Massive Worldwide Anti-ACTA Protests

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UPDATE ON FEB 28:

Activists present anti-ACTA petition

By Staff
AP via Boston.com, Feb 28, 2012

THE PETITION: Activists handed the European Parliament an Internet petition arguing against ratification of a proposed anti-counterfeiting treaty on the grounds it would destroy Internet freedom.

DETAILS: The petition was presented by representatives of Avaaz, an organization that uses the internet to mobilize support for various political issues. The group says it got more than 2 million names.

ABOUT THE TREATY: Proponents argue it would extend to other countries the kinds of protections against counterfeit goods and copyright infringement the EU already offers. Fears that individual Internet users would be targeted prompted protests in several European cities this month.

Source: AP via Boston.com
http://articles.boston.com/2012-02-28/business/31108365_1_internet-freedom-summary-box-petition

 

UPDATE ON FEB 17:

Poland: We Were Wrong, We Will Not Ratify ACTA

 

UPDATES ON FEB 15:

Bulgarian Economy Minister Traicho Traikov

Bulgarian Economy Minister Traicho Traikov recently said:

“I will table a proposal to the Council of Ministers to stop the procedure of Bulgaria’s signing the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement….

“Bulgarian society is not ready to accept mechanisms which raise suspicions of violation of the freedom of expression and freedom [on the] internet.”

The Dutch Lower House of Parliament has supported a motion by the Green Left Party of the Netherlands to table ACTA until after there is information on whether it threatens the rights and the privacy of Internet users.

Lithuanian Minister of Justice Remigijus Simasius

Lithuanian Minister of Justice Remigijus Simasius condemned ACTA and had this to say:

I have posted my comments on my blog….

The essence of my comment was that certain provisions of ACTA are new to our legal system (more severe punishment, more control of internet providing services) and I do not see why those provisions are necessary.

I have also stated that our life is more and more dependent on R&D, new inventions, creativity. Existing IP protection system, however, is more about protecting the IP protection industry than a protection of inventors and authors. Current debate worldwide is a clear sign that we have to re-evaluate the existing IP rights system.

 

Anti-ACTA protests hit high gear across EU

By Pat Pilcher, NZH Staff
AFP via New Zealand Herald

Protests against the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) have kicked into high gear with massive demonstrations across four continents.

Sites of most of the anti-ACTA protests. In addition, there were protests in Brazil and Australia.

Anti-ACTA demonstration in central Sofia, Bulgaria (Credit: Reuters).

Protests are being held in over 200 European cities with hundreds of thousands of people taking to the streets to express their disgust at the European Parliament ratifying ACTA.

The protests follow hot on the heels of the European Union officially signing the “anti-piracy” trade agreement ACTA in January, following in the footsteps of New Zealand, Australia, Canada, Japan, South Korea, Morocco, Singapore and the US.

Whilst ACTA may have been signed in the EU, member states and the European Parliament have yet to ratify the treaty.

Hundreds of thousands of people across the world have taken to the streets with more expected to do their part online in order to prevent this from happening.

Of the protests being held across the EU, the largest protests to date have happened in Bulgaria, where an estimated 50,000 people took part.

“We see the suspension of ratification as a victory, but we cannot over-estimate it,” said the vice-president of the Czech Republic’s pirate party, Mikulas Ferjencik.
“We want ACTA to be stopped completely,” he added.

In Sofia, more than 3,000 demonstrators marched along major downtown boulevards, booing at the buildings of government and parliament.

Shouting “No to ACTA!” and “Mafia!”, they accused the government of signing the agreement secretly and without consulting the public.

In Tallinn, where about 1,500 turned out, lawmakers widened their criticism of ACTA to an attack on the country’s leadership.

“Estonia’s PM Ansip has often demonstrated that government decisions in Estonia are born somewhere in hidden cellars,”

charged lawmaker Juku-Kalle Raid, whose party governs with Andrus Ansip’s Reform Party.

“The current case with ACTA only indicated that once again a decision was to be made without discussion with the people,”

added the lawmaker.

The European Commission meanwhile published a document detailing the negotiation process of the pact, as it sought to defend itself against accusations of opacity.

“The EU strongly denies having provided any kind of preferential access to information to any group of stakeholders,” it said.

“There are also no secret protocols to the agreement and the final text is fully public and available to all citizens on the website of the European Commission,” it added.

ACTA was signed last year in Tokyo, and aims to bolster international standards for intellectual property protection, for example by doing more to fight counterfeit medicine and other goods.

But its attempt to attack illegal downloading and internet file-sharing has sparked charges that it compromises online freedom.

“I am here because I am against censorship on the internet, against the attempts to limit the freedom of information and against corporate interests which trample on human rights,”

Maya Nikolova, 27, told AFP in Sofia.

Many Bulgarian musicians were also among the crowd, claiming that they rarely get copyright royalties anyway but were ready to sacrifice whatever little they do earn for the sake of internet freedom.

One of the Vilnius rally organisers, Mantas Kondratavicius, told AFP:

“Some provisions of the treaty are too ambiguous and allow different interpretations.”

“If ACTA is approved, the understanding of human rights and privacy would change and there can be no way back,” warned the 21-year-old.

“I don’t deny that authors should be paid but that cannot be done at the expense of privacy or freedom of speech,” he stressed.

Meanwhile, some on Facebook chose to protest through blood donations.

“Blood is a life-giving power, just as information and ideas are for the web. Join our symbolic way to show that sharing is not a crime but has vital importance,” its organisers said.

Anti-ACTA sentiment is also strong within the EU parliament, who will vote on ratifying the agreement later this year. Several Members have already begun to urge fellow politicians not to let the copyright law go ahead.

Whilst ACTA mightn’t be anything new, it has received a lot more attention off the back of SOPA/PIPA protests in the US.

Already the German Government has said it won’t back ACTA, and the anti-ACTA protests, which started in Poland several weeks ago, are beginning to generate results, with Poland, Slovakia, the Czech Republic as well as Latvia all agreeing to put ACTA on hold.

If the sheer numbers involved in protests across the EU are anything to go by, there’s a massive opposition against ACTA building and migrating from the digital realm to the streets where it may have a very real political impact.

 

VIDEO: Compilation of anti-ACTA protests across Europe

 

Source: AFP via New Zealand Herald

 

Additional videos of protests in some countries:

Bulgaria

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kEt3U_bSfB0

Czech Republic

Estonia

Finland

France

Germany

Hungary

Ireland

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zxKsr9kfL4o

Poland

Romania

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fes3tLTPM9U

United Kingdom

 

Background on ACTA:
Block Thursday Jan 26th EU Ratification of Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement ACTA
ACTA Not Yet International Law | French MEP Quits in Protest
ACTA Ratification Suspended in Poland
– Act Up Against ACTA Saturday Feb 11th (Updated)

 

 

Anti-ACTA protests hit high gear across EU

By Pat Pilcher
AFP via New Zealand Herald

Protests against the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) have kicked into high gear with massive demonstrations across four continents.

Protests are being held in over 200 European cities with hundreds of thousands of people taking to the streets to express their disgust at the European Parliament ratifying ACTA.

The protests follow hot on the heels of the European Union officially signing the “anti-piracy” trade agreement ACTA in January, following in the footsteps of New Zealand, Australia, Canada, Japan, South Korea, Morocco, Singapore and the US.

Whilst ACTA may have been signed in the EU, member states and the European Parliament have yet to ratify the treaty.

Hundreds of thousands of people across the world have taken to the streets with more expected to do their part online in order to prevent this from happening.

Of the protests being held across the EU, the largest protests to date have happened in Bulgaria, where an estimated 50,000 people took part.

“We see the suspension of ratification as a victory, but we cannot over-estimate it,” said the vice-president of the Czech Republic’s pirate party, Mikulas Ferjencik.

“We want ACTA to be stopped completely,” he added.

In Sofia, more than 3,000 demonstrators marched along major downtown boulevards, booing at the buildings of government and parliament.

Shouting “No to ACTA!” and “Mafia!”, they accused the government of signing the agreement secretly and without consulting the public.

In Tallinn, where about 1,500 turned out, lawmakers widened their criticism of ACTA to an attack on the country’s leadership.

“Estonia’s PM Ansip has often demonstrated that government decisions in Estonia are born somewhere in hidden cellars,”

charged lawmaker Juku-Kalle Raid, whose party governs with Andrus Ansip’s Reform Party.

“The current case with ACTA only indicated that once again a decision was to be made without discussion with the people,”

added the lawmaker.

The European Commission meanwhile published a document detailing the negotiation process of the pact, as it sought to defend itself against accusations of opacity.

“The EU strongly denies having provided any kind of preferential access to information to any group of stakeholders,” it said.

“There are also no secret protocols to the agreement and the final text is fully public and available to all citizens on the website of the European Commission,” it added.

ACTA was signed last year in Tokyo, and aims to bolster international standards for intellectual property protection, for example by doing more to fight counterfeit medicine and other goods.

But its attempt to attack illegal downloading and internet file-sharing has sparked charges that it compromises online freedom.

“I am here because I am against censorship on the internet, against the attempts to limit the freedom of information and against corporate interests which trample on human rights,”

Maya Nikolova, 27, told AFP in Sofia.

Many Bulgarian musicians were also among the crowd, claiming that they rarely get copyright royalties anyway but were ready to sacrifice whatever little they do earn for the sake of internet freedom.

One of the Vilnius rally organisers, Mantas Kondratavicius, told AFP:

“Some provisions of the treaty are too ambiguous and allow different interpretations.”

“If ACTA is approved, the understanding of human rights and privacy would change and there can be no way back,” warned the 21-year-old.

“I don’t deny that authors should be paid but that cannot be done at the expense of privacy or freedom of speech,” he stressed.

Meanwhile, some on Facebook chose to protest through blood donations.

“Blood is a life-giving power, just as information and ideas are for the web. Join our symbolic way to show that sharing is not a crime but has vital importance,” its organisers said.

Anti-ACTA sentiment is also strong within the EU parliament, who will vote on ratifying the agreement later this year. Several Members have already begun to urge fellow politicians not to let the copyright law go ahead.

Whilst ACTA mightn’t be anything new, it has received a lot more attention off the back of SOPA/PIPA protests in the US.

Already the German Government has said it won’t back ACTA, and the anti-ACTA protests, which started in Poland several weeks ago, are beginning to generate results, with Poland, Slovakia, the Czech Republic as well as Latvia all agreeing to put ACTA on hold.

If the sheer numbers involved in protests across the EU are anything to go by, there’s a massive opposition against ACTA building and migrating from the digital realm to the streets where it may have a very real political impact.

 

Source: AFP via New Zealand Herald

AUSTRALIA
Brisbane: https://www.facebook.com/events/343578872339343/

AUSTRIA
Bregenz: https://www.facebook.com/events/269553479781320/
Graz : https://www.facebook.com/events/118354621620542/
Innsbruck : https://www.facebook.com/events/295640580493380/
Klagenfurt: https://www.facebook.com/events/187879947980252/
Leoben: https://www.facebook.com/events/369123256446453/
Linz: https://www.facebook.com/events/288632391196893/
Salzburg: https://www.facebook.com/events/359919090704207/
Vienna : https://www.facebook.com/events/145907925526943/
Zwetti : https://www.facebook.com/events/209411655821825/

BELGIUM
National: https://www.facebook.com/events/220201778069181/
Bruxelles : https://www.facebook.com/events/282306501836322/
Liege: https://www.facebook.com/events/165951420182623/

BRITAIN
London: https://www.facebook.com/events/170835693019760/

BULGARIA

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kEt3U_bSfB0

 

CANADA
Edmonton: https://www.facebook.com/events/187676498006270/
New Brunswick: http://www.facebook.com/events/227729547320036/
Regina: https://www.facebook.com/events/350626631628691/

CROATIA
Zagreb https://www.facebook.com/events/329983600380349/
Osijek https://www.facebook.com/events/104432956352102/
Pula: https://www.facebook.com/events/357051020979539/
Rijeci: http://www.facebook.com/events/342396512466604/
Split: https://www.facebook.com/events/106130922847283/

CZECH REPUBLIC
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W_wRgSAxYmY

 

DENMARK
Aalborg (Feb.25): https://www.facebook.com/events/172169006225862/
Aarhus (Feb.25): https://www.facebook.com/events/348984005126264/
Copenhagen  (Feb.25): https://www.facebook.com/events/235321939883596/
Odense (Feb.25): http://www.facebook.com/events/373248572702248/

ESTONIA
Jõgevamaa: http://www.facebook.com/events/235379923215322/
Tartu: https://www.facebook.com/events/293549444038917/
Tallinn: https://www.facebook.com/events/314029425310101/

FINLAND
Helsinki: https://www.facebook.com/events/148411508609291/

FRANCE
Aix en Provence: https://www.facebook.com/events/244421288966558/
Ajaccio: https://www.facebook.com/events/133197000134763/
Albi: https://www.facebook.com/events/168765856565763/
Amiens: https://www.facebook.com/events/100287056765109/
Angers: https://www.facebook.com/events/199634866800799/
Annecy: https://www.facebook.com/events/257782500958741/
Avignon: https://www.facebook.com/events/205603019536597/
Bastia: https://www.facebook.com/events/319468184771534/
Bayonne: https://www.facebook.com/events/170881226348001/
Besançon: https://www.facebook.com/events/350055058338859/
Bordeaux: https://www.facebook.com/events/362717853754753/
Brest: https://www.facebook.com/events/115942121861376/
Caen : https://www.facebook.com/events/228618757227112/
Chambery: https://www.facebook.com/events/288493647877788/
Clermont-Ferrand: https://www.facebook.com/events/326849087360202/
Corte: https://www.facebook.com/events/185750778193305/
Dijon: https://www.facebook.com/events/274825002587428/
Douai: https://www.facebook.com/events/102456923212099/
Dunkerque: https://www.facebook.com/events/120665031389535/
Grenoble: https://www.facebook.com/events/291033160951733/
Limoges: https://www.facebook.com/events/321440564560770/
Lille: https://www.facebook.com/events/199934440105717/
Lorient: https://www.facebook.com/events/231912796892759/
Lyon: https://www.facebook.com/events/227033324049150/
Marseille: https://www.facebook.com/events/371810592833698/
Metz: https://www.facebook.com/events/223962574358248/
Montpellier: https://www.facebook.com/events/308322049214315/
Nancy: https://www.facebook.com/events/297319746990736/
Nantes: https://www.facebook.com/events/336368539718367/
Nevers: https://www.facebook.com/events/257478177653829/
Nice: https://www.facebook.com/events/226142050807952/
Nîmes: https://www.facebook.com/events/284365168292336/
Orléans: https://www.facebook.com/events/144336802350023/
Paris: https://www.facebook.com/events/261953107207192/

