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01.29.12

Links – Please sign the Avaaz petition against ACTA.

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      To all Members of the EU Parliament: As concerned global citizens, we call on you to stand for a free and open Internet and reject the ratification of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), which would destroy it. The Internet is a crucial tool for people around the world to exchange ideas and promote democracy. We urge you to show true global leadership and protect our rights.

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      Here’s another brief list of what’s wrong with ACTA

    • Poles Protest ACTA Online and on the Streets

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      the anti-SOPA/PIPA crowd seemed to have just discovered ACTA … to be in compliance with this agreement, the US needs to retain certain parts of copyright law that many reformers believe should be changed. At the very least, it ties Congress’ hands, if we want to be in compliance with our “international obligations.” … there are a few parts of ACTA that are so vague that you can definitely see how they could be interpreted to require changes to US law.

      Most of the arguments against ACTA were about how it was made by publishers in secret because no one could say anything useful about it while it was a secret and there was little time to do anything between publication and signature. It’s still so vague that people can’t say anything useful about it other than it has a lot of harmful requirements and this so called “executive agreement” is an anti-democratic and unconstitutional sham the US should never have signed and only signed by claiming that it was not binding. The EU can still and should not sign because they know that the US considers it non binding.

    • ACTA signed by EU Commission, EU ACTA Chief Resigns in Disgust

      “I want to denounce in the strongest possible manner the entire process that led to the signature of this agreement: no inclusion of civil society organisations, a lack of transparency from the start of the negotiations, repeated postponing of the signature of the text without an explanation being ever given, exclusion of the EU Parliament’s demands that were expressed on several occasions in our assembly. … a rushed calendar before public opinion could be alerted, thus depriving the Parliament of its right to expression and of the tools at its disposal to convey citizens’ legitimate demands.” …The legally binding action happens in votes in parliaments; the national parliaments across Europe, and notably the European Parliament. … If parliament says no, any parliament, then no it is.

    • UK signs ACTA as activists urge resistance

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    • Sean Sherlock an Irish TD [Congressman essentially] has decided that now is the time to sign an anti-piracy law; the Irish SOPA

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      Here’s another description which claims the legislation is not subject to debate and will be passed by the end of the month. Context from Stop Sopa.

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      These people hate your freedom.

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  • Copyrights

    • Researchers, please sign The Cost of Knowledge and tell Elsevier you will no longer cooperate with bad publishing policies.

      For many years, academics have protested against the business practices of Elsevier. If you would like to declare publicly that you will not support any Elsevier journal unless they radically change how they operate, then you can do so by filling in your details in the box below.

      The list now has 312 people who have refused various cooperation such as publishing, refereeing and editorial work.

    • In UK: Similar, but not copied, image found to breach copyright

      This story has more details but you only have to see the two pictures to know the ruling is insane.

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