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AJ Stream: ACTA protests go global

Civil society beating back ACTA assault

by Grahnlaw
On and off line beating back ACTA is the greatest pan-European civil society campaign ever.

We note that media interest is widening.

The Economist: Internet freedom and copyright law: ACTA up ? Protests across Europe may kill anti-piracy treaty

Financial Times, Stanley Pignal and Jan Cienski: Latest pact on internet piracy set to be derailed


Driving nails into the ACTA coffin

from Jon Worth by JonWhen ACTA rapporteur Kader Arif threw in the towel a couple of weeks ago my initial thought was ?OK, this is it, the European Parliament is about to capitulate?. You can read more about Arif?s reasons here.
I couldn?t have been more wrong.

Massive Street Protests Wage War On ACTA Anti-Piracy Treaty

from TorrentFreak by Ernesto
Last month the European Union officially signed the controversial ?anti-piracy? trade agreement ACTA.



from Boing Boing by Cory Doctorow
Today is the day of global protest against ACTA, the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, a copyright treaty negotiated in secret (even parliaments and other legislatures weren’t allowed to see the the working drafts), and which many governments (include the American government) are planning to adopt without legislative approval or debate. ACTA represents a wish-list of legislative gifts to the entertainment industry, and will seriously undermine legitimate users of the Internet. It imposes criminal sanctions — with jail time — for people who violate copyright, including remixers and other legitimate artists and creators. ACTA requires governments to shut down legitimate websites whose users “aid and abet” copyright infringement, creating a regime of fear and censorship for sites that accept comments and other media from users and curtailing discussion and debate in order to maximize entertainment industry profits.


Debating Europe: Should EU countries ratify ACTA?

from – Today’s posts
The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) is an international agreement on global copyright enforcement that covers everything from digital piracy and drug patents to counterfeit designer goods. It?s certainly a controversial treaty, judgi…


Over 100 NGOs ask WIPO to postpone secretive South Africa meeting

from Boing Boing by Cory Doctorow
Over 100 NGOs have asked the UN’s World Intellectual Property Organization to postpone a summit in South Africa on the grounds that notice of the meeting was not published, the agenda has been set without any transparency, and the speakers all favor a single, narrow view on copyright and patents.

Germany delays signing ACTA anti-piracy bill

Germany has delayed signing an international copyright treaty that has some Internet users worried about online censorship, joining Poland and the Czech Republic in hesitating on the issue.



from Boing Boing by Cory Doctorow
Stop ACTA & TPP: Tell your country’s officials: NEVER use secretive trade agreements to meddle with the Internet. Our freedoms depend on it!


Latest pact on internet piracy set to be derailed

from – World, Europe
The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement is the latest in a string of measures planned to combat online piracy could falter in the face of co-ordinated protests

ACTA demonstrations and EU online music licensing

by Grahnlaw
All around Europe demonstrations are planned, especially for Saturday, 11 February 2012, against the Anti-Counterfeiting (and much more) Trade Agreement ACTA. As never before, Europeans keep tweeting #ACTA calls to sign the @Avaaz online petition for the European Parliament (and the national parliaments) to reject the anti-piracy treaty.

Socialists say ‘Stop ACTA’ (News)

The leader of the Party of European Socialists, Sergei Stanishev, told EurActiv he was “proud” that his European political family was the first to come up with a clear position on the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), which he says is against the interests of European citizens.


Forcing ACTA on EU citizens

by Grahnlaw
Was it too much to tweet the following to @davidmartinmep ? the new ACTA rapporteur in the European Parliament: 100 demonstrations this week & 1.8 million signatures against cause for rejection of current IPR agenda?


The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement

from The European Citizen by Eurocentric
I once had a work experience were I had to read through several contracts selling and assigning the right to turn a book into a TV programme and then give a presentation on who owned/did/does what. I’d only done a year at university and hadn’t covered contract law or intellectual property law, so I was given a few textbooks on contract law and on copyright. As well as being one of the most interesting work experiences I ever did, it’s also the only time I did anything to do with intellectual property law – while I was interested to read ACTA (PDF), I was a bit wary since I don’t have the time to read into all the surrounding legislation and the debate on IPR. I do agree with this article over at The Atlantic, though: while some of the claims against ACTA might be a bit overblown, the trend in international IPR law is worryingly focused on the enforcement side, and ratcheting up enforcement standards without ever adapting to the issues brought up by our digital age. (A major debate is on whether copyrights do in fact encourage innovation and investment, or if the current laws actually detract from such innovation).

Aaron Swartz on the strategy and tactics of fighting SOPA and beyond

from Boing Boing by Cory Doctorow
Aaron Swartz, the young activist and entrepreneur who kicked off the fight against SOPA and PIPA, talks strategy and tactics with the MIT Technology Review, and makes a lot of important points about the way that the future’s information wars will be fought.

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