Perpignan: https://www.facebook.com/events/335195069845376/
Poitiers: https://www.facebook.com/events/335663953135037/
Porto-Vecchio: https://www.facebook.com/events/270343909700151/
Quimper: https://www.facebook.com/events/175748819198384/
Reims: https://www.facebook.com/events/261712197231360/
Rennes: https://www.facebook.com/events/284421551613274/
Rouen: https://www.facebook.com/events/150022838448409/
Saint-Brieuc: https://www.facebook.com/events/355899707762027/
Saint Denis (Ile de la Réunion): https://www.facebook.com/events/355272381151834/
Strasbourg: https://www.facebook.com/events/317988148239037/
Tarbes: https://www.facebook.com/events/336009553098334/
Toulouse: https://www.facebook.com/events/312007895501972/

Tours: https://www.facebook.com/events/282746828454027/
Troyes: https://www.facebook.com/events/322202587818097/

GERMANY
Aachen: https://www.facebook.com/events/290803420973299/
Annaberg-Buchholz: https://www.facebook.com/events/229143120506127/
Augsburg: https://www.facebook.com/events/245798608830506
Berlin: https://www.facebook.com/events/338799346153966/
Bielefeld: https://www.facebook.com/events/231717836912664/
Bremen: https://www.facebook.com/events/320064574703829

Bremerhaven: https://www.facebook.com/events/222669041158397/
Brunswick: https://www.facebook.com/events/297423820306461/
Cologne: https://www.facebook.com/events/207644835998103/
Crailsheim: https://www.facebook.com/events/241560099256920
Dortmund: https://www.facebook.com/events/292927114099000
Dresden: https://www.facebook.com/events/155805177868102/
Duisburg: https://www.facebook.com/events/360323100663808
Dusseldorf: https://www.facebook.com/events/228942327190942/
Erfurt: https://www.facebook.com/events/204041156361455/
Frankfurt/Main: https://www.facebook.com/events/129547730499332/
Freiburg: https://www.facebook.com/events/313894588647456/
Gera: https://www.facebook.com/events/223899837704637
Hamburg: https://www.facebook.com/events/159557767491881/
Hanover: https://www.facebook.com/events/360437973983925/
Heidelburg: https://www.facebook.com/events/373446242671293/
Heidenheim: https://www.facebook.com/events/242282912517339/
Hof: https://www.facebook.com/events/235402929880096
Ingolstadt: https://www.facebook.com/events/239207726161954/
Kassel: https://www.facebook.com/events/320293564679124/
Kiel: https://www.facebook.com/events/143150565804393/
Leipzig: https://www.facebook.com/events/316277768408479/
Mainz: https://www.facebook.com/events/169154469860540/
Magdeburg: https://www.facebook.com/events/104321526360193/
Mannheim: https://www.facebook.com/events/267555573314186/
Mettmann: https://www.facebook.com/events/334580503240450/
Minden: https://www.facebook.com/events/310027772381359/
Munich: https://www.facebook.com/events/117215651734097/
Munster: https://www.facebook.com/events/261880393883349/
Neuss: https://www.facebook.com/events/289961161066372/
Nordenham: https://www.facebook.com/events/182942588474388/
Nürnberg: https://www.facebook.com/events/244916202249229/
Osnabrück: https://www.facebook.com/events/182606345180976
Potsdam: https://www.facebook.com/events/350079258349898/
Ravensburg: https://www.facebook.com/events/344813968872396/
Regensburg: https://www.akv-r.de/2012/01/30/demoaufruf-acta-ad-acta/
Rostock: https://www.facebook.com/events/360013494010391/
Saarbruecken: https://www.facebook.com/events/337811569584831/
Schwerin: https://www.facebook.com/events/183351785099000/
Stade: https://www.facebook.com/events/129707167150888/
Stuttgart: https://www.facebook.com/events/144489442335635/
Trier (Feb. 4): https://www.facebook.com/events/368640866495001/
Ulm: https://www.facebook.com/events/199865750111770/
Wurzburg: https://www.facebook.com/events/234203816662508/

GREECE
Athens: https://www.facebook.com/events/330860890287455
Patra: https://www.facebook.com/events/289412584454221/
Thessaloniki: https://www.facebook.com/events/173041956132547/

HUNGARY
Budapest: https://www.facebook.com/events/239140316165296/
Pecs: https://www.facebook.com/events/284679514931085/
Szeged: https://www.facebook.com/events/345332565488424/

IRELAND
Dublin (Feb. 4): https://www.facebook.com/events/284626631593223/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zxKsr9kfL4o

http://www.youtube.ug/watch?v=QjLY_iCD9G0

http://youtube.ng/watch?v=QjLY_iCD9G0&feature=related

 

ITALY
Florence: http://www.facebook.com/events/306158699431655/ and http://www.facebook.com/events/208195132612866/
Rome: http://www.facebook.com/events/321701717870935/

LATVIA
Riga (Feb. 13): https://www.facebook.com/events/114172405371886/

LITHUANIA
Kaunas: http://flashmobas.lt/registracija/
Klaipeda: http://www.facebook.com/events/247291195350856/
Vilnius: https://www.facebook.com/events/229745113780889/

LUXEMBOURG
Luxembourg: https://www.facebook.com/events/321922584518265/

MALTA
Valetta: https://www.facebook.com/events/372841852732565/

MEXICO
San Miguel: http://www.facebook.com/events/355447504474609/NETHERLANDS
Amsterdam: https://www.facebook.com/events/366916189988648/
Rotterdam: https://www.facebook.com/events/100817413381050/
Utrecht: https://www.facebook.com/events/176430152460620/

NETHERLANDS
Amsterdam: https://www.facebook.com/events/366916189988648/
Rotterdam: https://www.facebook.com/events/100817413381050/
Utrecht: https://www.facebook.com/events/176430152460620/

 

 

Members of Palikot’s Movement in Poland wear Guy Fawkes masks during a vote of no confidence on ACTA (Agencja Gazeta/Reuters).

 

POLAND
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jrdNKcUpJPg

PORTUGAL
Braga: https://www.facebook.com/events/286463268083269/
Coimbra: https://www.facebook.com/events/222604307833091/
Lisboa: https://www.facebook.com/events/263755510363956/
Porto: https://www.facebook.com/events/278149665584864/

ROMANIA
Alba-Iulia: https://www.facebook.com/events/359422984085931/
Arad: https://www.facebook.com/events/102260503236472/
Bacau: https://www.facebook.com/events/267353136663351/
Baia Mare: https://www.facebook.com/events/288609117870711/
Barlad: https://www.facebook.com/events/339834029384482/
Brasov: https://www.facebook.com/events/353334364691465/
Bucharest: https://www.facebook.com/events/305136589533613 and https://www.facebook.com/events/178989628875856/
Buzau: https://www.facebook.com/events/103890166402105/
Campulung: http://www.facebook.com/events/332963343414600/
Caracal: https://www.facebook.com/events/236296929789967/
Constanta: https://www.facebook.com/events/384892581527047/
Craiova: https://www.facebook.com/events/320998614608351/
Cluj: https://www.facebook.com/events/318417421533389/
Cugir: https://www.facebook.com/events/239523222796240/
Deva: https://www.facebook.com/events/378479838832580
Focsani: https://www.facebook.com/events/317593171610294/
Galati: https://www.facebook.com/events/163823730398453/ and http://www.facebook.com/events/258596844211432/ and http://www.facebook.com/events/151356064982334
Gorj: https://www.facebook.com/events/346143082073398/
Hunedoara: https://www.facebook.com/events/341150959258693/
Iasi: https://www.facebook.com/events/309888002390146/<
Oltenita: https://www.facebook.com/events/159814360800569
Oradea: https://www.facebook.com/events/247005852043232/
Piatra Neamt: https://www.facebook.com/events/339153752782653/
Pitest: https://www.facebook.com/events/323200381052561/
Ploesti: http://www.facebook.com/events/182692728504106/
Ramnicu Valcea: https://www.facebook.com/events/381867198493288/
Resita: https://www.facebook.com/events/293770720684276/
Sfantu Gheorghe: http://www.facebook.com/events/239423339473891/
Sibiu: https://www.facebook.com/events/211035782326834/
Slatina: https://www.facebook.com/events/247473268660035/
Suceava: https://www.facebook.com/events/301228213267647/
Targoviste: https://www.facebook.com/events/274850545913882/
Targu Mures: https://www.facebook.com/events/240509612698417/
Targu Neamt: https://www.facebook.com/events/174123636024612
Timisoara: https://www.facebook.com/events/339815396050868/
Turda: https://www.facebook.com/events/251092221635949/

SCOTLAND
Glasgow: http://www.facebook.com/events/375858179095979/

SERBIA
Belgrade (Feb.9): http://www.facebook.com/events/357592967598565/

SLOVAKIA
Bratislava: https://www.facebook.com/events/104570893003311/
Nove Zamky: https://www.facebook.com/events/256723937730718/

SLOVENIA
Ljubljana (Feb.4): https://www.facebook.com/events/242732285801564/ 
Maribor(Feb.4):  https://www.facebook.com/events/369837519698057/
Online Protest: http://www.facebook.com/events/316615858389997

SPAIN
Barcelona: http://www.facebook.com/events/269537439784110/
Madrid: https://www.facebook.com/events/106651522793433/

SWEDEN
Borlange (Feb. 4): https://www.facebook.com/events/287094008012416/
Goteborg (Feb. 25): https://www.facebook.com/events/243895365687129/ and https://www.facebook.com/events/333701656663138/
Helsingborg: https://www.facebook.com/events/239284842817072/
Jonkoping: https://www.facebook.com/events/160788864034326/
Kalmar (Feb. 4): https://www.facebook.com/events/335884969766662/
Karlstad (Feb. 4): https://www.facebook.com/events/297023007013826/
Malmö (Feb.4): https://www.facebook.com/events/363889936958608/
Stockholm (Feb. 4): https://www.facebook.com/events/332489143440319/
Sundsvall (Feb.4): https://www.facebook.com/events/182586151841064/
Umea (Feb. 4): https://www.facebook.com/events/333701656663138/

SWITZERLAND
Geneva: https://www.facebook.com/events/145734798877975/
Zurich: http://www.facebook.com/events/179697445468919/

UNITED KINGDOM
Belfast: https://www.facebook.com/events/187075798067071/
Birmingham: http://www.facebook.com/events/241789552569403
Edinburgh: https://www.facebook.com/events/248493905226583/
Glasgow: https://www.facebook.com/events/375858179095979/
London: https://www.facebook.com/events/170835693019760/

Peterhead: http://www.facebook.com/events/343356492364097/

UNITED STATES
Corning, New York: http://www.facebook.com/events/174325296009139/
San Jose, California: https://www.facebook.com/events/367322379962713/
Traverse City, Michigan: https://www.facebook.com/events/364031900291592/

 

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Anti-ACTA protests hit high gear across EU

By Pat Pilcher

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Activists protest against the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement in front of the Government palace in Vilnius, Lithuania. Photo / AP

Protests against the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) have kicked into high gear with massive demonstrations across four continents.

Protests are being held in over 200 European cities with hundreds of thousands of people taking to the streets to express their disgust at the European Parliament ratifying ACTA.

The protests follow hot on the heels of the European Union officially signing the “anti-piracy” trade agreement ACTA in January, following in the footsteps of New Zealand, Australia, Canada, Japan, South Korea, Morocco, Singapore and the US.

Whilst ACTA may have been signed in the EU, member states and the European Parliament have yet to ratify the treaty.

Hundreds of thousands of people across the world have taken to the streets with more expected to do their part online in order to prevent this from happening.

Of the protests being held across the EU, the largest protests to date have happened in Bulgaria, where an estimated 50,000 people took part.

“We see the suspension of ratification as a victory, but we cannot over-estimate it,” said the vice-president of the Czech Republic’s pirate party, Mikulas Ferjencik.

“We want ACTA to be stopped completely,” he added.

In Sofia, more than 3,000 demonstrators marched along major downtown boulevards, booing at the buildings of government and parliament.

Shouting “No to ACTA!” and “Mafia!”, they accused the government of signing the agreement secretly and without consulting the public.

In Tallinn, where about 1,500 turned out, lawmakers widened their criticism of ACTA to an attack on the country’s leadership.

“Estonia’s PM Ansip has often demonstrated that government decisions in Estonia are born somewhere in hidden cellars,” charged lawmaker Juku-Kalle Raid, whose party governs with Andrus Ansip’s Reform Party.

“The current case with ACTA only indicated that once again a decision was to be made without discussion with the people,” added the lawmaker.

The European Commission meanwhile published a document detailing the negotiation process of the pact, as it sought to defend itself against accusations of opacity.

“The EU strongly denies having provided any kind of preferential access to information to any group of stakeholders,” it said.

“There are also no secret protocols to the agreement and the final text is fully public and available to all citizens on the website of the European Commission,” it added.

ACTA was signed last year in Tokyo, and aims to bolster international standards for intellectual property protection, for example by doing more to fight counterfeit medicine and other goods.

But its attempt to attack illegal downloading and internet file-sharing has sparked charges that it compromises online freedom.

“I am here because I am against censorship on the internet, against the attempts to limit the freedom of information and against corporate interests which trample on human rights,” Maya Nikolova, 27, told AFP in Sofia.

Many Bulgarian musicians were also among the crowd, claiming that they rarely get copyright royalties anyway but were ready to sacrifice whatever little they do earn for the sake of internet freedom.

One of the Vilnius rally organisers, Mantas Kondratavicius, told AFP: “Some provisions of the treaty are too ambiguous and allow different interpretations.”

“If ACTA is approved, the understanding of human rights and privacy would change and there can be no way back,” warned the 21-year-old.

“I don’t deny that authors should be paid but that cannot be done at the expense of privacy or freedom of speech,” he stressed.

Meanwhile, some on Facebook chose to protest through blood donations.

“Blood is a life-giving power, just as information and ideas are for the web. Join our symbolic way to show that sharing is not a crime but has vital importance,” its organisers said.

Anti-ACTA sentiment is also strong within the EU parliament, who will vote on ratifying the agreement later this year. Several Members have already begun to urge fellow politicians not to let the copyright law go ahead.

Whilst ACTA mightn’t be anything new, it has received a lot more attention off the back of SOPA/PIPA protests in the US.

Already the German Government has said it won’t back ACTA, and the anti-ACTA protests, which started in Poland several weeks ago, are beginning to generate results, with Poland, Slovakia, the Czech Republic as well as Latvia all agreeing to put ACTA on hold.

If the sheer numbers involved in protests across the EU are anything to go by, there’s a massive opposition against ACTA building and migrating from the digital realm to the streets where it may have a very real political impact.

