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  • Frederick [FN] Noronha * फ्रेड
    EU parliament throws out anti-piracy pact Global deal to battle counterfeiting and online piracy, which some feared would curb internet freedom,rejected. Last
    Message 1 of 4 , Jul 4, 2012
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      EU parliament throws out anti-piracy pact

      Global deal to battle counterfeiting and online piracy, which some feared would curb internet freedom,rejected.
      Last Modified: 04 Jul 2012 12:53
      The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement has yet to be ratified and has stirred controversy across the globe [Reuters]

      The European Parliament rejected by a wide majority the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), an international copyright deal which, critics say, threatened internet freedom.

      Only 39 lawmakers voted in favour of ACTA on Wednesday; 478 rejected it, while 165 abstained, killing off the EU ratification process. This might give an incentive to other signatories to also walk out, forcing the renegotiation or the outright abandonment of the agreement.

      The conservative European People's Party (EPP), the largest group in the EU assembly, unsuccessfully tried to postpone the vote until the European Court of Justice (ECJ) delivers a verdict on whether ACTA really poses a risk to civil liberties.

      "No emergency surgery, no transplant, no long period of recuperation is going to save ACTA: it is time to give it its last rites, it is time to allow its friends to mourn and for the rest of us to get on with our lives," British socialist David Martin, who drafted parliament's opinion on ACTA, said before the vote.

      "Rejecting the ACTA flat out, without trying to address concrete concerns, after years of negotiating, does nothing to handle the serious threats to European jobs and enterprises ACTA intended to solve," EPP member Christofer Fjellner complained afterwards.

      By contrast, lawmakers from the Green group, which campaigned vigorously against the deal, waved banners saying "Hello Democracy, Goodbye ACTA."

      The agreement had been signed by Australia, Canada, Japan, South Korea, Mexico, New Zealand, Singapore and the United States, as well as by the EU and its member states. It establishes global standards against counterfeit goods, non-licensed generic medicines and online piracy.

      'ACTA is going nowhere'

      In a debate Tuesday, Martin said that its wording was too vague and could lead to abuse. For example, he raised the possibility that internet service providers could be forced to police their customers' behaviour to prevent online piracy.

      Oxfam, a development non-governmental organization, also charged that ACTA risked denying people in poorer countries access to cheaper medicines.

      "ACTA could have made life-saving drugs much costlier for the world's poorest, resulting in devastating consequences for their health. With Europe's rejection, we're now hugely relieved that ACTA is going nowhere," said Oxfam spokeswoman Leila Bodeux.

      EU Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht, who represented the bloc in ACTA negotiations, had in vain tried to reassure lawmakers that the agreement would not have forced any change in EU legislation.

      "Since our freedoms are not threatened by our current laws, our freedoms will not be threatened by ACTA," he said in debate Tuesday, while adding that there would be "no quick fixes" after a parliamentary 'no' vote.

      "With the rejection of ACTA, the need to protect the backbone of Europe's economy across the globe, our innovation, our creativity, our ideas - our intellectual property - does not disappear," he added in a written statement on Wednesday.

      Even after the parliamentary rejection, the commission still intends to wait for the ECJ to have its say on ACTA and then "consult with our international partners on how to move forward," De Gucht said.

      Mass demonstrations have taken place against ACTA in several European countries, leading governments in Germany and elsewhere to perform a policy U-turn, halting national ratification procedures after having signed the agreement in January.

      The EU parliament also received a worldwide petition against the agreement, signed by 2.8 million people.

      Since obtaining more powers under the 2009 Lisbon Treaty, the EU assembly has taken a far more assertive stance. Most notably, it struck down an anti-terrorism deal with the United States on sharing bank data in 2010, forcing the EU commission to renegotiate it. dpa alv ncs Author: Alvise Armellini

      http://www.aljazeera.com/news/europe/2012/07/201274111520743800.html



    • Patrice Riemens
      ... Not wanting to be pessimistic, this is a _great_ victory, achieved also thanks to massive mobilzation of EU citizens (and netizens!), but - as many
      Message 2 of 4 , Jul 5, 2012
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        > EU parliament throws out anti-piracy pact
        > Global deal to battle counterfeiting and online piracy, which some
        > feared
        > would curb internet freedom,rejected.

        Not wanting to be pessimistic, this is a _great_ victory, achieved also
        thanks to massive mobilzation of EU citizens (and netizens!), but - as
        many observers have warned, the European Commission is sure to reintroduce
        it somehow, sometime (it has already said so) in some thinly dressed-up
        disguise. One (big) battle has been won, the war is alas not over, by far.

        Nothing less than a full overhaul of the whole, by now intellectually and
        morally bankrupt concept of copyright/intellectual property will do.

        Cheers from Oslo, patrizio & Diiiinoos!
      • V. Sasi Kumar
        We shall overcome We shall overcome We shall overcome some day Deep in my heart I do believe We shall overcome some day Yes, we shall overcome some day. We
        Message 3 of 4 , Jul 9, 2012
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          We shall overcome
          We shall overcome
          We shall overcome some day

          Deep in my heart
          I do believe
          We shall overcome some day

          Yes, we shall overcome some day. We just have to keep at it without
          giving up even if we lose a battle here and there.

          Regards,
          Sasi

          On Thu, 2012-07-05 at 09:19 +0200, Patrice Riemens wrote:
          >
          > > EU parliament throws out anti-piracy pact
          > > Global deal to battle counterfeiting and online piracy, which some
          > > feared
          > > would curb internet freedom,rejected.
          >
          > Not wanting to be pessimistic, this is a _great_ victory, achieved
          > also
          > thanks to massive mobilzation of EU citizens (and netizens!), but - as
          > many observers have warned, the European Commission is sure to
          > reintroduce
          > it somehow, sometime (it has already said so) in some thinly
          > dressed-up
          > disguise. One (big) battle has been won, the war is alas not over, by
          > far.
          >
          > Nothing less than a full overhaul of the whole, by now intellectually
          > and
          > morally bankrupt concept of copyright/intellectual property will do.
          >
          > Cheers from Oslo, patrizio & Diiiinoos!
          >
          >
          >
          >
          >

          --
          V. Sasi Kumar
          Free Software Foundation of India
          http://swatantryam.blogspot.com
        • gene loeb
          Well put, Patrice. Thanks for your comments. Gene Chicago, United States ... -- With Sincerest Best Wishes , Gene Gene Loeb, Ph.D.
          Message 4 of 4 , Jul 9, 2012
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            Well put, Patrice. Thanks for your comments.
            Gene
            Chicago, United States

            On Thu, Jul 5, 2012 at 2:19 AM, Patrice Riemens <patrice@...> wrote:
             

            > EU parliament throws out anti-piracy pact
            > Global deal to battle counterfeiting and online piracy, which some
            > feared
            > would curb internet freedom,rejected.

            Not wanting to be pessimistic, this is a _great_ victory, achieved also
            thanks to massive mobilzation of EU citizens (and netizens!), but - as
            many observers have warned, the European Commission is sure to reintroduce
            it somehow, sometime (it has already said so) in some thinly dressed-up
            disguise. One (big) battle has been won, the war is alas not over, by far.

            Nothing less than a full overhaul of the whole, by now intellectually and
            morally bankrupt concept of copyright/intellectual property will do.

            Cheers from Oslo, patrizio & Diiiinoos!




            --
            With Sincerest Best Wishes ,
            Gene
            Gene Loeb, Ph.D.

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