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[France24] Bulgaria formally throws out online piracy pact

Bulgaria's government formally decided Wednesday to end all consultation and ratification procedures on the controversial ACTA pact against online piracy and counterfeiting, its press office said. [...]

Bulgaria was among 22 EU member states to sign the agreement in January aimed at combatting counterfeiting in general and ending online piracy.

But the government froze its ratification process in mid-February, following street rallies and widespread public fears that it may curtail online freedoms by attacking illegal downloading and Internet file-sharing. [...]

[PCWorld] No ISP Police Rule in Canada-EU Trade Agreement Says Spokesman

A European Commission spokesman said on Wednesday that some elements of an E.U.-Canada trade deal that activists claimed infringed digital civil liberties have been removed. [...]

"These negotiations have been going on for more than three years and it is only today following media coverage of the leak that we have any indication about what is in the text. So I want to see proof that these articles have been removed," said Jérémie Zimmermann, co-founder of La Quadrature du Net. [...]

The Canada-EU Trade Agreement (CETA) is still in the early stages and will not be put before the European Parliament until the beginning of 2014.

[ComputerWorld] European Commission Covertly Pushing ACTA?

Digital civil liberties groups have said that a trade deal being thrashed out between Europe and Canada is an attempt to introduce the controversial anti-piracy agreement ACTA by the back door. [...]

"The worst and most damaging parts for our freedoms online are word for word the same in ACTA and CETA. This trick to bring back ACTA through the backdoor is in line with Trade Commissioner De Gucht's declaration after the vote on July 4, that he has no consideration whatsoever for citizens and the Parliament and is just the copyright lobbies' lapdog. CETA must be opposed and defeated, just like ACTA," said Jérémie Zimmermann, co-founder of La Quadrature du Net, in a statement. [...]

[TheIndependant] EU accused of pushing anti-piracy Agreement through back-door

The European Union has been accused of trying to push through a controversial deal, which would force internet service providers to hand over the personal details of anyone suspected of infringing copyright online, by the back door. [...]

The European Parliament has spoken very loudly. To put back the same provisions in a much larger trade agreement will make it more difficult to reject. If CETA is successful, then one would think that the European Commission would come back and say ‘well, you just passed that, so you cannot object to ACTA’,” said Michael Geist a law professor at the University of Ottawa, who uncovered the documents. [...]

[ZDNet] ACTA reborn: Commission refuses to discuss EU-Canada trade agreement leaks

CETA, a free-trade deal being thrashed out between the EU and Canada, appears to contain precisely the same copyright crackdown provisions as ACTA, the international treaty rejected by the European Parliament last week. [...]

The leak apparently shows a CETA draft dating back to February, and Canadian law professor Michael Geist published a comprehensive-looking table on Monday, showing just how similar the text is to that of ACTA. [...]

Handily, Geist's comparison of the two texts demonstrates that, although ACTA has been defeated in the EU due to public hostility towards its provisions, the very same provisions could be brought into the EU anyway if CETA comes into force. [...]

[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“. [...]

DerSpiegle - Digitale Druckwelle p.76

DerSpiegle - Digitale Druckwelle p.77

[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.

[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. [...]

[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. [...]

[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." [...]

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