– NZHERALD STAFF/AFP

AUSTRALIA
Brisbane: https://www.facebook.com/events/343578872339343/

AUSTRIA
Bregenz: https://www.facebook.com/events/269553479781320/
Graz : https://www.facebook.com/events/118354621620542/
Innsbruck : https://www.facebook.com/events/295640580493380/
Klagenfurt: https://www.facebook.com/events/187879947980252/
Leoben: https://www.facebook.com/events/369123256446453/
Linz: https://www.facebook.com/events/288632391196893/
Salzburg: https://www.facebook.com/events/359919090704207/
Vienna : https://www.facebook.com/events/145907925526943/
Zwetti : https://www.facebook.com/events/209411655821825/

BELGIUM
National: https://www.facebook.com/events/220201778069181/
Bruxelles : https://www.facebook.com/events/282306501836322/
Liege: https://www.facebook.com/events/165951420182623/

BRITAIN
London: https://www.facebook.com/events/170835693019760/

BULGARIA

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kEt3U_bSfB0

 

CANADA
Edmonton: https://www.facebook.com/events/187676498006270/
New Brunswick: http://www.facebook.com/events/227729547320036/
Regina: https://www.facebook.com/events/350626631628691/

CROATIA
Zagreb https://www.facebook.com/events/329983600380349/
Osijek https://www.facebook.com/events/104432956352102/
Pula: https://www.facebook.com/events/357051020979539/
Rijeci: http://www.facebook.com/events/342396512466604/
Split: https://www.facebook.com/events/106130922847283/

CZECH REPUBLIC
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W_wRgSAxYmY

 

DENMARK
Aalborg (Feb.25): https://www.facebook.com/events/172169006225862/
Aarhus (Feb.25): https://www.facebook.com/events/348984005126264/
Copenhagen  (Feb.25): https://www.facebook.com/events/235321939883596/
Odense (Feb.25): http://www.facebook.com/events/373248572702248/

ESTONIA
Jõgevamaa: http://www.facebook.com/events/235379923215322/
Tartu: https://www.facebook.com/events/293549444038917/
Tallinn: https://www.facebook.com/events/314029425310101/

FINLAND
Helsinki: https://www.facebook.com/events/148411508609291/

FRANCE
Aix en Provence: https://www.facebook.com/events/244421288966558/
Ajaccio: https://www.facebook.com/events/133197000134763/
Albi: https://www.facebook.com/events/168765856565763/
Amiens: https://www.facebook.com/events/100287056765109/
Angers: https://www.facebook.com/events/199634866800799/
Annecy: https://www.facebook.com/events/257782500958741/
Avignon: https://www.facebook.com/events/205603019536597/
Bastia: https://www.facebook.com/events/319468184771534/
Bayonne: https://www.facebook.com/events/170881226348001/
Besançon: https://www.facebook.com/events/350055058338859/
Bordeaux: https://www.facebook.com/events/362717853754753/
Brest: https://www.facebook.com/events/115942121861376/
Caen : https://www.facebook.com/events/228618757227112/
Chambery: https://www.facebook.com/events/288493647877788/
Clermont-Ferrand: https://www.facebook.com/events/326849087360202/
Corte: https://www.facebook.com/events/185750778193305/
Dijon: https://www.facebook.com/events/274825002587428/
Douai: https://www.facebook.com/events/102456923212099/
Dunkerque: https://www.facebook.com/events/120665031389535/
Grenoble: https://www.facebook.com/events/291033160951733/
Limoges: https://www.facebook.com/events/321440564560770/
Lille: https://www.facebook.com/events/199934440105717/
Lorient: https://www.facebook.com/events/231912796892759/
Lyon: https://www.facebook.com/events/227033324049150/
Marseille: https://www.facebook.com/events/371810592833698/
Metz: https://www.facebook.com/events/223962574358248/
Montpellier: https://www.facebook.com/events/308322049214315/
Nancy: https://www.facebook.com/events/297319746990736/
Nantes: https://www.facebook.com/events/336368539718367/
Nevers: https://www.facebook.com/events/257478177653829/
Nice: https://www.facebook.com/events/226142050807952/
Nîmes: https://www.facebook.com/events/284365168292336/
Orléans: https://www.facebook.com/events/144336802350023/
Paris: https://www.facebook.com/events/261953107207192/

Perpignan: https://www.facebook.com/events/335195069845376/
Poitiers: https://www.facebook.com/events/335663953135037/
Porto-Vecchio: https://www.facebook.com/events/270343909700151/
Quimper: https://www.facebook.com/events/175748819198384/
Reims: https://www.facebook.com/events/261712197231360/
Rennes: https://www.facebook.com/events/284421551613274/
Rouen: https://www.facebook.com/events/150022838448409/
Saint-Brieuc: https://www.facebook.com/events/355899707762027/
Saint Denis (Ile de la Réunion): https://www.facebook.com/events/355272381151834/
Strasbourg: https://www.facebook.com/events/317988148239037/
Tarbes: https://www.facebook.com/events/336009553098334/
Toulouse: https://www.facebook.com/events/312007895501972/

Tours: https://www.facebook.com/events/282746828454027/
Troyes: https://www.facebook.com/events/322202587818097/

GERMANY
Aachen: https://www.facebook.com/events/290803420973299/
Annaberg-Buchholz: https://www.facebook.com/events/229143120506127/
Augsburg: https://www.facebook.com/events/245798608830506
Berlin: https://www.facebook.com/events/338799346153966/
Bielefeld: https://www.facebook.com/events/231717836912664/
Bremen: https://www.facebook.com/events/320064574703829

Bremerhaven: https://www.facebook.com/events/222669041158397/
Brunswick: https://www.facebook.com/events/297423820306461/
Cologne: https://www.facebook.com/events/207644835998103/
Crailsheim: https://www.facebook.com/events/241560099256920
Dortmund: https://www.facebook.com/events/292927114099000
Dresden: https://www.facebook.com/events/155805177868102/
Duisburg: https://www.facebook.com/events/360323100663808
Dusseldorf: https://www.facebook.com/events/228942327190942/
Erfurt: https://www.facebook.com/events/204041156361455/
Frankfurt/Main: https://www.facebook.com/events/129547730499332/
Freiburg: https://www.facebook.com/events/313894588647456/
Gera: https://www.facebook.com/events/223899837704637
Hamburg: https://www.facebook.com/events/159557767491881/
Hanover: https://www.facebook.com/events/360437973983925/
Heidelburg: https://www.facebook.com/events/373446242671293/
Heidenheim: https://www.facebook.com/events/242282912517339/
Hof: https://www.facebook.com/events/235402929880096
Ingolstadt: https://www.facebook.com/events/239207726161954/
Kassel: https://www.facebook.com/events/320293564679124/
Kiel: https://www.facebook.com/events/143150565804393/
Leipzig: https://www.facebook.com/events/316277768408479/
Mainz: https://www.facebook.com/events/169154469860540/
Magdeburg: https://www.facebook.com/events/104321526360193/
Mannheim: https://www.facebook.com/events/267555573314186/
Mettmann: https://www.facebook.com/events/334580503240450/
Minden: https://www.facebook.com/events/310027772381359/
Munich: https://www.facebook.com/events/117215651734097/
Munster: https://www.facebook.com/events/261880393883349/
Neuss: https://www.facebook.com/events/289961161066372/
Nordenham: https://www.facebook.com/events/182942588474388/
Nürnberg: https://www.facebook.com/events/244916202249229/
Osnabrück: https://www.facebook.com/events/182606345180976
Potsdam: https://www.facebook.com/events/350079258349898/
Ravensburg: https://www.facebook.com/events/344813968872396/
Regensburg: https://www.akv-r.de/2012/01/30/demoaufruf-acta-ad-acta/
Rostock: https://www.facebook.com/events/360013494010391/
Saarbruecken: https://www.facebook.com/events/337811569584831/
Schwerin: https://www.facebook.com/events/183351785099000/
Stade: https://www.facebook.com/events/129707167150888/
Stuttgart: https://www.facebook.com/events/144489442335635/
Trier (Feb. 4): https://www.facebook.com/events/368640866495001/
Ulm: https://www.facebook.com/events/199865750111770/
Wurzburg: https://www.facebook.com/events/234203816662508/

GREECE
Athens: https://www.facebook.com/events/330860890287455
Patra: https://www.facebook.com/events/289412584454221/
Thessaloniki: https://www.facebook.com/events/173041956132547/

HUNGARY
Budapest: https://www.facebook.com/events/239140316165296/
Pecs: https://www.facebook.com/events/284679514931085/
Szeged: https://www.facebook.com/events/345332565488424/

IRELAND
Dublin (Feb. 4): https://www.facebook.com/events/284626631593223/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zxKsr9kfL4o

http://www.youtube.ug/watch?v=QjLY_iCD9G0

http://youtube.ng/watch?v=QjLY_iCD9G0&feature=related

 

ITALY
Florence: http://www.facebook.com/events/306158699431655/ and http://www.facebook.com/events/208195132612866/
Rome: http://www.facebook.com/events/321701717870935/

LATVIA
Riga (Feb. 13): https://www.facebook.com/events/114172405371886/

LITHUANIA
Kaunas: http://flashmobas.lt/registracija/
Klaipeda: http://www.facebook.com/events/247291195350856/
Vilnius: https://www.facebook.com/events/229745113780889/

LUXEMBOURG
Luxembourg: https://www.facebook.com/events/321922584518265/

MALTA
Valetta: https://www.facebook.com/events/372841852732565/

MEXICO
San Miguel: http://www.facebook.com/events/355447504474609/NETHERLANDS
Amsterdam: https://www.facebook.com/events/366916189988648/
Rotterdam: https://www.facebook.com/events/100817413381050/
Utrecht: https://www.facebook.com/events/176430152460620/

NETHERLANDS
Amsterdam: https://www.facebook.com/events/366916189988648/
Rotterdam: https://www.facebook.com/events/100817413381050/
Utrecht: https://www.facebook.com/events/176430152460620/

 

 

Members of Palikot’s Movement in Poland wear Guy Fawkes masks during a vote of no confidence on ACTA (Agencja Gazeta/Reuters).

 

POLAND
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jrdNKcUpJPg

PORTUGAL
Braga: https://www.facebook.com/events/286463268083269/
Coimbra: https://www.facebook.com/events/222604307833091/
Lisboa: https://www.facebook.com/events/263755510363956/
Porto: https://www.facebook.com/events/278149665584864/

ROMANIA
Alba-Iulia: https://www.facebook.com/events/359422984085931/
Arad: https://www.facebook.com/events/102260503236472/
Bacau: https://www.facebook.com/events/267353136663351/
Baia Mare: https://www.facebook.com/events/288609117870711/
Barlad: https://www.facebook.com/events/339834029384482/
Brasov: https://www.facebook.com/events/353334364691465/
Bucharest: https://www.facebook.com/events/305136589533613 and https://www.facebook.com/events/178989628875856/
Buzau: https://www.facebook.com/events/103890166402105/
Campulung: http://www.facebook.com/events/332963343414600/
Caracal: https://www.facebook.com/events/236296929789967/
Constanta: https://www.facebook.com/events/384892581527047/
Craiova: https://www.facebook.com/events/320998614608351/
Cluj: https://www.facebook.com/events/318417421533389/
Cugir: https://www.facebook.com/events/239523222796240/
Deva: https://www.facebook.com/events/378479838832580
Focsani: https://www.facebook.com/events/317593171610294/
Galati: https://www.facebook.com/events/163823730398453/ and http://www.facebook.com/events/258596844211432/ and http://www.facebook.com/events/151356064982334
Gorj: https://www.facebook.com/events/346143082073398/
Hunedoara: https://www.facebook.com/events/341150959258693/
Iasi: https://www.facebook.com/events/309888002390146/<
Oltenita: https://www.facebook.com/events/159814360800569
Oradea: https://www.facebook.com/events/247005852043232/
Piatra Neamt: https://www.facebook.com/events/339153752782653/
Pitest: https://www.facebook.com/events/323200381052561/
Ploesti: http://www.facebook.com/events/182692728504106/
Ramnicu Valcea: https://www.facebook.com/events/381867198493288/
Resita: https://www.facebook.com/events/293770720684276/
Sfantu Gheorghe: http://www.facebook.com/events/239423339473891/
Sibiu: https://www.facebook.com/events/211035782326834/
Slatina: https://www.facebook.com/events/247473268660035/
Suceava: https://www.facebook.com/events/301228213267647/
Targoviste: https://www.facebook.com/events/274850545913882/
Targu Mures: https://www.facebook.com/events/240509612698417/
Targu Neamt: https://www.facebook.com/events/174123636024612
Timisoara: https://www.facebook.com/events/339815396050868/
Turda: https://www.facebook.com/events/251092221635949/

SCOTLAND
Glasgow: http://www.facebook.com/events/375858179095979/

SERBIA
Belgrade (Feb.9): http://www.facebook.com/events/357592967598565/

SLOVAKIA
Bratislava: https://www.facebook.com/events/104570893003311/
Nove Zamky: https://www.facebook.com/events/256723937730718/

SLOVENIA
Ljubljana (Feb.4): https://www.facebook.com/events/242732285801564/ 
Maribor(Feb.4):  https://www.facebook.com/events/369837519698057/
Online Protest: http://www.facebook.com/events/316615858389997

SPAIN
Barcelona: http://www.facebook.com/events/269537439784110/
Madrid: https://www.facebook.com/events/106651522793433/

SWEDEN
Borlange (Feb. 4): https://www.facebook.com/events/287094008012416/
Goteborg (Feb. 25): https://www.facebook.com/events/243895365687129/ and https://www.facebook.com/events/333701656663138/
Helsingborg: https://www.facebook.com/events/239284842817072/
Jonkoping: https://www.facebook.com/events/160788864034326/
Kalmar (Feb. 4): https://www.facebook.com/events/335884969766662/
Karlstad (Feb. 4): https://www.facebook.com/events/297023007013826/
Malmö (Feb.4): https://www.facebook.com/events/363889936958608/
Stockholm (Feb. 4): https://www.facebook.com/events/332489143440319/
Sundsvall (Feb.4): https://www.facebook.com/events/182586151841064/
Umea (Feb. 4): https://www.facebook.com/events/333701656663138/

SWITZERLAND
Geneva: https://www.facebook.com/events/145734798877975/
Zurich: http://www.facebook.com/events/179697445468919/

UNITED KINGDOM
Belfast: https://www.facebook.com/events/187075798067071/
Birmingham: http://www.facebook.com/events/241789552569403
Edinburgh: https://www.facebook.com/events/248493905226583/
Glasgow: https://www.facebook.com/events/375858179095979/
London: https://www.facebook.com/events/170835693019760/

Peterhead: http://www.facebook.com/events/343356492364097/

UNITED STATES
Corning, New York: http://www.facebook.com/events/174325296009139/
San Jose, California: https://www.facebook.com/events/367322379962713/
Traverse City, Michigan: https://www.facebook.com/events/364031900291592/

 

Source:  Access Now

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Anti-ACTA protests hit high gear across EU

By Pat Pilcher

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Activists protest against the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement in front of the Government palace in Vilnius, Lithuania. Photo / AP

Protests against the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) have kicked into high gear with massive demonstrations across four continents.

Protests are being held in over 200 European cities with hundreds of thousands of people taking to the streets to express their disgust at the European Parliament ratifying ACTA.

The protests follow hot on the heels of the European Union officially signing the “anti-piracy” trade agreement ACTA in January, following in the footsteps of New Zealand, Australia, Canada, Japan, South Korea, Morocco, Singapore and the US.

