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Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) Signed By Additional 22 Countries

 5:07 pm on Jan 26, 2012 (gmt 0)

Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) Signed By Additional 22 Countries [zdnet.co.uk]
The UK and 21 other European Union member states have signed the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, better known as ACTA.

The countries signed the treaty, which aims to harmonise copyright enforcement across much of the world, in Tokyo on Thursday. However, the signatures of the EU member states and the EU itself will count for nothing unless the European Parliament gives its approval to ACTA in June, and digital activists have urged citizens to lobby their MEPs against voting yes.

An EU diplomat also added his signature. However, five EU countries did not sign, namely Germany, the Netherlands, Estonia, Cyprus and Slovakia. Many other countries, such as the US, Japan and Australia, signed the document in September.



 11:49 pm on Jan 27, 2012 (gmt 0)

Over 30 Polish lawmakers held up paper replicas of the Guy Fawkes mask, made famous by both Anoymous hacktivists and the Occupy movement, during a protest in parliament of their country's signing of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), the EU's highly controversial online-piracy legislation.

The parliamentarians were members of the center-left Ruch Palikota (Palikota's Movement), named after founder Janusz Palikot, and the third-largest party in Poland's government, behind the powerful center-right Platforma Obywatelska (Civic Platform) and hard-right Prawo i Sprawiedliwość (Law and Justice) parties.



 11:55 pm on Jan 27, 2012 (gmt 0)

Unless the final vote in EU Parliament goes through in June 2012, this is not "law" yet.


 5:49 pm on Feb 10, 2012 (gmt 0)

ohh man all those new laws how would it be possible to see whats ok and not. How about sites with images, some are maybe copyrighted, that happens if one upload such a image or whatever, but its simply not possible to check every thing 100% and thats also why i think DMCA is perfect, you get a note that a ex. image is copyrighted and they dont want that image online, then the website owner removes it, problem solved, or is this new thing more about copy products like Prada bla bla.


 7:51 pm on Feb 10, 2012 (gmt 0)

Digital material is not covered in ACTA. More explanations:

Once it's got its blood boiling, the mob needs new targets. Now it's set its sights on ACTA, an international treaty to combat counterfeiting and piracy. Rallies will take place tomorrow. ACTA lost its digital copyright provisions long ago, but the mob hasn't noticed. Many of the claims made for ACTA are completely false.

Even Ars Technica, which fomented the anti-SOPA campaign, has felt obliged to correct the anti-ACTA myths that are circulating on social media. The website recently lamented that the internet is "awash in inaccurate anti-SOPA", busting the myths of the anti-ACTA crusaders.



 8:42 pm on Feb 10, 2012 (gmt 0)

ahh its against people that copy brands like Nike Adidas, Prada..... and sell it online.

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