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[NYTimes] European Parliament Rejects Anti-Piracy Treaty

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.” [...]

[RussiaToday] Interview of Jérémie Zimmermann

Interview of Jérémie Zimmermann on Russia Today's TV channel.

We are now going to talk to cofounder of the citizen advocacy group La Quadrature du Net, Jérémie Zimmermann who's joining us live from Strasbourg. Thanks for being with us. Now that ACTA's been turned down what's the alternative because several countries were keen to sign up for the anti-copyright law before this?

Well, first of all it is a huge victory for citizenship, for democracy and for freedoms online. We've worked very hard for the last four years to achieve this and it's the whole of the citizens of the Internet in a network global public sphere who achieved this victory. But as you say, this victory must be the beginning of something else and through the victory on ACTA, we hope that the EU policy makers will understand that this endless spiral of repression that is being pushed for the last 15 years by the entertainment industry has to stop, that combatting our cultural practices online is not an option and would only be done at the expense of our fundamental freedoms and of the very fabric of what is a free Internet. We have concrete proposals and they are already on the table of the EU policy makers about reforming copyright, about making our cultural practices legal, that sharing and remix of cultural goods be made legally into the law, so we can end this war against sharing. This is urgent and I hope that through the ACTA battle, the members of the European parliament understood. If you heard the yesterday's debates, you heard members of all the groups, all the parties claiming that copyright has to change. So this is a signal that citizens sent through the Internet to policy makers. This is a symbol of global scale: it goes way beyond the borders of the European Union.

But the protesters, have they got a legitimate solution to this, this is the Internet we're talking about?

Yes, well, the internet today is a global online public sphere. This is where people meet, this is where people discuss, this is where public opinion critalizes, this is where we can discuss concrete proposals as alternative to ill-founded policies. If you look on how ACTA was drafted, it was mostly a few US-based industries and a few unelected representatives who agreed together. What we can do all together in the open with a free decentralized universal Internet will be a much better quality, I can assure you.

As an advocate for cyber freedom, where do you think the line should be drawn where one person's right becomes an infringement?

In copyright, you have this notion of fair use, in author's right it's called the limitations and exceptions, and those are parts where the artist doesn't have his word. The author cannot, for instance, ban you from lending a book, cannot ban you from making a parody of his work, because lending books and parodies are of general interest. So what should govern policy making, is this notion of general interest. When it comes to filesharing online, you have dozens of independant studies including one from the French three-strikes authority, HADOPI, that prove that people who share the more files on the Internet are the peolple who spend the more for culture, the same way that people who borrow the more books in libraries are the peolple who buy more books. So, when we do filesharing between individuals and not for profit, it's actually beneficial for culture because the more people access culture, the more cultural they get, end the more they like authors and artists, and the more they like them, the more they spend for them, to support them. So this practice of filesharing between individuals and not for profit is not only legitimate but it is beneficial for culture and for its economy, therefore for society as a whole. So sharing between individuals and not for profit must be made an exception to copyright. This is a very easy piece of legislation.

Certainly people are going to be arguing that ditching ACTA could be a green light for pirats and frauds to openly defy copyright law. Briefly what do you say to that argument ?

It's the notion of copyright itself that should be revised. We all have the capacity today to participate in culture, to share, to rip, to remix. We all participate to culture and it is our fundamental right to participate in culture. It is article 27 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. We all have the rights to participate in culture and now we have the technology to do so. So it is copyright that should be adapted to society and not the other way around. And not through opaque anti-democratic processes through ACTA but within Parliaments with citizens being heard and I hope that the defeat of ACTA is the beginning of this.

[ComputerActive] European Parliament to decide fate of ACTA

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?, 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 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."

[EPIC][PCINpact] Anti-ACTA : Marielle Gallo denounces « a soft form of terrorism »

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.


[TorrentFreak] Jail For File-Sharing Not Enough, Labels Want ISP-Level Spying Regime

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.

[RussiaToday] ACTA rejected by committee in crucial blow before final EU Parliament vote

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.

[BBC] European trade committee votes to reject piracy treaty

MEPs on a key European parliamentary committee have voted to reject the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (Acta) by 19 votes to 12. [...]

Responding to the vote Peter Bradwell, a campaigner with the Open Rights Group, said: "MEPs have listened to the many, many thousands of people across Europe who have consistently demanded that this flawed treaty is kicked out.
This is the fifth consecutive committee to say Acta should be rejected. It now falls to the vote of the whole European Parliament in early July to slam the door on Acta once and for all, and bring this sorry mess to an end.

But a group of more than 130 organisations representing European industry have urged the European Parliament to wait for the opinion of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) before taking a final decision on the Treaty. [...]

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