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[DerSpiegel] Digitale Druckwelle

Sechs Jahre haben sie verhandelt, meist hinter verschlossenen Türen. Es ging um gefälschte Sonnenbrillen, Designer-Taschen, Markenuhren und um Urheberrechte in der digitalen Welt. 39 Staaten – darunter die EU-Mitglieder, die USA und Japan – wollten es ihren Behör- den mit dem Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (Acta) erleichtern, gegen Pro-duktfälscher vorzugehen und Copyright- Bestimmungen durchzusetzen. [...]

Der Franzose Jérémie Zimmermann,Sprecher von La Quadrature, der vor vierJahren eine der ersten Websites gegenActa freischaltete, räumt ein, selbst er ha-be geglaubt, der Zug sei längst abgefahren. [...]

Der französische Netzaktivist Zimmermann reiste im Zuge der Kampagne inrund die Hälfte der beteiligten Staaten,seine Organisation La Quadrature, die zuetwa gleichen Teilen von einer Stiftungdes Multimilliardärs George Soros undvielen Kleinspendern finanziert wird, ver-fasste mehr als 125 Pressemitteilungenund diverse Analysen. Sie ließ Aktivistenaus anderen europäischen Ländern nachStraßburg einfliegen. Klassisches Lobby-ing, von Shitstorm keine Spur. [...]

"Das ist der Anfang von etwas, nichtsein Ende“, sagt Zimmermann, bei demjetzt Glückwünsche aus aller Welt eintru-deln. Zumindest in einem Punkt will erjetzt, noch voller Euphorie, von den gro-ßen Lobbyfirmen lernen. "Bislang warenwir immer nur dagegen, künftig wollenwir positive Gegenvorschläge machen.“Die nächsten Kampagnenziele stehenfest, die neuen EU-Urheberrechtspläne("Ipred“) hält er für "schlimmer als Acta“. [...]


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[TheStar] Controversial copyright rules threaten Canada - European trade deal

In October 2007, several leading economies, including the U.S., European Union, and Canada, announced plans to negotiate the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA). [...]

With public pressure mounting, the European Parliament voted overwhelmingly last week to reject ACTA, striking a major blow to the hopes of supporters who envisioned a landmark agreement that would set a new standard for intellectual property rights enforcement. [...]

Meanwhile, the U.S. and EU recently announced their own plans to negotiate a trade deal but agreed to keep intellectual property issues out of the talks. If CETA becomes known as ACTA II, the future of the Canada – EU trade deal may hinge on adopting a similar approach.

http://www.thestar.com/business/article/1223118--controversial-copyright...

[V3] Quick guide to ACTA and other internet legislation

Earlier this week the European Parliament (EP) voted overwhelmingly to reject the controversial Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) with 478 MEPs voting against the treaty, to just 39 in favour. This vote led to huge acclaim from internet advocacy groups, with the likes of the Open Right's Group (ORG), the Pirate Party and La Quadrature du Net all welcoming the vote from those in the parliament. [...]

However, while ACTA may appear to be on its way out, there are numerous other pieces of internet legislation that have internet groups concerned that are working their way through the legal process or already on the statue books. [...]

http://www.v3.co.uk/v3-uk/analysis/2189873/quick-guide-acta-internet-leg...

[ZeroPaid] La Quadrature Du Net - Let's Build Better Copyright Laws

After what many call as the death blow to Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) thanks to an overwhelming rejection in the European Parliament, some might call the battle for balanced copyright over for now. La Quadrature Du Net, however, argues that this is a great time to build more acceptable copyright laws. [...]

Beyond ACTA, we must stop this repressive trend which keeps imposing measures that harm the Internet and fundamental freedoms. Citizens must demand a reform of copyright which will foster online cultural practices such as sharing and remixing, instead of endlessly repressing them. The ACTA victory must be the beginning of a new era, in which policy-makers put freedoms and the open Internet –our common good– ahead of private interests.” concluded Jérémie Zimmermann, spokesperson for the citizen advocacy group. [...]

http://www.zeropaid.com/news/101524/la-quadrature-du-net-lets-build-bett...

[RussiaToday] ACTA demolished: 'Huge victory for democracy and freedom online'

ACTA’s failure in the European Parliament is a huge victory for democracy and online freedom, Jeremie Zimmermann told RT. [...] Zimmermann insists that copyrights should be adapted to society, but “not the other way around,” and this should be done through democratic processes. [...]

"Well, first of all, this is a huge victory for the citizenship, for democracy and for freedom online. We worked very hard for the last four years to achieve this. The whole citizens of the Internet network, the public global sphere achieved this victory." [...]

"So, when we do file sharing between individuals and not for profits this is beneficial for culture. This practice of file sharing between individuals and not for profit is not only legitimate, but it is beneficial for culture and economy and therefore for the whole society. So, sharing files between individuals not for profit must be made an exception to copyright." [...]

http://www.rt.com/news/acta-killed-freedom-online-434/

[RussiaToday] ACTA killed: MEPs destroy treaty in final vote

ACTA has received a knockout blow from the European Parliament as the majority of MEPs voted in favor of rejecting the controversial trade agreement, which critics say would protect copyright at the expense of freedom of speech on the Internet. […]

“This is a huge victory for the citizenship, for democracy and for freedom online. We worked very hard for the last four years to achieve this,” Jeremie Zimmermann, a co-founder and spokesperson for civil advocacy group La Quadrature du Net, told RT.

http://www.rt.com/news/acta-eu-parliament-vote-400/

[Wired] Acta officially dead after being rejected by European Parliament

The European Parliament has rejected the controversial Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (Acta) by a vote of 478 to 39, which means that it cannot become law in the EU. This is the first time that the Parliament has exercised its Lisbon Treaty power to reject an international trade agreement. [...]

Philippe Aigrain, co-founder and strategy adviser for La Quadrature du Net added: "European institutions must now recognise that the alliance between citizens, civil society organizations and the EU Parliament is at the core of a new democratic era in Europe. European copyright policy must now be built with the participation of citizens."

Jérémie Zimmermann, a spokesperson for La Quadrature du Net, added that the Acta victory "must be the beginning of a new era in which policy-makers put freedoms of the open internet ahead of private interests".

http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2012-07/04/acta-dead

[BBC] Acta: Controversial anti-piracy agreement rejected by EU

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'."

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-18704192

[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.” [...]

https://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/05/technology/european-parliament-reject...

[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.

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