Whilst ACTA may have been signed in the EU, member states and the European Parliament have yet to ratify the treaty.

Hundreds of thousands of people across the world have taken to the streets with more expected to do their part online in order to prevent this from happening.

Of the protests being held across the EU, the largest protests to date have happened in Bulgaria, where an estimated 50,000 people took part.

“We see the suspension of ratification as a victory, but we cannot over-estimate it,” said the vice-president of the Czech Republic’s pirate party, Mikulas Ferjencik.

“We want ACTA to be stopped completely,” he added.

In Sofia, more than 3,000 demonstrators marched along major downtown boulevards, booing at the buildings of government and parliament.

Shouting “No to ACTA!” and “Mafia!”, they accused the government of signing the agreement secretly and without consulting the public.

In Tallinn, where about 1,500 turned out, lawmakers widened their criticism of ACTA to an attack on the country’s leadership.

“Estonia’s PM Ansip has often demonstrated that government decisions in Estonia are born somewhere in hidden cellars,” charged lawmaker Juku-Kalle Raid, whose party governs with Andrus Ansip’s Reform Party.

“The current case with ACTA only indicated that once again a decision was to be made without discussion with the people,” added the lawmaker.

The European Commission meanwhile published a document detailing the negotiation process of the pact, as it sought to defend itself against accusations of opacity.

“The EU strongly denies having provided any kind of preferential access to information to any group of stakeholders,” it said.

“There are also no secret protocols to the agreement and the final text is fully public and available to all citizens on the website of the European Commission,” it added.

ACTA was signed last year in Tokyo, and aims to bolster international standards for intellectual property protection, for example by doing more to fight counterfeit medicine and other goods.

But its attempt to attack illegal downloading and internet file-sharing has sparked charges that it compromises online freedom.

“I am here because I am against censorship on the internet, against the attempts to limit the freedom of information and against corporate interests which trample on human rights,” Maya Nikolova, 27, told AFP in Sofia.

Many Bulgarian musicians were also among the crowd, claiming that they rarely get copyright royalties anyway but were ready to sacrifice whatever little they do earn for the sake of internet freedom.

One of the Vilnius rally organisers, Mantas Kondratavicius, told AFP: “Some provisions of the treaty are too ambiguous and allow different interpretations.”

“If ACTA is approved, the understanding of human rights and privacy would change and there can be no way back,” warned the 21-year-old.

“I don’t deny that authors should be paid but that cannot be done at the expense of privacy or freedom of speech,” he stressed.

Meanwhile, some on Facebook chose to protest through blood donations.

“Blood is a life-giving power, just as information and ideas are for the web. Join our symbolic way to show that sharing is not a crime but has vital importance,” its organisers said.

Anti-ACTA sentiment is also strong within the EU parliament, who will vote on ratifying the agreement later this year. Several Members have already begun to urge fellow politicians not to let the copyright law go ahead.

Whilst ACTA mightn’t be anything new, it has received a lot more attention off the back of SOPA/PIPA protests in the US.

Already the German Government has said it won’t back ACTA, and the anti-ACTA protests, which started in Poland several weeks ago, are beginning to generate results, with Poland, Slovakia, the Czech Republic as well as Latvia all agreeing to put ACTA on hold.

If the sheer numbers involved in protests across the EU are anything to go by, there’s a massive opposition against ACTA building and migrating from the digital realm to the streets where it may have a very real political impact.

– NZHERALD STAFF/AFP

AUSTRALIA
Brisbane: https://www.facebook.com/events/343578872339343/

AUSTRIA
Bregenz: https://www.facebook.com/events/269553479781320/
Graz : https://www.facebook.com/events/118354621620542/
Innsbruck : https://www.facebook.com/events/295640580493380/
Klagenfurt: https://www.facebook.com/events/187879947980252/
Leoben: https://www.facebook.com/events/369123256446453/
Linz: https://www.facebook.com/events/288632391196893/
Salzburg: https://www.facebook.com/events/359919090704207/
Vienna : https://www.facebook.com/events/145907925526943/
Zwetti : https://www.facebook.com/events/209411655821825/

BELGIUM
National: https://www.facebook.com/events/220201778069181/
Bruxelles : https://www.facebook.com/events/282306501836322/
Liege: https://www.facebook.com/events/165951420182623/

BRITAIN
London: https://www.facebook.com/events/170835693019760/

BULGARIA

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kEt3U_bSfB0

 

CANADA
Edmonton: https://www.facebook.com/events/187676498006270/
New Brunswick: http://www.facebook.com/events/227729547320036/
Regina: https://www.facebook.com/events/350626631628691/

CROATIA
Zagreb https://www.facebook.com/events/329983600380349/
Osijek https://www.facebook.com/events/104432956352102/
Pula: https://www.facebook.com/events/357051020979539/
Rijeci: http://www.facebook.com/events/342396512466604/
Split: https://www.facebook.com/events/106130922847283/

CZECH REPUBLIC
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W_wRgSAxYmY

 

DENMARK
Aalborg (Feb.25): https://www.facebook.com/events/172169006225862/
Aarhus (Feb.25): https://www.facebook.com/events/348984005126264/
Copenhagen  (Feb.25): https://www.facebook.com/events/235321939883596/
Odense (Feb.25): http://www.facebook.com/events/373248572702248/

ESTONIA
Jõgevamaa: http://www.facebook.com/events/235379923215322/
Tartu: https://www.facebook.com/events/293549444038917/
Tallinn: https://www.facebook.com/events/314029425310101/

FINLAND
Helsinki: https://www.facebook.com/events/148411508609291/

FRANCE
Aix en Provence: https://www.facebook.com/events/244421288966558/
Ajaccio: https://www.facebook.com/events/133197000134763/
Albi: https://www.facebook.com/events/168765856565763/
Amiens: https://www.facebook.com/events/100287056765109/
Angers: https://www.facebook.com/events/199634866800799/
Annecy: https://www.facebook.com/events/257782500958741/
Avignon: https://www.facebook.com/events/205603019536597/
Bastia: https://www.facebook.com/events/319468184771534/
Bayonne: https://www.facebook.com/events/170881226348001/
Besançon: https://www.facebook.com/events/350055058338859/
Bordeaux: https://www.facebook.com/events/362717853754753/
Brest: https://www.facebook.com/events/115942121861376/
Caen : https://www.facebook.com/events/228618757227112/
Chambery: https://www.facebook.com/events/288493647877788/
Clermont-Ferrand: https://www.facebook.com/events/326849087360202/
Corte: https://www.facebook.com/events/185750778193305/
Dijon: https://www.facebook.com/events/274825002587428/
Douai: https://www.facebook.com/events/102456923212099/
Dunkerque: https://www.facebook.com/events/120665031389535/
Grenoble: https://www.facebook.com/events/291033160951733/
Limoges: https://www.facebook.com/events/321440564560770/
Lille: https://www.facebook.com/events/199934440105717/
Lorient: https://www.facebook.com/events/231912796892759/
Lyon: https://www.facebook.com/events/227033324049150/
Marseille: https://www.facebook.com/events/371810592833698/
Metz: https://www.facebook.com/events/223962574358248/
Montpellier: https://www.facebook.com/events/308322049214315/
Nancy: https://www.facebook.com/events/297319746990736/
Nantes: https://www.facebook.com/events/336368539718367/
Nevers: https://www.facebook.com/events/257478177653829/
Nice: https://www.facebook.com/events/226142050807952/
Nîmes: https://www.facebook.com/events/284365168292336/
Orléans: https://www.facebook.com/events/144336802350023/
Paris: https://www.facebook.com/events/261953107207192/

Perpignan: https://www.facebook.com/events/335195069845376/
Poitiers: https://www.facebook.com/events/335663953135037/
Porto-Vecchio: https://www.facebook.com/events/270343909700151/
Quimper: https://www.facebook.com/events/175748819198384/
Reims: https://www.facebook.com/events/261712197231360/
Rennes: https://www.facebook.com/events/284421551613274/
Rouen: https://www.facebook.com/events/150022838448409/
Saint-Brieuc: https://www.facebook.com/events/355899707762027/
Saint Denis (Ile de la Réunion): https://www.facebook.com/events/355272381151834/
Strasbourg: https://www.facebook.com/events/317988148239037/
Tarbes: https://www.facebook.com/events/336009553098334/
Toulouse: https://www.facebook.com/events/312007895501972/

Tours: https://www.facebook.com/events/282746828454027/
Troyes: https://www.facebook.com/events/322202587818097/

GERMANY
Aachen: https://www.facebook.com/events/290803420973299/
Annaberg-Buchholz: https://www.facebook.com/events/229143120506127/
Augsburg: https://www.facebook.com/events/245798608830506
Berlin: https://www.facebook.com/events/338799346153966/
Bielefeld: https://www.facebook.com/events/231717836912664/
Bremen: https://www.facebook.com/events/320064574703829

Bremerhaven: https://www.facebook.com/events/222669041158397/
Brunswick: https://www.facebook.com/events/297423820306461/
Cologne: https://www.facebook.com/events/207644835998103/
Crailsheim: https://www.facebook.com/events/241560099256920
Dortmund: https://www.facebook.com/events/292927114099000
Dresden: https://www.facebook.com/events/155805177868102/
Duisburg: https://www.facebook.com/events/360323100663808
Dusseldorf: https://www.facebook.com/events/228942327190942/
Erfurt: https://www.facebook.com/events/204041156361455/
Frankfurt/Main: https://www.facebook.com/events/129547730499332/
Freiburg: https://www.facebook.com/events/313894588647456/
Gera: https://www.facebook.com/events/223899837704637
Hamburg: https://www.facebook.com/events/159557767491881/
Hanover: https://www.facebook.com/events/360437973983925/
Heidelburg: https://www.facebook.com/events/373446242671293/
Heidenheim: https://www.facebook.com/events/242282912517339/
Hof: https://www.facebook.com/events/235402929880096
Ingolstadt: https://www.facebook.com/events/239207726161954/
Kassel: https://www.facebook.com/events/320293564679124/
Kiel: https://www.facebook.com/events/143150565804393/
Leipzig: https://www.facebook.com/events/316277768408479/
Mainz: https://www.facebook.com/events/169154469860540/
Magdeburg: https://www.facebook.com/events/104321526360193/
Mannheim: https://www.facebook.com/events/267555573314186/
Mettmann: https://www.facebook.com/events/334580503240450/
Minden: https://www.facebook.com/events/310027772381359/
Munich: https://www.facebook.com/events/117215651734097/
Munster: https://www.facebook.com/events/261880393883349/
Neuss: https://www.facebook.com/events/289961161066372/
Nordenham: https://www.facebook.com/events/182942588474388/
Nürnberg: https://www.facebook.com/events/244916202249229/
Osnabrück: https://www.facebook.com/events/182606345180976
Potsdam: https://www.facebook.com/events/350079258349898/
Ravensburg: https://www.facebook.com/events/344813968872396/
Regensburg: https://www.akv-r.de/2012/01/30/demoaufruf-acta-ad-acta/
Rostock: https://www.facebook.com/events/360013494010391/
Saarbruecken: https://www.facebook.com/events/337811569584831/
Schwerin: https://www.facebook.com/events/183351785099000/
Stade: https://www.facebook.com/events/129707167150888/
Stuttgart: https://www.facebook.com/events/144489442335635/
Trier (Feb. 4): https://www.facebook.com/events/368640866495001/
Ulm: https://www.facebook.com/events/199865750111770/
Wurzburg: https://www.facebook.com/events/234203816662508/

GREECE
Athens: https://www.facebook.com/events/330860890287455
Patra: https://www.facebook.com/events/289412584454221/
Thessaloniki: https://www.facebook.com/events/173041956132547/

HUNGARY
Budapest: https://www.facebook.com/events/239140316165296/
Pecs: https://www.facebook.com/events/284679514931085/
Szeged: https://www.facebook.com/events/345332565488424/

IRELAND
Dublin (Feb. 4): https://www.facebook.com/events/284626631593223/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zxKsr9kfL4o

http://www.youtube.ug/watch?v=QjLY_iCD9G0

http://youtube.ng/watch?v=QjLY_iCD9G0&feature=related

 

ITALY
Florence: http://www.facebook.com/events/306158699431655/ and http://www.facebook.com/events/208195132612866/
Rome: http://www.facebook.com/events/321701717870935/

LATVIA
Riga (Feb. 13): https://www.facebook.com/events/114172405371886/

LITHUANIA
Kaunas: http://flashmobas.lt/registracija/
Klaipeda: http://www.facebook.com/events/247291195350856/
Vilnius: https://www.facebook.com/events/229745113780889/

LUXEMBOURG
Luxembourg: https://www.facebook.com/events/321922584518265/

MALTA
Valetta: https://www.facebook.com/events/372841852732565/

MEXICO
San Miguel: http://www.facebook.com/events/355447504474609/NETHERLANDS
Amsterdam: https://www.facebook.com/events/366916189988648/
Rotterdam: https://www.facebook.com/events/100817413381050/
Utrecht: https://www.facebook.com/events/176430152460620/

NETHERLANDS
Amsterdam: https://www.facebook.com/events/366916189988648/
Rotterdam: https://www.facebook.com/events/100817413381050/
Utrecht: https://www.facebook.com/events/176430152460620/

 

 

Members of Palikot’s Movement in Poland wear Guy Fawkes masks during a vote of no confidence on ACTA (Agencja Gazeta/Reuters).

