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SOPA and PIPA have gone to sleep, now ACTA is in the headlines!

2012 January 30

ACTA is raising its head whilst SOPA and PIPA are on hold!

In March 2010 we were told that:

“EU Parliament rejects ACTA in 663 to 13 vote for openness – MEPs demand talks are open to public scrutiny”

By Siobhan Chapman Computerworld UK

And now we are told:

EU parliament formally adopts controversial ACTA copyright treaty -The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement must now be upheld by national governments

By Jennifer Baker | IDG News Service | Published 09:30, 27 January 12

But Jennifer Baker also wrote in the same article:

Although the agreement has been signed, it still has to go through a ratification procedure in the EU. But now, shortly after SOPA sponsors succumbed to pressure to revise the bill, digital rights groups and so-called hacktivists are pushing hard for the European Parliament to reject ACTA.

And during that time:

European Parliament Official In Charge Of ACTA Quits, And Denounces The ‘Masquerade’ Behind ACTA

from the wow dept (Mike Masnick)

“This is interesting. Kader Arif, the “rapporteur” for ACTA, has quit that role in disgust over the process behind getting the EU to sign onto ACTA. A rapporteur is a person “appointed by a deliberative body to investigate an issue.”



Dutch ISPs Refuse To Block The Pirate Bay

 Two large ISPs in the Netherlands have said they will not be blocking subscriber access to The Pirate Bay, as demanded by the Hollywood supported anti-piracy outfit BREIN. T-Mobile and KPN argue that blocking websites is a threat to the open Internet, and suggest that the entertainment industry focuses on new business models instead. BREIN is now expected to take the ISPs to court.

Should you wish to say “NO” to ACTA, there are several petitions to signs including Avaaz which has collected over 1 million signature as I am writing this post.

What are your views? Don’t hesitate to write a comment.





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