May 9, 2012

ENDitorial: ACTA is not dead

This article is also available in: Deutsch: [ENDitorial: ACTA ist noch nicht am Ende |] Next week, the European Parliament’s Development Committee (DEVE), the first of the five Committees responsible for providing opinions on the proposed ACTA agreement will vote on its draft recommendation. As of today, it appears more likely than not that […]

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June 14, 2012

Open letter to Christofer Fjellner MEP

Swedish text below Dear Mr Fjellner, I am writing to you with regard to your recent blog post on ACTA. First of all thank you for providing a clarification after you tabled an amendment for the International Trade Committee vote next week calling for ACTA to be ratified. We are heartened to read that you […]

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April 11, 2012

9 June 2012 – European Action Day Against ACTA

This article is also available in: Deutsch: [9. Juni 2012: Europäischer Aktionstag gegen ACTA |] On 9 June, there will be another day of action which will give protesters the opportunity to gather across Europe to voice their opposition to the proposed Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA). Civil society protests erupted in February 2012 to […]

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July 4, 2012

Thank you SOPA, thank you ACTA

This article is also available in: Deutsch: [Danke SOPA, danke ACTA |] The digital rights world can be grateful that the intellectual property lobby employs too many lobbyists and too few strategists. Lobbyists are salespeople, the sell potential clients or employers amazing things, international agreements, Directives, the ability to stop time and enjoy old […]

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November 4, 2009

ENDitorial: ACTA revealed, European ISPs might have a big problem

This article is also available in: Deutsch: [ENDitorial: ACTA enthüllt, europäische Internet-Service-Provider dürften ein großes Problem haben |] Negotiations on the highly controversial Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement have started in Seoul, South Korea. This week’s closed negotiations will focus on “enforcement in the digital environment.” Negotiators will be discussing the Internet provisions drafted by the […]

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September 26, 2012

The Netherlands against ACTA in all its forms

This article is also available in: Deutsch: [Niederlande gegen ACTA in jeder Form |] In response to an open letter sent by EDRi-member Bits of Freedom (BoF), the Dutch government has confirmed that it opposes any controversial ACTA-provisions in whatever form. This confirmation was provoked by the news, only six days after ACTA was […]

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March 10, 2010

ENDitorial: ACTA, the Euro Parliament resolution and political clarity

This article is also available in: Deutsch: [ENDitorial: ACTA, die Resolution des Europäischen Parlaments und politische Klarheit |] The European Parliament adopted a widely-reported Resolution on ACTA on 10 March. It contained several positive elements. For example, it insists that the Agreement not go beyond the requirements of existing EU law and demands an […]

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March 28, 2012

ENDitorial: European Parliament defends itself and democracy from ACTA

This article is also available in: Deutsch: [ENDitorial: Europäisches Parlament verteidigt sich und die Demokratie gegen ACTA |] The decision of this week of the European Parliament not to refer ACTA to the European Court of Justice was a decision which has ramifications far beyond the ACTA dossier itself. It is one which will […]

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January 18, 2012

What's Wrong with ACTA Week

This article is also available in: Deutsch: [What’s Wrong with ACTA Week – Aktionswoche “Was läuft falsch bei ACTA” |] Since many politicians and citizens are not yet aware of ACTA’s serious implications, EDRi has launched a “What’s Wrong with ACTA Week”. We have put together five one-page briefing documents which briefly summarise the […]

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February 29, 2012

The Netlog and Scarlet/Sabam rulings & ACTA – what have we learned?

This article is also available in: Deutsch: [ACTA & die Entscheidungen zu Netlog und Scarlet/Sabam – was wir daraus gelernt haben |] There has been a great degree of noise around the recent Netlog/Sabam ruling from the European Court of Justice and what this may prove or disprove about ACTA. This article will seek […]

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October 19, 2011

European Parliament legal service confirms: ACTA may or may not be legal

This article is also available in: Deutsch: [Juristischer Dienst des EP bestätigt: ACTA könnte rechtmäßig sein. Oder auch nicht. |] Several weeks ago, the International Trade Committee of the European Parliament asked for an opinion from the Parliament’s internal legal service regarding ACTA’s legality and whether or not documents must be made public. At […]

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November 30, 2011

Dutch Parliament: no discussions on ACTA if negotiations are still secret

This article is also available in: Deutsch: [ACTA: Niederländisches Parlament lehnt geheime Verhandlungen ab |] ACTA is creating quite some noise, not only internationally but also domestically. National Parliaments, including the Dutch Parliament, will have to decide whether they will approve ACTA or not. In order to correctly assess the implications of ACTA, the […]

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