 

POLAND
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jrdNKcUpJPg

PORTUGAL
Braga: https://www.facebook.com/events/286463268083269/
Coimbra: https://www.facebook.com/events/222604307833091/
Lisboa: https://www.facebook.com/events/263755510363956/
Porto: https://www.facebook.com/events/278149665584864/

ROMANIA
Alba-Iulia: https://www.facebook.com/events/359422984085931/
Arad: https://www.facebook.com/events/102260503236472/
Bacau: https://www.facebook.com/events/267353136663351/
Baia Mare: https://www.facebook.com/events/288609117870711/
Barlad: https://www.facebook.com/events/339834029384482/
Brasov: https://www.facebook.com/events/353334364691465/
Bucharest: https://www.facebook.com/events/305136589533613 and https://www.facebook.com/events/178989628875856/
Buzau: https://www.facebook.com/events/103890166402105/
Campulung: http://www.facebook.com/events/332963343414600/
Caracal: https://www.facebook.com/events/236296929789967/
Constanta: https://www.facebook.com/events/384892581527047/
Craiova: https://www.facebook.com/events/320998614608351/
Cluj: https://www.facebook.com/events/318417421533389/
Cugir: https://www.facebook.com/events/239523222796240/
Deva: https://www.facebook.com/events/378479838832580
Focsani: https://www.facebook.com/events/317593171610294/
Galati: https://www.facebook.com/events/163823730398453/ and http://www.facebook.com/events/258596844211432/ and http://www.facebook.com/events/151356064982334
Gorj: https://www.facebook.com/events/346143082073398/
Hunedoara: https://www.facebook.com/events/341150959258693/
Iasi: https://www.facebook.com/events/309888002390146/<
Oltenita: https://www.facebook.com/events/159814360800569
Oradea: https://www.facebook.com/events/247005852043232/
Piatra Neamt: https://www.facebook.com/events/339153752782653/
Pitest: https://www.facebook.com/events/323200381052561/
Ploesti: http://www.facebook.com/events/182692728504106/
Ramnicu Valcea: https://www.facebook.com/events/381867198493288/
Resita: https://www.facebook.com/events/293770720684276/
Sfantu Gheorghe: http://www.facebook.com/events/239423339473891/
Sibiu: https://www.facebook.com/events/211035782326834/
Slatina: https://www.facebook.com/events/247473268660035/
Suceava: https://www.facebook.com/events/301228213267647/
Targoviste: https://www.facebook.com/events/274850545913882/
Targu Mures: https://www.facebook.com/events/240509612698417/
Targu Neamt: https://www.facebook.com/events/174123636024612
Timisoara: https://www.facebook.com/events/339815396050868/
Turda: https://www.facebook.com/events/251092221635949/

SCOTLAND
Glasgow: http://www.facebook.com/events/375858179095979/

SERBIA
Belgrade (Feb.9): http://www.facebook.com/events/357592967598565/

SLOVAKIA
Bratislava: https://www.facebook.com/events/104570893003311/
Nove Zamky: https://www.facebook.com/events/256723937730718/

SLOVENIA
Ljubljana (Feb.4): https://www.facebook.com/events/242732285801564/ 
Maribor(Feb.4):  https://www.facebook.com/events/369837519698057/
Online Protest: http://www.facebook.com/events/316615858389997

SPAIN
Barcelona: http://www.facebook.com/events/269537439784110/
Madrid: https://www.facebook.com/events/106651522793433/

SWEDEN
Borlange (Feb. 4): https://www.facebook.com/events/287094008012416/
Goteborg (Feb. 25): https://www.facebook.com/events/243895365687129/ and https://www.facebook.com/events/333701656663138/
Helsingborg: https://www.facebook.com/events/239284842817072/
Jonkoping: https://www.facebook.com/events/160788864034326/
Kalmar (Feb. 4): https://www.facebook.com/events/335884969766662/
Karlstad (Feb. 4): https://www.facebook.com/events/297023007013826/
Malmö (Feb.4): https://www.facebook.com/events/363889936958608/
Stockholm (Feb. 4): https://www.facebook.com/events/332489143440319/
Sundsvall (Feb.4): https://www.facebook.com/events/182586151841064/
Umea (Feb. 4): https://www.facebook.com/events/333701656663138/

SWITZERLAND
Geneva: https://www.facebook.com/events/145734798877975/
Zurich: http://www.facebook.com/events/179697445468919/

UNITED KINGDOM
Belfast: https://www.facebook.com/events/187075798067071/
Birmingham: http://www.facebook.com/events/241789552569403
Edinburgh: https://www.facebook.com/events/248493905226583/
Glasgow: https://www.facebook.com/events/375858179095979/
London: https://www.facebook.com/events/170835693019760/

Peterhead: http://www.facebook.com/events/343356492364097/

UNITED STATES
Corning, New York: http://www.facebook.com/events/174325296009139/
San Jose, California: https://www.facebook.com/events/367322379962713/
Traverse City, Michigan: https://www.facebook.com/events/364031900291592/

 

Source:  Access Now

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Anti-ACTA protests hit high gear across EU

By Pat Pilcher

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Activists protest against the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement in front of the Government palace in Vilnius, Lithuania. Photo / AP

Protests against the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) have kicked into high gear with massive demonstrations across four continents.

Protests are being held in over 200 European cities with hundreds of thousands of people taking to the streets to express their disgust at the European Parliament ratifying ACTA.

The protests follow hot on the heels of the European Union officially signing the “anti-piracy” trade agreement ACTA in January, following in the footsteps of New Zealand, Australia, Canada, Japan, South Korea, Morocco, Singapore and the US.

Whilst ACTA may have been signed in the EU, member states and the European Parliament have yet to ratify the treaty.

Hundreds of thousands of people across the world have taken to the streets with more expected to do their part online in order to prevent this from happening.

Of the protests being held across the EU, the largest protests to date have happened in Bulgaria, where an estimated 50,000 people took part.

“We see the suspension of ratification as a victory, but we cannot over-estimate it,” said the vice-president of the Czech Republic’s pirate party, Mikulas Ferjencik.

“We want ACTA to be stopped completely,” he added.

In Sofia, more than 3,000 demonstrators marched along major downtown boulevards, booing at the buildings of government and parliament.

Shouting “No to ACTA!” and “Mafia!”, they accused the government of signing the agreement secretly and without consulting the public.

In Tallinn, where about 1,500 turned out, lawmakers widened their criticism of ACTA to an attack on the country’s leadership.

“Estonia’s PM Ansip has often demonstrated that government decisions in Estonia are born somewhere in hidden cellars,” charged lawmaker Juku-Kalle Raid, whose party governs with Andrus Ansip’s Reform Party.

“The current case with ACTA only indicated that once again a decision was to be made without discussion with the people,” added the lawmaker.

The European Commission meanwhile published a document detailing the negotiation process of the pact, as it sought to defend itself against accusations of opacity.

“The EU strongly denies having provided any kind of preferential access to information to any group of stakeholders,” it said.

“There are also no secret protocols to the agreement and the final text is fully public and available to all citizens on the website of the European Commission,” it added.

ACTA was signed last year in Tokyo, and aims to bolster international standards for intellectual property protection, for example by doing more to fight counterfeit medicine and other goods.

But its attempt to attack illegal downloading and internet file-sharing has sparked charges that it compromises online freedom.

“I am here because I am against censorship on the internet, against the attempts to limit the freedom of information and against corporate interests which trample on human rights,” Maya Nikolova, 27, told AFP in Sofia.

Many Bulgarian musicians were also among the crowd, claiming that they rarely get copyright royalties anyway but were ready to sacrifice whatever little they do earn for the sake of internet freedom.

One of the Vilnius rally organisers, Mantas Kondratavicius, told AFP: “Some provisions of the treaty are too ambiguous and allow different interpretations.”

“If ACTA is approved, the understanding of human rights and privacy would change and there can be no way back,” warned the 21-year-old.

“I don’t deny that authors should be paid but that cannot be done at the expense of privacy or freedom of speech,” he stressed.

Meanwhile, some on Facebook chose to protest through blood donations.

“Blood is a life-giving power, just as information and ideas are for the web. Join our symbolic way to show that sharing is not a crime but has vital importance,” its organisers said.

Anti-ACTA sentiment is also strong within the EU parliament, who will vote on ratifying the agreement later this year. Several Members have already begun to urge fellow politicians not to let the copyright law go ahead.

Whilst ACTA mightn’t be anything new, it has received a lot more attention off the back of SOPA/PIPA protests in the US.

Already the German Government has said it won’t back ACTA, and the anti-ACTA protests, which started in Poland several weeks ago, are beginning to generate results, with Poland, Slovakia, the Czech Republic as well as Latvia all agreeing to put ACTA on hold.

If the sheer numbers involved in protests across the EU are anything to go by, there’s a massive opposition against ACTA building and migrating from the digital realm to the streets where it may have a very real political impact.

– NZHERALD STAFF/AFP

AUSTRALIA
Brisbane: https://www.facebook.com/events/343578872339343/

AUSTRIA
Bregenz: https://www.facebook.com/events/269553479781320/
Graz : https://www.facebook.com/events/118354621620542/
Innsbruck : https://www.facebook.com/events/295640580493380/
Klagenfurt: https://www.facebook.com/events/187879947980252/
Leoben: https://www.facebook.com/events/369123256446453/
Linz: https://www.facebook.com/events/288632391196893/
Salzburg: https://www.facebook.com/events/359919090704207/
Vienna : https://www.facebook.com/events/145907925526943/
Zwetti : https://www.facebook.com/events/209411655821825/

BELGIUM
National: https://www.facebook.com/events/220201778069181/
Bruxelles : https://www.facebook.com/events/282306501836322/
Liege: https://www.facebook.com/events/165951420182623/

BRITAIN
London: https://www.facebook.com/events/170835693019760/

BULGARIA

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kEt3U_bSfB0

 

CANADA
Edmonton: https://www.facebook.com/events/187676498006270/
New Brunswick: http://www.facebook.com/events/227729547320036/
Regina: https://www.facebook.com/events/350626631628691/

CROATIA
Zagreb https://www.facebook.com/events/329983600380349/
Osijek https://www.facebook.com/events/104432956352102/
Pula: https://www.facebook.com/events/357051020979539/
Rijeci: http://www.facebook.com/events/342396512466604/
Split: https://www.facebook.com/events/106130922847283/

CZECH REPUBLIC
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W_wRgSAxYmY

 

DENMARK
Aalborg (Feb.25): https://www.facebook.com/events/172169006225862/
Aarhus (Feb.25): https://www.facebook.com/events/348984005126264/
Copenhagen  (Feb.25): https://www.facebook.com/events/235321939883596/
Odense (Feb.25): http://www.facebook.com/events/373248572702248/

ESTONIA
Jõgevamaa: http://www.facebook.com/events/235379923215322/
Tartu: https://www.facebook.com/events/293549444038917/
Tallinn: https://www.facebook.com/events/314029425310101/

FINLAND
Helsinki: https://www.facebook.com/events/148411508609291/

FRANCE
Aix en Provence: https://www.facebook.com/events/244421288966558/
Ajaccio: https://www.facebook.com/events/133197000134763/
Albi: https://www.facebook.com/events/168765856565763/
Amiens: https://www.facebook.com/events/100287056765109/
Angers: https://www.facebook.com/events/199634866800799/
Annecy: https://www.facebook.com/events/257782500958741/
Avignon: https://www.facebook.com/events/205603019536597/
Bastia: https://www.facebook.com/events/319468184771534/
Bayonne: https://www.facebook.com/events/170881226348001/
Besançon: https://www.facebook.com/events/350055058338859/
Bordeaux: https://www.facebook.com/events/362717853754753/
Brest: https://www.facebook.com/events/115942121861376/
Caen : https://www.facebook.com/events/228618757227112/
Chambery: https://www.facebook.com/events/288493647877788/
Clermont-Ferrand: https://www.facebook.com/events/326849087360202/
Corte: https://www.facebook.com/events/185750778193305/
Dijon: https://www.facebook.com/events/274825002587428/
Douai: https://www.facebook.com/events/102456923212099/
Dunkerque: https://www.facebook.com/events/120665031389535/
Grenoble: https://www.facebook.com/events/291033160951733/
Limoges: https://www.facebook.com/events/321440564560770/
Lille: https://www.facebook.com/events/199934440105717/
Lorient: https://www.facebook.com/events/231912796892759/
Lyon: https://www.facebook.com/events/227033324049150/
Marseille: https://www.facebook.com/events/371810592833698/
Metz: https://www.facebook.com/events/223962574358248/
Montpellier: https://www.facebook.com/events/308322049214315/
Nancy: https://www.facebook.com/events/297319746990736/
Nantes: https://www.facebook.com/events/336368539718367/
Nevers: https://www.facebook.com/events/257478177653829/
Nice: https://www.facebook.com/events/226142050807952/
Nîmes: https://www.facebook.com/events/284365168292336/
Orléans: https://www.facebook.com/events/144336802350023/
Paris: https://www.facebook.com/events/261953107207192/

Perpignan: https://www.facebook.com/events/335195069845376/
Poitiers: https://www.facebook.com/events/335663953135037/
Porto-Vecchio: https://www.facebook.com/events/270343909700151/
Quimper: https://www.facebook.com/events/175748819198384/
Reims: https://www.facebook.com/events/261712197231360/
Rennes: https://www.facebook.com/events/284421551613274/
Rouen: https://www.facebook.com/events/150022838448409/
Saint-Brieuc: https://www.facebook.com/events/355899707762027/
Saint Denis (Ile de la Réunion): https://www.facebook.com/events/355272381151834/
Strasbourg: https://www.facebook.com/events/317988148239037/
Tarbes: https://www.facebook.com/events/336009553098334/
Toulouse: https://www.facebook.com/events/312007895501972/

Tours: https://www.facebook.com/events/282746828454027/
Troyes: https://www.facebook.com/events/322202587818097/

GERMANY
Aachen: https://www.facebook.com/events/290803420973299/
Annaberg-Buchholz: https://www.facebook.com/events/229143120506127/
Augsburg: https://www.facebook.com/events/245798608830506
Berlin: https://www.facebook.com/events/338799346153966/
Bielefeld: https://www.facebook.com/events/231717836912664/
Bremen: https://www.facebook.com/events/320064574703829

Bremerhaven: https://www.facebook.com/events/222669041158397/
Brunswick: https://www.facebook.com/events/297423820306461/
Cologne: https://www.facebook.com/events/207644835998103/
Crailsheim: https://www.facebook.com/events/241560099256920
Dortmund: https://www.facebook.com/events/292927114099000
Dresden: https://www.facebook.com/events/155805177868102/
Duisburg: https://www.facebook.com/events/360323100663808
Dusseldorf: https://www.facebook.com/events/228942327190942/
Erfurt: https://www.facebook.com/events/204041156361455/
Frankfurt/Main: https://www.facebook.com/events/129547730499332/
Freiburg: https://www.facebook.com/events/313894588647456/
Gera: https://www.facebook.com/events/223899837704637
Hamburg: https://www.facebook.com/events/159557767491881/
Hanover: https://www.facebook.com/events/360437973983925/
Heidelburg: https://www.facebook.com/events/373446242671293/
Heidenheim: https://www.facebook.com/events/242282912517339/
Hof: https://www.facebook.com/events/235402929880096
Ingolstadt: https://www.facebook.com/events/239207726161954/
Kassel: https://www.facebook.com/events/320293564679124/
Kiel: https://www.facebook.com/events/143150565804393/
Leipzig: https://www.facebook.com/events/316277768408479/
Mainz: https://www.facebook.com/events/169154469860540/
Magdeburg: https://www.facebook.com/events/104321526360193/
Mannheim: https://www.facebook.com/events/267555573314186/
Mettmann: https://www.facebook.com/events/334580503240450/
Minden: https://www.facebook.com/events/310027772381359/
Munich: https://www.facebook.com/events/117215651734097/
Munster: https://www.facebook.com/events/261880393883349/
Neuss: https://www.facebook.com/events/289961161066372/
Nordenham: https://www.facebook.com/events/182942588474388/
Nürnberg: https://www.facebook.com/events/244916202249229/
Osnabrück: https://www.facebook.com/events/182606345180976
Potsdam: https://www.facebook.com/events/350079258349898/
Ravensburg: https://www.facebook.com/events/344813968872396/
Regensburg: https://www.akv-r.de/2012/01/30/demoaufruf-acta-ad-acta/
Rostock: https://www.facebook.com/events/360013494010391/
Saarbruecken: https://www.facebook.com/events/337811569584831/
Schwerin: https://www.facebook.com/events/183351785099000/
Stade: https://www.facebook.com/events/129707167150888/
Stuttgart: https://www.facebook.com/events/144489442335635/
Trier (Feb. 4): https://www.facebook.com/events/368640866495001/
Ulm: https://www.facebook.com/events/199865750111770/
Wurzburg: https://www.facebook.com/events/234203816662508/

