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PR 1-2-2012 ACTA - AD asks for private members' bill

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    Alternattiva Demokratika - The Green Party www.alternattiva.org.mt P.O. Box 38, Marsa, MTP1001 Press Release 1/2/2012 ACTA - AD asks for private members bill
    Message 1 of 1 , Feb 1, 2012
    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
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