Alternattiva Demokratika - The Green Party
P.O. Box 38, Marsa, MTP1001
Press Release 1/2/2012
ACTA - AD asks for private members' bill
Alternattiva Demokratika - the Green Party, rebutted the statement of
the Finance Minister that ACTA will not censor websites. AD also
appealed for a private members' bill on the issue.
The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) was created with the
aim of establishing international standards on intellectual property
rights enforcement, yet will deal with tools targeting internet
distribution and information technology, meaning people could be
prosecuted for merely sharing a link to a newspaper article or posting
a video on YouTube.
ACTA encourages its signatory states to step up cooperation with
private actors, like internet providers, for intellectual property
enforcement in the absence of any minimum standards for legal
procedures. This opens the door to undermining the basic rights of
individuals with no protection for those affected.
Henrik Piski, spokesperson for IT and communication says: "ACTA does
not differentiate between individuals or large scale infringements as
wrongly stated in the media. It will indeed impose on ISPs stronger
content control and eventually lead to prosecution of individuals.
This is already happening in France with the introduction of Hadopi
law last year. "
"It is absolutely surprising that the government had never engaged
any public discussion and consultation about its intention of the
signing of the agreement. It clearly indicates that the government is
detached of the Internet reality and freedom of expression of its
In the meantime, Alternattiva Demokratika - The Green Party announced
its participation in the anti-ACTA protest which will be held in the
coming days. AD invited members of parliament to stand up and be
counted on the issue by presenting a private members bill against
ACTA, and appealed to MEPs to reject ACTA in the upcoming vote in
June. AD confirmed its support of the Malta Anti-ACTA Group (MAAG).
Michael Briguglio, AD Chairperson said: “Members of parliament in
Malta should present a private members' bill against ACTA. We also ask
the Maltese members to vote against it in the European parliament in
June, as this will be the last chance to reject ACTA. ACTA threatens
to have perverse impacts such as infringement of the privacy of
individuals and making generic drugs less accessible, all in the name
of corporate greed.”
PRO Andre` Vella