GREECE
Athens: https://www.facebook.com/events/330860890287455
Patra: https://www.facebook.com/events/289412584454221/
Thessaloniki: https://www.facebook.com/events/173041956132547/

HUNGARY
Budapest: https://www.facebook.com/events/239140316165296/
Pecs: https://www.facebook.com/events/284679514931085/
Szeged: https://www.facebook.com/events/345332565488424/

IRELAND
Dublin (Feb. 4): https://www.facebook.com/events/284626631593223/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zxKsr9kfL4o

http://www.youtube.ug/watch?v=QjLY_iCD9G0

http://youtube.ng/watch?v=QjLY_iCD9G0&feature=related

 

ITALY
Florence: http://www.facebook.com/events/306158699431655/ and http://www.facebook.com/events/208195132612866/
Rome: http://www.facebook.com/events/321701717870935/

LATVIA
Riga (Feb. 13): https://www.facebook.com/events/114172405371886/

LITHUANIA
Kaunas: http://flashmobas.lt/registracija/
Klaipeda: http://www.facebook.com/events/247291195350856/
Vilnius: https://www.facebook.com/events/229745113780889/

LUXEMBOURG
Luxembourg: https://www.facebook.com/events/321922584518265/

MALTA
Valetta: https://www.facebook.com/events/372841852732565/

MEXICO
San Miguel: http://www.facebook.com/events/355447504474609/NETHERLANDS
Amsterdam: https://www.facebook.com/events/366916189988648/
Rotterdam: https://www.facebook.com/events/100817413381050/
Utrecht: https://www.facebook.com/events/176430152460620/

NETHERLANDS
Amsterdam: https://www.facebook.com/events/366916189988648/
Rotterdam: https://www.facebook.com/events/100817413381050/
Utrecht: https://www.facebook.com/events/176430152460620/

 

 

Members of Palikot’s Movement in Poland wear Guy Fawkes masks during a vote of no confidence on ACTA (Agencja Gazeta/Reuters).

 

POLAND
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jrdNKcUpJPg

PORTUGAL
Braga: https://www.facebook.com/events/286463268083269/
Coimbra: https://www.facebook.com/events/222604307833091/
Lisboa: https://www.facebook.com/events/263755510363956/
Porto: https://www.facebook.com/events/278149665584864/

ROMANIA
Alba-Iulia: https://www.facebook.com/events/359422984085931/
Arad: https://www.facebook.com/events/102260503236472/
Bacau: https://www.facebook.com/events/267353136663351/
Baia Mare: https://www.facebook.com/events/288609117870711/
Barlad: https://www.facebook.com/events/339834029384482/
Brasov: https://www.facebook.com/events/353334364691465/
Bucharest: https://www.facebook.com/events/305136589533613 and https://www.facebook.com/events/178989628875856/
Buzau: https://www.facebook.com/events/103890166402105/
Campulung: http://www.facebook.com/events/332963343414600/
Caracal: https://www.facebook.com/events/236296929789967/
Constanta: https://www.facebook.com/events/384892581527047/
Craiova: https://www.facebook.com/events/320998614608351/
Cluj: https://www.facebook.com/events/318417421533389/
Cugir: https://www.facebook.com/events/239523222796240/
Deva: https://www.facebook.com/events/378479838832580
Focsani: https://www.facebook.com/events/317593171610294/
Galati: https://www.facebook.com/events/163823730398453/ and http://www.facebook.com/events/258596844211432/ and http://www.facebook.com/events/151356064982334
Gorj: https://www.facebook.com/events/346143082073398/
Hunedoara: https://www.facebook.com/events/341150959258693/
Iasi: https://www.facebook.com/events/309888002390146/<
Oltenita: https://www.facebook.com/events/159814360800569
Oradea: https://www.facebook.com/events/247005852043232/
Piatra Neamt: https://www.facebook.com/events/339153752782653/
Pitest: https://www.facebook.com/events/323200381052561/
Ploesti: http://www.facebook.com/events/182692728504106/
Ramnicu Valcea: https://www.facebook.com/events/381867198493288/
Resita: https://www.facebook.com/events/293770720684276/
Sfantu Gheorghe: http://www.facebook.com/events/239423339473891/
Sibiu: https://www.facebook.com/events/211035782326834/
Slatina: https://www.facebook.com/events/247473268660035/
Suceava: https://www.facebook.com/events/301228213267647/
Targoviste: https://www.facebook.com/events/274850545913882/
Targu Mures: https://www.facebook.com/events/240509612698417/
Targu Neamt: https://www.facebook.com/events/174123636024612
Timisoara: https://www.facebook.com/events/339815396050868/
Turda: https://www.facebook.com/events/251092221635949/

SCOTLAND
Glasgow: http://www.facebook.com/events/375858179095979/

SERBIA
Belgrade (Feb.9): http://www.facebook.com/events/357592967598565/

SLOVAKIA
Bratislava: https://www.facebook.com/events/104570893003311/
Nove Zamky: https://www.facebook.com/events/256723937730718/

SLOVENIA
Ljubljana (Feb.4): https://www.facebook.com/events/242732285801564/ 
Maribor(Feb.4):  https://www.facebook.com/events/369837519698057/
Online Protest: http://www.facebook.com/events/316615858389997

SPAIN
Barcelona: http://www.facebook.com/events/269537439784110/
Madrid: https://www.facebook.com/events/106651522793433/

SWEDEN
Borlange (Feb. 4): https://www.facebook.com/events/287094008012416/
Goteborg (Feb. 25): https://www.facebook.com/events/243895365687129/ and https://www.facebook.com/events/333701656663138/
Helsingborg: https://www.facebook.com/events/239284842817072/
Jonkoping: https://www.facebook.com/events/160788864034326/
Kalmar (Feb. 4): https://www.facebook.com/events/335884969766662/
Karlstad (Feb. 4): https://www.facebook.com/events/297023007013826/
Malmö (Feb.4): https://www.facebook.com/events/363889936958608/
Stockholm (Feb. 4): https://www.facebook.com/events/332489143440319/
Sundsvall (Feb.4): https://www.facebook.com/events/182586151841064/
Umea (Feb. 4): https://www.facebook.com/events/333701656663138/

SWITZERLAND
Geneva: https://www.facebook.com/events/145734798877975/
Zurich: http://www.facebook.com/events/179697445468919/

UNITED KINGDOM
Belfast: https://www.facebook.com/events/187075798067071/
Birmingham: http://www.facebook.com/events/241789552569403
Edinburgh: https://www.facebook.com/events/248493905226583/
Glasgow: https://www.facebook.com/events/375858179095979/
London: https://www.facebook.com/events/170835693019760/

Peterhead: http://www.facebook.com/events/343356492364097/

UNITED STATES
Corning, New York: http://www.facebook.com/events/174325296009139/
San Jose, California: https://www.facebook.com/events/367322379962713/
Traverse City, Michigan: https://www.facebook.com/events/364031900291592/

 

Source:  Access Now

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Anti-ACTA protests hit high gear across EU

By Pat Pilcher
AFP via New Zealand Herald

Protests against the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) have kicked into high gear with massive demonstrations across four continents.

Protests are being held in over 200 European cities with hundreds of thousands of people taking to the streets to express their disgust at the European Parliament ratifying ACTA.

The protests follow hot on the heels of the European Union officially signing the “anti-piracy” trade agreement ACTA in January, following in the footsteps of New Zealand, Australia, Canada, Japan, South Korea, Morocco, Singapore and the US.

Whilst ACTA may have been signed in the EU, member states and the European Parliament have yet to ratify the treaty.

Hundreds of thousands of people across the world have taken to the streets with more expected to do their part online in order to prevent this from happening.

Of the protests being held across the EU, the largest protests to date have happened in Bulgaria, where an estimated 50,000 people took part.

“We see the suspension of ratification as a victory, but we cannot over-estimate it,” said the vice-president of the Czech Republic’s pirate party, Mikulas Ferjencik.

“We want ACTA to be stopped completely,” he added.

In Sofia, more than 3,000 demonstrators marched along major downtown boulevards, booing at the buildings of government and parliament.

Shouting “No to ACTA!” and “Mafia!”, they accused the government of signing the agreement secretly and without consulting the public.

In Tallinn, where about 1,500 turned out, lawmakers widened their criticism of ACTA to an attack on the country’s leadership.

“Estonia’s PM Ansip has often demonstrated that government decisions in Estonia are born somewhere in hidden cellars,”

charged lawmaker Juku-Kalle Raid, whose party governs with Andrus Ansip’s Reform Party.

“The current case with ACTA only indicated that once again a decision was to be made without discussion with the people,”

added the lawmaker.

The European Commission meanwhile published a document detailing the negotiation process of the pact, as it sought to defend itself against accusations of opacity.

“The EU strongly denies having provided any kind of preferential access to information to any group of stakeholders,” it said.

“There are also no secret protocols to the agreement and the final text is fully public and available to all citizens on the website of the European Commission,” it added.

ACTA was signed last year in Tokyo, and aims to bolster international standards for intellectual property protection, for example by doing more to fight counterfeit medicine and other goods.

But its attempt to attack illegal downloading and internet file-sharing has sparked charges that it compromises online freedom.

“I am here because I am against censorship on the internet, against the attempts to limit the freedom of information and against corporate interests which trample on human rights,”

Maya Nikolova, 27, told AFP in Sofia.

Many Bulgarian musicians were also among the crowd, claiming that they rarely get copyright royalties anyway but were ready to sacrifice whatever little they do earn for the sake of internet freedom.

One of the Vilnius rally organisers, Mantas Kondratavicius, told AFP:

“Some provisions of the treaty are too ambiguous and allow different interpretations.”

“If ACTA is approved, the understanding of human rights and privacy would change and there can be no way back,” warned the 21-year-old.

“I don’t deny that authors should be paid but that cannot be done at the expense of privacy or freedom of speech,” he stressed.

Meanwhile, some on Facebook chose to protest through blood donations.

“Blood is a life-giving power, just as information and ideas are for the web. Join our symbolic way to show that sharing is not a crime but has vital importance,” its organisers said.

Anti-ACTA sentiment is also strong within the EU parliament, who will vote on ratifying the agreement later this year. Several Members have already begun to urge fellow politicians not to let the copyright law go ahead.

Whilst ACTA mightn’t be anything new, it has received a lot more attention off the back of SOPA/PIPA protests in the US.

Already the German Government has said it won’t back ACTA, and the anti-ACTA protests, which started in Poland several weeks ago, are beginning to generate results, with Poland, Slovakia, the Czech Republic as well as Latvia all agreeing to put ACTA on hold.

If the sheer numbers involved in protests across the EU are anything to go by, there’s a massive opposition against ACTA building and migrating from the digital realm to the streets where it may have a very real political impact.

 

Source: AFP via New Zealand Herald

AUSTRALIA
Brisbane: https://www.facebook.com/events/343578872339343/

AUSTRIA
Bregenz: https://www.facebook.com/events/269553479781320/
Graz : https://www.facebook.com/events/118354621620542/
Innsbruck : https://www.facebook.com/events/295640580493380/
Klagenfurt: https://www.facebook.com/events/187879947980252/
Leoben: https://www.facebook.com/events/369123256446453/
Linz: https://www.facebook.com/events/288632391196893/
Salzburg: https://www.facebook.com/events/359919090704207/
Vienna : https://www.facebook.com/events/145907925526943/
Zwetti : https://www.facebook.com/events/209411655821825/

BELGIUM
National: https://www.facebook.com/events/220201778069181/
Bruxelles : https://www.facebook.com/events/282306501836322/
Liege: https://www.facebook.com/events/165951420182623/

BRITAIN
London: https://www.facebook.com/events/170835693019760/

BULGARIA

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kEt3U_bSfB0

 

CANADA
Edmonton: https://www.facebook.com/events/187676498006270/
New Brunswick: http://www.facebook.com/events/227729547320036/
Regina: https://www.facebook.com/events/350626631628691/

CROATIA
Zagreb https://www.facebook.com/events/329983600380349/
Osijek https://www.facebook.com/events/104432956352102/
Pula: https://www.facebook.com/events/357051020979539/
Rijeci: http://www.facebook.com/events/342396512466604/
Split: https://www.facebook.com/events/106130922847283/

CZECH REPUBLIC
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W_wRgSAxYmY

 

DENMARK
Aalborg (Feb.25): https://www.facebook.com/events/172169006225862/
Aarhus (Feb.25): https://www.facebook.com/events/348984005126264/
Copenhagen  (Feb.25): https://www.facebook.com/events/235321939883596/
Odense (Feb.25): http://www.facebook.com/events/373248572702248/

ESTONIA
Jõgevamaa: http://www.facebook.com/events/235379923215322/
Tartu: https://www.facebook.com/events/293549444038917/
Tallinn: https://www.facebook.com/events/314029425310101/

FINLAND
Helsinki: https://www.facebook.com/events/148411508609291/

FRANCE
Aix en Provence: https://www.facebook.com/events/244421288966558/
Ajaccio: https://www.facebook.com/events/133197000134763/
Albi: https://www.facebook.com/events/168765856565763/
Amiens: https://www.facebook.com/events/100287056765109/
Angers: https://www.facebook.com/events/199634866800799/
Annecy: https://www.facebook.com/events/257782500958741/
Avignon: https://www.facebook.com/events/205603019536597/
Bastia: https://www.facebook.com/events/319468184771534/
Bayonne: https://www.facebook.com/events/170881226348001/
Besançon: https://www.facebook.com/events/350055058338859/
Bordeaux: https://www.facebook.com/events/362717853754753/
Brest: https://www.facebook.com/events/115942121861376/
Caen : https://www.facebook.com/events/228618757227112/
Chambery: https://www.facebook.com/events/288493647877788/
Clermont-Ferrand: https://www.facebook.com/events/326849087360202/
Corte: https://www.facebook.com/events/185750778193305/
Dijon: https://www.facebook.com/events/274825002587428/
Douai: https://www.facebook.com/events/102456923212099/
Dunkerque: https://www.facebook.com/events/120665031389535/
Grenoble: https://www.facebook.com/events/291033160951733/
Limoges: https://www.facebook.com/events/321440564560770/
Lille: https://www.facebook.com/events/199934440105717/
Lorient: https://www.facebook.com/events/231912796892759/
Lyon: https://www.facebook.com/events/227033324049150/
Marseille: https://www.facebook.com/events/371810592833698/
Metz: https://www.facebook.com/events/223962574358248/
Montpellier: https://www.facebook.com/events/308322049214315/
Nancy: https://www.facebook.com/events/297319746990736/
Nantes: https://www.facebook.com/events/336368539718367/
Nevers: https://www.facebook.com/events/257478177653829/
Nice: https://www.facebook.com/events/226142050807952/
Nîmes: https://www.facebook.com/events/284365168292336/
Orléans: https://www.facebook.com/events/144336802350023/
Paris: https://www.facebook.com/events/261953107207192/

