June 4, 2008

BitTorrent tracker sites threatened by draft ACTA agreement

(Dieser Artikel ist auch in deutscher Sprache verfügbar) A new international trade agreement, the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), which is now under discussion might strengthen criminal sanctions against BitTorrent tracker sites for exploiting copyright material online. The tracker sites state they do not profit from Internet users sharing music, movies and software, saying that the […]

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April 10, 2013 · Blogs

DFRI asks EP President Schulz for missing ACTA documents

This article is also available in: Deutsch: [DFRI verlangt fehlende ACTA-Dokumente von EP-Präsident Schulz | https://www.unwatched.org/EDRigram_11.7_DFRI_verlangt_fehlende_ACTA-Dokumente_von_EP-Praesident_Schulz?pk_campaign=edri&pk_kwd=20130410] Swedish EDRi-member DFRI (Föreningen för digitala fri- och rättigheter) has asked the president of the European Parliament about a question from the Court of Justice of the European Union to the Commission that, according to a Commission spokesperson, made […]

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September 8, 2010

ENDitorial: ACTA endgame – The devil is in the detail

This article is also available in: Deutsch: [ ENDitorial: Endspiel um ACTA – Der Teufel steckt im Detail | http://www.unwatched.org/node/2170] The last week has seen a flurry of activity surrounding ACTA, with the leak of the latest negotiating text, as well as the adoption of a Written Declaration by the European Parliament. Some parts of […]

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October 3, 2011

Parliament responds to EDRi's ACTA document request

The European Parliament has finally responded to our request for documents in relation to the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA). Access to documents is very important since much of the wording of the agreement is very unclear. In such cases, preparatory documents are used to discover the intentions of the negotiators. Without access to those documents […]

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January 16, 2012

What's Wrong with ACTA Week

Introduction The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) is a plurilateral international agreement which wants to set a “gold standard” for the enforcement of intellectual property rights. The Agreement will have major implications for freedom of expression, access to culture and privacy. It will also harm international trade and stifle innovation. Decision-time in the European Parliament In […]

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June 19, 2013 · Blogs

Still no access to ACTA documents

This article is also available in: Deutsch: [Noch immer kein Zugang zu ACTA-Dokumenten | https://www.unwatched.org/EDRigram_11.12_Noch_immer_kein_Zugang_zu_ACTA-Dokumenten?pk_campaign=edri&pk_kwd=20130619] Today, 19 June 2013, the European Commission answered within the time limit it had set for itself to answer to DFRI’s requests for ACTA documents. On 29 May 2013 the Commission extended the time limit with 15 working days arguing […]

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December 16, 2009

ENDitorial: What the conquistadores can teach us about ACTA

This article is also available in: Deutsch: [ENDitorial: Was uns Konquistadoren über ACTA lehren| http://www.unwatched.org/node/1634] When the conquistadores arrived in the Americas, historians tell us that the viruses that they carried caused devastation among the indigenous populations. For the European invaders, who had been subject to the viruses for longer, the illnesses, while still sometimes […]

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March 24, 2010

ENDitorial: Counterfeit version of ACTA presented by European Commission

This article is also available in: Deutsch: [ENDitorial: Europäische Kommission präsentierte falsche ACTA-Version | http://www.unwatched.org/node/1799] At a meeting in Brussels on 22 March 2010, the European Commission presented a counterfeit version of ACTA to participants. As with any good counterfeit, it bore quite a strong relationship with the genuine article. However, the differences were quite […]

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June 25, 2012

Commission and industry attacks on Parliament hit a new low

For the past few months, the European Commission and industry lobbyists have tried to pressure the European Parliament into abdicating responsibility for ACTA, the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement. Instead, the Parliament has given the proposal an inordinate amount of attention, with five different committees devoting huge amounts of time and resources to the proposal. Five different […]

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April 12, 2012 · Blogs

Is the G8 already working on a new ACTA?

Czech language version A leaked G8 (Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, the UK and USA) document gives the strongest indication yet that the leading countries behind ACTA are working on the basis that the Agreement is now in serious trouble and needs to be fundamentally re-thought and re-worked – and in its current form […]

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April 12, 2012 · Blogs

ACTA revival – MEP Gallo proposes meaningless compromise

Marielle Gallo MEP (EPP, France) has published her draft report (only in French for the moment) for the Legal Affairs Committee (JURI) on the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA). As one would expect, she is urging her colleagues to support ACTA. She is also launching the counter-strategy described in an article published on the EDRi website […]

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April 21, 2010

ACTA: European Commission transparently ignores European Parliament

This article is also available in: Deutsch: [ACTA: Europäische Kommission ignoriert Europäisches Parlament offensichtlich | http://www.unwatched.org/node/1861] After years of effort from civil society and from the European Parliament, the European Commission finally published a draft text on the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement. The most immediately striking point is that the “digital chapter” is still in the […]

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