing,' that depletes the resources of the state in an attempt to safeguard obsolete business models, would be to move away from the repressive approach." [...]

http://www.dw.de/dw/article/0,,15761430,00.html

[Español][Publico] Las críticas al tratado ACTA paralizan su entrada en vigor

La movilización en redes sociales e internet contra el tratado global antipiratería dio ayer sus frutos. La Comisión Europea, que negoció junto a los países de la UE el texto, decidió pedir al Tribunal de Justicia comunitario un estudio sobre su legalidad. [...]

Para La Quadrature du Net, una de las asociaciones más activas, el gesto de De Gucht es una maniobra de distracción que busca aprobar el texto cuando amainen las críticas. "La Comisión siempre ha rechazado llevar a cabo un análisis de impacto en las libertades fundamentales, pero ahora está aterrorizada por las críticas ciudadanas y ha decidido ganar tiempo", señaló la organización en un comunicado.[...]

La Comisión insiste en que ACTA no cambiará ninguna ley en vigor cuando sea ratificado. [...] "Si redacción vaga puede ser interpretada de muchas maneras represivas", aseguró Jeremie Zimermann, portavoz de La Quadrature. Según las asociaciones, [...] ACTA es perjudicial no por lo que impone, sino por las políticas que inspirará en los próximos años. [...]

Fuentes de la Comisión reconocen que "de someterse pronto a votación, el texto tendría dificultades en salir adelante". [...]

http://www.publico.es/culturas/423478/las-criticas-al-tratado-acta-paral...

[BBC.co.uk] Acta: EU court to rule on anti-piracy agreement

The European Union's highest court has been asked to rule on the legality of a controversial anti-piracy agreement.

The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (Acta) has been criticised by rights campaigners who argue it could stifle free expression on the internet.

EU trade head Karel De Gucht said the court will be asked to clarify whether the treaty complied with "the EU's fundamental rights and freedoms". [...]

Viviane Reding, the commissioner for justice, fundamental rights and citizenship, took to Twitter to outline her worries on the treaty.
"For me, blocking the Internet is never an option," she wrote in a statement.
"We need to find new, more modern and more effective ways in Europe to protect artistic creations that take account of technological developments and the freedoms of the internet." [...]

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-17125469

[GlobalEdmonton] EU, facing opposition, suspends ratification of copyright treaty, refers to Court of Justice

The European Commission, facing opposition in city streets, on the Internet and in the halls of parliament, has suspended efforts to ratify a new international anti-counterfeiting agreement, and instead will refer it to Europe's highest court to see whether it violates any fundamental EU rights. [...]

[...] Opponents fear ACTA would lead to censorship and a loss of privacy on the Internet. And the plan to gain court approval of the agreement has left at least some of them unimpressed.

"No legal debate can fix ACTA or give it a legitimacy that by design it cannot have," said Jeremie Zimmermann, co-founder of the Internet advocacy group La Quadrature du Net.

http://www.globaltvedmonton.com/world/eu+facing+opposition+suspends+rati...

[Msnbc.com] EU suspends copyright treaty ratification

The European Commission, facing opposition in city streets, on the Internet and in the halls of parliament, has suspended efforts to ratify a new international anti-counterfeiting agreement, and instead will refer it to Europe's highest court to see whether it violates any fundamental EU rights. [...]

[...] Opponents fear ACTA would lead to censorship and a loss of privacy on the Internet. And the plan to gain court approval of the agreement has left at least some of them unimpressed.

"No legal debate can fix ACTA or give it a legitimacy that by design it cannot have," said Jeremie Zimmermann, co-founder of the Internet advocacy group La Quadrature du Net.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/46479956/ns/world_news-europe/#.T0VLVB3SV6g

[HuffingtonPost] ACTA Copyright Treaty In Doubt As EU Suspends Ratification

The European Commission, facing opposition in city streets, on the Internet and in the halls of parliament, has suspended efforts to ratify a new international anti-counterfeiting agreement, and instead will refer it to Europe's highest court to see whether it violates any fundamental EU rights. [...]

[...] Opponents fear ACTA would lead to censorship and a loss of privacy on the Internet. And the plan to gain court approval of the agreement has left at least some of them unimpressed.

"No legal debate can fix ACTA or give it a legitimacy that by design it cannot have," said Jeremie Zimmermann, co-founder of the Internet advocacy group La Quadrature du Net.

http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2012/02/22/acta-copyright-treaty-eu-suspend...

[GlobalPost] European Union sends ACTA to Europe's highest court for a decision

The European Union is sending the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, known as ACTA, to Europe's highest court for a decision, the Associated Press reported. [...]

"We are planning to ask Europe's highest court to assess ACTA's compatibility with the EU's fundamental rights and freedoms, such as freedom of expression and information or that of protection," De Gucht told reporters at a press conference, Reuters reported. [...]

"No legal debate can fix ACTA or give it a legitimacy that by design it cannot have," said Jeremie Zimmermann, co-founder of the Internet advocacy group La Quadrature du Net, according to the Huffington Post.

http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/europe/120222/european-u...

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