Perpignan: https://www.facebook.com/events/335195069845376/
Poitiers: https://www.facebook.com/events/335663953135037/
Porto-Vecchio: https://www.facebook.com/events/270343909700151/
Quimper: https://www.facebook.com/events/175748819198384/
Reims: https://www.facebook.com/events/261712197231360/
Rennes: https://www.facebook.com/events/284421551613274/
Rouen: https://www.facebook.com/events/150022838448409/
Saint-Brieuc: https://www.facebook.com/events/355899707762027/
Saint Denis (Ile de la Réunion): https://www.facebook.com/events/355272381151834/
Strasbourg: https://www.facebook.com/events/317988148239037/
Tarbes: https://www.facebook.com/events/336009553098334/
Toulouse: https://www.facebook.com/events/312007895501972/

Tours: https://www.facebook.com/events/282746828454027/
Troyes: https://www.facebook.com/events/322202587818097/

GERMANY
Aachen: https://www.facebook.com/events/290803420973299/
Annaberg-Buchholz: https://www.facebook.com/events/229143120506127/
Augsburg: https://www.facebook.com/events/245798608830506
Berlin: https://www.facebook.com/events/338799346153966/
Bielefeld: https://www.facebook.com/events/231717836912664/
Bremen: https://www.facebook.com/events/320064574703829

Bremerhaven: https://www.facebook.com/events/222669041158397/
Brunswick: https://www.facebook.com/events/297423820306461/
Cologne: https://www.facebook.com/events/207644835998103/
Crailsheim: https://www.facebook.com/events/241560099256920
Dortmund: https://www.facebook.com/events/292927114099000
Dresden: https://www.facebook.com/events/155805177868102/
Duisburg: https://www.facebook.com/events/360323100663808
Dusseldorf: https://www.facebook.com/events/228942327190942/
Erfurt: https://www.facebook.com/events/204041156361455/
Frankfurt/Main: https://www.facebook.com/events/129547730499332/
Freiburg: https://www.facebook.com/events/313894588647456/
Gera: https://www.facebook.com/events/223899837704637
Hamburg: https://www.facebook.com/events/159557767491881/
Hanover: https://www.facebook.com/events/360437973983925/
Heidelburg: https://www.facebook.com/events/373446242671293/
Heidenheim: https://www.facebook.com/events/242282912517339/
Hof: https://www.facebook.com/events/235402929880096
Ingolstadt: https://www.facebook.com/events/239207726161954/
Kassel: https://www.facebook.com/events/320293564679124/
Kiel: https://www.facebook.com/events/143150565804393/
Leipzig: https://www.facebook.com/events/316277768408479/
Mainz: https://www.facebook.com/events/169154469860540/
Magdeburg: https://www.facebook.com/events/104321526360193/
Mannheim: https://www.facebook.com/events/267555573314186/
Mettmann: https://www.facebook.com/events/334580503240450/
Minden: https://www.facebook.com/events/310027772381359/
Munich: https://www.facebook.com/events/117215651734097/
Munster: https://www.facebook.com/events/261880393883349/
Neuss: https://www.facebook.com/events/289961161066372/
Nordenham: https://www.facebook.com/events/182942588474388/
Nürnberg: https://www.facebook.com/events/244916202249229/
Osnabrück: https://www.facebook.com/events/182606345180976
Potsdam: https://www.facebook.com/events/350079258349898/
Ravensburg: https://www.facebook.com/events/344813968872396/
Regensburg: https://www.akv-r.de/2012/01/30/demoaufruf-acta-ad-acta/
Rostock: https://www.facebook.com/events/360013494010391/
Saarbruecken: https://www.facebook.com/events/337811569584831/
Schwerin: https://www.facebook.com/events/183351785099000/
Stade: https://www.facebook.com/events/129707167150888/
Stuttgart: https://www.facebook.com/events/144489442335635/
Trier (Feb. 4): https://www.facebook.com/events/368640866495001/
Ulm: https://www.facebook.com/events/199865750111770/
Wurzburg: https://www.facebook.com/events/234203816662508/

GREECE
Athens: https://www.facebook.com/events/330860890287455
Patra: https://www.facebook.com/events/289412584454221/
Thessaloniki: https://www.facebook.com/events/173041956132547/

HUNGARY
Budapest: https://www.facebook.com/events/239140316165296/
Pecs: https://www.facebook.com/events/284679514931085/
Szeged: https://www.facebook.com/events/345332565488424/

IRELAND
Dublin (Feb. 4): https://www.facebook.com/events/284626631593223/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zxKsr9kfL4o

http://www.youtube.ug/watch?v=QjLY_iCD9G0

http://youtube.ng/watch?v=QjLY_iCD9G0&feature=related

 

ITALY
Florence: http://www.facebook.com/events/306158699431655/ and http://www.facebook.com/events/208195132612866/
Rome: http://www.facebook.com/events/321701717870935/

LATVIA
Riga (Feb. 13): https://www.facebook.com/events/114172405371886/

LITHUANIA
Kaunas: http://flashmobas.lt/registracija/
Klaipeda: http://www.facebook.com/events/247291195350856/
Vilnius: https://www.facebook.com/events/229745113780889/

LUXEMBOURG
Luxembourg: https://www.facebook.com/events/321922584518265/

MALTA
Valetta: https://www.facebook.com/events/372841852732565/

MEXICO
San Miguel: http://www.facebook.com/events/355447504474609/NETHERLANDS
Amsterdam: https://www.facebook.com/events/366916189988648/
Rotterdam: https://www.facebook.com/events/100817413381050/
Utrecht: https://www.facebook.com/events/176430152460620/

NETHERLANDS
Amsterdam: https://www.facebook.com/events/366916189988648/
Rotterdam: https://www.facebook.com/events/100817413381050/
Utrecht: https://www.facebook.com/events/176430152460620/

 

 

Members of Palikot’s Movement in Poland wear Guy Fawkes masks during a vote of no confidence on ACTA (Agencja Gazeta/Reuters).

 

POLAND
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jrdNKcUpJPg

PORTUGAL
Braga: https://www.facebook.com/events/286463268083269/
Coimbra: https://www.facebook.com/events/222604307833091/
Lisboa: https://www.facebook.com/events/263755510363956/
Porto: https://www.facebook.com/events/278149665584864/

ROMANIA
Alba-Iulia: https://www.facebook.com/events/359422984085931/
Arad: https://www.facebook.com/events/102260503236472/
Bacau: https://www.facebook.com/events/267353136663351/
Baia Mare: https://www.facebook.com/events/288609117870711/
Barlad: https://www.facebook.com/events/339834029384482/
Brasov: https://www.facebook.com/events/353334364691465/
Bucharest: https://www.facebook.com/events/305136589533613 and https://www.facebook.com/events/178989628875856/
Buzau: https://www.facebook.com/events/103890166402105/
Campulung: http://www.facebook.com/events/332963343414600/
Caracal: https://www.facebook.com/events/236296929789967/
Constanta: https://www.facebook.com/events/384892581527047/
Craiova: https://www.facebook.com/events/320998614608351/
Cluj: https://www.facebook.com/events/318417421533389/
Cugir: https://www.facebook.com/events/239523222796240/
Deva: https://www.facebook.com/events/378479838832580
Focsani: https://www.facebook.com/events/317593171610294/
Galati: https://www.facebook.com/events/163823730398453/ and http://www.facebook.com/events/258596844211432/ and http://www.facebook.com/events/151356064982334
Gorj: https://www.facebook.com/events/346143082073398/
Hunedoara: https://www.facebook.com/events/341150959258693/
Iasi: https://www.facebook.com/events/309888002390146/<
Oltenita: https://www.facebook.com/events/159814360800569
Oradea: https://www.facebook.com/events/247005852043232/
Piatra Neamt: https://www.facebook.com/events/339153752782653/
Pitest: https://www.facebook.com/events/323200381052561/
Ploesti: http://www.facebook.com/events/182692728504106/
Ramnicu Valcea: https://www.facebook.com/events/381867198493288/
Resita: https://www.facebook.com/events/293770720684276/
Sfantu Gheorghe: http://www.facebook.com/events/239423339473891/
Sibiu: https://www.facebook.com/events/211035782326834/
Slatina: https://www.facebook.com/events/247473268660035/
Suceava: https://www.facebook.com/events/301228213267647/
Targoviste: https://www.facebook.com/events/274850545913882/
Targu Mures: https://www.facebook.com/events/240509612698417/
Targu Neamt: https://www.facebook.com/events/174123636024612
Timisoara: https://www.facebook.com/events/339815396050868/
Turda: https://www.facebook.com/events/251092221635949/

SCOTLAND
Glasgow: http://www.facebook.com/events/375858179095979/

SERBIA
Belgrade (Feb.9): http://www.facebook.com/events/357592967598565/

SLOVAKIA
Bratislava: https://www.facebook.com/events/104570893003311/
Nove Zamky: https://www.facebook.com/events/256723937730718/

SLOVENIA
Ljubljana (Feb.4): https://www.facebook.com/events/242732285801564/ 
Maribor(Feb.4):  https://www.facebook.com/events/369837519698057/
Online Protest: http://www.facebook.com/events/316615858389997

SPAIN
Barcelona: http://www.facebook.com/events/269537439784110/
Madrid: https://www.facebook.com/events/106651522793433/

SWEDEN
Borlange (Feb. 4): https://www.facebook.com/events/287094008012416/
Goteborg (Feb. 25): https://www.facebook.com/events/243895365687129/ and https://www.facebook.com/events/333701656663138/
Helsingborg: https://www.facebook.com/events/239284842817072/
Jonkoping: https://www.facebook.com/events/160788864034326/
Kalmar (Feb. 4): https://www.facebook.com/events/335884969766662/
Karlstad (Feb. 4): https://www.facebook.com/events/297023007013826/
Malmö (Feb.4): https://www.facebook.com/events/363889936958608/
Stockholm (Feb. 4): https://www.facebook.com/events/332489143440319/
Sundsvall (Feb.4): https://www.facebook.com/events/182586151841064/
Umea (Feb. 4): https://www.facebook.com/events/333701656663138/

SWITZERLAND
Geneva: https://www.facebook.com/events/145734798877975/
Zurich: http://www.facebook.com/events/179697445468919/

UNITED KINGDOM
Belfast: https://www.facebook.com/events/187075798067071/
Birmingham: http://www.facebook.com/events/241789552569403
Edinburgh: https://www.facebook.com/events/248493905226583/
Glasgow: https://www.facebook.com/events/375858179095979/
London: https://www.facebook.com/events/170835693019760/

Peterhead: http://www.facebook.com/events/343356492364097/

UNITED STATES
Corning, New York: http://www.facebook.com/events/174325296009139/
San Jose, California: https://www.facebook.com/events/367322379962713/
Traverse City, Michigan: https://www.facebook.com/events/364031900291592/

 

Source:  Access Now

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Anti-ACTA protests hit high gear across EU

By Pat Pilcher
AFP via New Zealand Herald

Protests against the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) have kicked into high gear with massive demonstrations across four continents.

Protests are being held in over 200 European cities with hundreds of thousands of people taking to the streets to express their disgust at the European Parliament ratifying ACTA.

The protests follow hot on the heels of the European Union officially signing the “anti-piracy” trade agreement ACTA in January, following in the footsteps of New Zealand, Australia, Canada, Japan, South Korea, Morocco, Singapore and the US.

Whilst ACTA may have been signed in the EU, member states and the European Parliament have yet to ratify the treaty.

Hundreds of thousands of people across the world have taken to the streets with more expected to do their part online in order to prevent this from happening.

Of the protests being held across the EU, the largest protests to date have happened in Bulgaria, where an estimated 50,000 people took part.

“We see the suspension of ratification as a victory, but we cannot over-estimate it,” said the vice-president of the Czech Republic’s pirate party, Mikulas Ferjencik.

“We want ACTA to be stopped completely,” he added.

In Sofia, more than 3,000 demonstrators marched along major downtown boulevards, booing at the buildings of government and parliament.

Shouting “No to ACTA!” and “Mafia!”, they accused the government of signing the agreement secretly and without consulting the public.

In Tallinn, where about 1,500 turned out, lawmakers widened their criticism of ACTA to an attack on the country’s leadership.

“Estonia’s PM Ansip has often demonstrated that government decisions in Estonia are born somewhere in hidden cellars,”

charged lawmaker Juku-Kalle Raid, whose party governs with Andrus Ansip’s Reform Party.

“The current case with ACTA only indicated that once again a decision was to be made without discussion with the people,”

added the lawmaker.

The European Commission meanwhile published a document detailing the negotiation process of the pact, as it sought to defend itself against accusations of opacity.

“The EU strongly denies having provided any kind of preferential access to information to any group of stakeholders,” it said.

“There are also no secret protocols to the agreement and the final text is fully public and available to all citizens on the website of the European Commission,” it added.

ACTA was signed last year in Tokyo, and aims to bolster international standards for intellectual property protection, for example by doing more to fight counterfeit medicine and other goods.

But its attempt to attack illegal downloading and internet file-sharing has sparked charges that it compromises online freedom.

“I am here because I am against censorship on the internet, against the attempts to limit the freedom of information and against corporate interests which trample on human rights,”

Maya Nikolova, 27, told AFP in Sofia.

Many Bulgarian musicians were also among the crowd, claiming that they rarely get copyright royalties anyway but were ready to sacrifice whatever little they do earn for the sake of internet freedom.

One of the Vilnius rally organisers, Mantas Kondratavicius, told AFP:

“Some provisions of the treaty are too ambiguous and allow different interpretations.”

“If ACTA is approved, the understanding of human rights and privacy would change and there can be no way back,” warned the 21-year-old.

“I don’t deny that authors should be paid but that cannot be done at the expense of privacy or freedom of speech,” he stressed.

Meanwhile, some on Facebook chose to protest through blood donations.

“Blood is a life-giving power, just as information and ideas are for the web. Join our symbolic way to show that sharing is not a crime but has vital importance,” its organisers said.

Anti-ACTA sentiment is also strong within the EU parliament, who will vote on ratifying the agreement later this year. Several Members have already begun to urge fellow politicians not to let the copyright law go ahead.

Whilst ACTA mightn’t be anything new, it has received a lot more attention off the back of SOPA/PIPA protests in the US.

Already the German Government has said it won’t back ACTA, and the anti-ACTA protests, which started in Poland several weeks ago, are beginning to generate results, with Poland, Slovakia, the Czech Republic as well as Latvia all agreeing to put ACTA on hold.

If the sheer numbers involved in protests across the EU are anything to go by, there’s a massive opposition against ACTA building and migrating from the digital realm to the streets where it may have a very real political impact.

 

Source: AFP via New Zealand Herald

AUSTRALIA
Brisbane: https://www.facebook.com/events/343578872339343/

AUSTRIA
Bregenz: https://www.facebook.com/events/269553479781320/
Graz : https://www.facebook.com/events/118354621620542/
Innsbruck : https://www.facebook.com/events/295640580493380/
Klagenfurt: https://www.facebook.com/events/187879947980252/
Leoben: https://www.facebook.com/events/369123256446453/
Linz: https://www.facebook.com/events/288632391196893/
Salzburg: https://www.facebook.com/events/359919090704207/
Vienna : https://www.facebook.com/events/145907925526943/
Zwetti : https://www.facebook.com/events/209411655821825/

BELGIUM
National: https://www.facebook.com/events/220201778069181/
Bruxelles : https://www.facebook.com/events/282306501836322/
Liege: https://www.facebook.com/events/165951420182623/

BRITAIN
London: https://www.facebook.com/events/170835693019760/

BULGARIA

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kEt3U_bSfB0

 

CANADA
Edmonton: https://www.facebook.com/events/187676498006270/
New Brunswick: http://www.facebook.com/events/227729547320036/
Regina: https://www.facebook.com/events/350626631628691/

CROATIA
Zagreb https://www.facebook.com/events/329983600380349/
Osijek https://www.facebook.com/events/104432956352102/
Pula: https://www.facebook.com/events/357051020979539/
Rijeci: http://www.facebook.com/events/342396512466604/
Split: https://www.facebook.com/events/106130922847283/

CZECH REPUBLIC
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W_wRgSAxYmY

 

DENMARK
Aalborg (Feb.25): https://www.facebook.com/events/172169006225862/
Aarhus (Feb.25): https://www.facebook.com/events/348984005126264/
Copenhagen  (Feb.25): https://www.facebook.com/events/235321939883596/
Odense (Feb.25): http://www.facebook.com/events/373248572702248/

ESTONIA
Jõgevamaa: http://www.facebook.com/events/235379923215322/
Tartu: https://www.facebook.com/events/293549444038917/
Tallinn: https://www.facebook.com/events/314029425310101/

FINLAND
Helsinki: https://www.facebook.com/events/148411508609291/

FRANCE
Aix en Provence: https://www.facebook.com/events/244421288966558/
Ajaccio: https://www.facebook.com/events/133197000134763/
Albi: https://www.facebook.com/events/168765856565763/
Amiens: https://www.facebook.com/events/100287056765109/
Angers: https://www.facebook.com/events/199634866800799/
Annecy: https://www.facebook.com/events/257782500958741/
Avignon: https://www.facebook.com/events/205603019536597/
Bastia: https://www.facebook.com/events/319468184771534/
Bayonne: https://www.facebook.com/events/170881226348001/
Besançon: https://www.facebook.com/events/350055058338859/
Bordeaux: https://www.facebook.com/events/362717853754753/
Brest: https://www.facebook.com/events/115942121861376/
Caen : https://www.facebook.com/events/228618757227112/
Chambery: https://www.facebook.com/events/288493647877788/
Clermont-Ferrand: https://www.facebook.com/events/326849087360202/
Corte: https://www.facebook.com/events/185750778193305/
Dijon: https://www.facebook.com/events/274825002587428/
Douai: https://www.facebook.com/events/102456923212099/
Dunkerque: https://www.facebook.com/events/120665031389535/
Grenoble: https://www.facebook.com/events/291033160951733/
Limoges: https://www.facebook.com/events/321440564560770/
Lille: https://www.facebook.com/events/199934440105717/
Lorient: https://www.facebook.com/events/231912796892759/
Lyon: https://www.facebook.com/events/227033324049150/
Marseille: https://www.facebook.com/events/371810592833698/
Metz: https://www.facebook.com/events/223962574358248/
Montpellier: https://www.facebook.com/events/308322049214315/
Nancy: https://www.facebook.com/events/297319746990736/
Nantes: https://www.facebook.com/events/336368539718367/
Nevers: https://www.facebook.com/events/257478177653829/
Nice: https://www.facebook.com/events/226142050807952/
Nîmes: https://www.facebook.com/events/284365168292336/
Orléans: https://www.facebook.com/events/144336802350023/
Paris: https://www.facebook.com/events/261953107207192/

Perpignan: https://www.facebook.com/events/335195069845376/
Poitiers: https://www.facebook.com/events/335663953135037/
Porto-Vecchio: https://www.facebook.com/events/270343909700151/
Quimper: https://www.facebook.com/events/175748819198384/
Reims: https://www.facebook.com/events/261712197231360/
Rennes: https://www.facebook.com/events/284421551613274/
Rouen: https://www.facebook.com/events/150022838448409/
Saint-Brieuc: https://www.facebook.com/events/355899707762027/
Saint Denis (Ile de la Réunion): https://www.facebook.com/events/355272381151834/
Strasbourg: https://www.facebook.com/events/317988148239037/
Tarbes: https://www.facebook.com/events/336009553098334/
Toulouse: https://www.facebook.com/events/312007895501972/

Tours: https://www.facebook.com/events/282746828454027/
Troyes: https://www.facebook.com/events/322202587818097/

GERMANY
Aachen: https://www.facebook.com/events/290803420973299/
Annaberg-Buchholz: https://www.facebook.com/events/229143120506127/
Augsburg: https://www.facebook.com/events/245798608830506
Berlin: https://www.facebook.com/events/338799346153966/
Bielefeld: https://www.facebook.com/events/231717836912664/
Bremen: https://www.facebook.com/events/320064574703829

Bremerhaven: https://www.facebook.com/events/222669041158397/
Brunswick: https://www.facebook.com/events/297423820306461/
Cologne: https://www.facebook.com/events/207644835998103/
Crailsheim: https://www.facebook.com/events/241560099256920
Dortmund: https://www.facebook.com/events/292927114099000
Dresden: https://www.facebook.com/events/155805177868102/
Duisburg: https://www.facebook.com/events/360323100663808
Dusseldorf: https://www.facebook.com/events/228942327190942/
Erfurt: https://www.facebook.com/events/204041156361455/
Frankfurt/Main: https://www.facebook.com/events/129547730499332/
Freiburg: https://www.facebook.com/events/313894588647456/
Gera: https://www.facebook.com/events/223899837704637
Hamburg: https://www.facebook.com/events/159557767491881/
Hanover: https://www.facebook.com/events/360437973983925/
Heidelburg: https://www.facebook.com/events/373446242671293/
Heidenheim: https://www.facebook.com/events/242282912517339/
Hof: https://www.facebook.com/events/235402929880096
Ingolstadt: https://www.facebook.com/events/239207726161954/
Kassel: https://www.facebook.com/events/320293564679124/
Kiel: https://www.facebook.com/events/143150565804393/
Leipzig: https://www.facebook.com/events/316277768408479/
Mainz: https://www.facebook.com/events/169154469860540/
Magdeburg: https://www.facebook.com/events/104321526360193/
Mannheim: https://www.facebook.com/events/267555573314186/
Mettmann: https://www.facebook.com/events/334580503240450/
Minden: https://www.facebook.com/events/310027772381359/
Munich: https://www.facebook.com/events/117215651734097/
Munster: https://www.facebook.com/events/261880393883349/
Neuss: https://www.facebook.com/events/289961161066372/
Nordenham: https://www.facebook.com/events/182942588474388/
Nürnberg: https://www.facebook.com/events/244916202249229/
Osnabrück: https://www.facebook.com/events/182606345180976
Potsdam: https://www.facebook.com/events/350079258349898/
Ravensburg: https://www.facebook.com/events/344813968872396/
Regensburg: https://www.akv-r.de/2012/01/30/demoaufruf-acta-ad-acta/
Rostock: https://www.facebook.com/events/360013494010391/
Saarbruecken: https://www.facebook.com/events/337811569584831/
Schwerin: https://www.facebook.com/events/183351785099000/
Stade: https://www.facebook.com/events/129707167150888/
Stuttgart: https://www.facebook.com/events/144489442335635/
Trier (Feb. 4): https://www.facebook.com/events/368640866495001/
Ulm: https://www.facebook.com/events/199865750111770/
Wurzburg: https://www.facebook.com/events/234203816662508/

GREECE
Athens: https://www.facebook.com/events/330860890287455
Patra: https://www.facebook.com/events/289412584454221/
Thessaloniki: https://www.facebook.com/events/173041956132547/

HUNGARY
Budapest: https://www.facebook.com/events/239140316165296/
Pecs: https://www.facebook.com/events/284679514931085/
Szeged: https://www.facebook.com/events/345332565488424/

IRELAND
Dublin (Feb. 4): https://www.facebook.com/events/284626631593223/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zxKsr9kfL4o

http://www.youtube.ug/watch?v=QjLY_iCD9G0

http://youtube.ng/watch?v=QjLY_iCD9G0&feature=related

 

ITALY
Florence: http://www.facebook.com/events/306158699431655/ and http://www.facebook.com/events/208195132612866/
Rome: http://www.facebook.com/events/321701717870935/

LATVIA
Riga (Feb. 13): https://www.facebook.com/events/114172405371886/

LITHUANIA
Kaunas: http://flashmobas.lt/registracija/
Klaipeda: http://www.facebook.com/events/247291195350856/
Vilnius: https://www.facebook.com/events/229745113780889/

LUXEMBOURG
Luxembourg: https://www.facebook.com/events/321922584518265/

MALTA
Valetta: https://www.facebook.com/events/372841852732565/

MEXICO
San Miguel: http://www.facebook.com/events/355447504474609/NETHERLANDS
Amsterdam: https://www.facebook.com/events/366916189988648/
Rotterdam: https://www.facebook.com/events/100817413381050/
Utrecht: https://www.facebook.com/events/176430152460620/

NETHERLANDS
Amsterdam: https://www.facebook.com/events/366916189988648/
Rotterdam: https://www.facebook.com/events/100817413381050/
Utrecht: https://www.facebook.com/events/176430152460620/

 

 

Members of Palikot’s Movement in Poland wear Guy Fawkes masks during a vote of no confidence on ACTA (Agencja Gazeta/Reuters).

 

POLAND
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jrdNKcUpJPg

PORTUGAL
Braga: https://www.facebook.com/events/286463268083269/
Coimbra: https://www.facebook.com/events/222604307833091/
Lisboa: https://www.facebook.com/events/263755510363956/
Porto: https://www.facebook.com/events/278149665584864/

ROMANIA
Alba-Iulia: https://www.facebook.com/events/359422984085931/
Arad: https://www.facebook.com/events/102260503236472/
Bacau: https://www.facebook.com/events/267353136663351/
Baia Mare: https://www.facebook.com/events/288609117870711/
Barlad: https://www.facebook.com/events/339834029384482/
Brasov: https://www.facebook.com/events/353334364691465/
Bucharest: https://www.facebook.com/events/305136589533613 and https://www.facebook.com/events/178989628875856/
Buzau: https://www.facebook.com/events/103890166402105/
Campulung: http://www.facebook.com/events/332963343414600/
Caracal: https://www.facebook.com/events/236296929789967/
Constanta: https://www.facebook.com/events/384892581527047/
Craiova: https://www.facebook.com/events/320998614608351/
Cluj: https://www.facebook.com/events/318417421533389/
Cugir: https://www.facebook.com/events/239523222796240/
Deva: https://www.facebook.com/events/378479838832580
Focsani: https://www.facebook.com/events/317593171610294/
Galati: https://www.facebook.com/events/163823730398453/ and http://www.facebook.com/events/258596844211432/ and http://www.facebook.com/events/151356064982334
Gorj: https://www.facebook.com/events/346143082073398/
Hunedoara: https://www.facebook.com/events/341150959258693/
Iasi: https://www.facebook.com/events/309888002390146/<
Oltenita: https://www.facebook.com/events/159814360800569
Oradea: https://www.facebook.com/events/247005852043232/
Piatra Neamt: https://www.facebook.com/events/339153752782653/
Pitest: https://www.facebook.com/events/323200381052561/
Ploesti: http://www.facebook.com/events/182692728504106/
Ramnicu Valcea: https://www.facebook.com/events/381867198493288/
Resita: https://www.facebook.com/events/293770720684276/
Sfantu Gheorghe: http://www.facebook.com/events/239423339473891/
Sibiu: https://www.facebook.com/events/211035782326834/
Slatina: https://www.facebook.com/events/247473268660035/
Suceava: https://www.facebook.com/events/301228213267647/
Targoviste: https://www.facebook.com/events/274850545913882/
Targu Mures: https://www.facebook.com/events/240509612698417/
Targu Neamt: https://www.facebook.com/events/174123636024612
Timisoara: https://www.facebook.com/events/339815396050868/
Turda: https://www.facebook.com/events/251092221635949/

SCOTLAND
Glasgow: http://www.facebook.com/events/375858179095979/

SERBIA
Belgrade (Feb.9): http://www.facebook.com/events/357592967598565/

SLOVAKIA
Bratislava: https://www.facebook.com/events/104570893003311/
Nove Zamky: https://www.facebook.com/events/256723937730718/

SLOVENIA
Ljubljana (Feb.4): https://www.facebook.com/events/242732285801564/ 
Maribor(Feb.4):  https://www.facebook.com/events/369837519698057/
Online Protest: http://www.facebook.com/events/316615858389997

SPAIN
Barcelona: http://www.facebook.com/events/269537439784110/
Madrid: https://www.facebook.com/events/106651522793433/

SWEDEN
Borlange (Feb. 4): https://www.facebook.com/events/287094008012416/
Goteborg (Feb. 25): https://www.facebook.com/events/243895365687129/ and https://www.facebook.com/events/333701656663138/
Helsingborg: https://www.facebook.com/events/239284842817072/
Jonkoping: https://www.facebook.com/events/160788864034326/
Kalmar (Feb. 4): https://www.facebook.com/events/335884969766662/
Karlstad (Feb. 4): https://www.facebook.com/events/297023007013826/
Malmö (Feb.4): https://www.facebook.com/events/363889936958608/
Stockholm (Feb. 4): https://www.facebook.com/events/332489143440319/
Sundsvall (Feb.4): https://www.facebook.com/events/182586151841064/
Umea (Feb. 4): https://www.facebook.com/events/333701656663138/

SWITZERLAND
Geneva: https://www.facebook.com/events/145734798877975/
Zurich: http://www.facebook.com/events/179697445468919/

UNITED KINGDOM
Belfast: https://www.facebook.com/events/187075798067071/
Birmingham: http://www.facebook.com/events/241789552569403
Edinburgh: https://www.facebook.com/events/248493905226583/
Glasgow: https://www.facebook.com/events/375858179095979/
London: https://www.facebook.com/events/170835693019760/

Peterhead: http://www.facebook.com/events/343356492364097/

UNITED STATES
Corning, New York: http://www.facebook.com/events/174325296009139/
San Jose, California: https://www.facebook.com/events/367322379962713/
Traverse City, Michigan: https://www.facebook.com/events/364031900291592/

 

Source:  Access Now

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