By Georgi Gotev, EurActiv. A European Parliament Committee rejected the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) on June 21st despite pro-business lobbying by Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht, who insisted that Parliament should not decide before the European Court of Justice gives its opinion. A final vote in the full Parliament is expected on July 4th.
Press Release, La Quadrature du Net. The “International Trade” (INTA) committee of the EU Parliament will adopt its draft report on the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), on Thursday June 21. Under pressure from the EU Commission and industry lobbyists, members of the committee could decide, potentially in a secret vote, to call for the adoption of ACTA or postponement of the final vote for years. Citizens participation is crucial to ensure the Parliament follows the general interest and votes a clear rejection of ACTA.
By Jennifer Baker, IDG News. In a major victory for the campaign against the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), the European Parliament’s trade committee rejected by a vote of 21 to 5 a plan to send the proposed accord to the European Court of Justice (ECJ). This means that the European Parliament vote on ACTA will not be delayed 1 1/2 years and could happen as early as June 2012.
By Richard Raznikov, The Rag Blog | Democracy Center, YouTube. About 20 years ago, it dawned on the bankers and some major corporations that if oil was a lucrative commodity, water would be even more so…. The trick was how to take it away from the people and sell it back to them. In Bolivia and Argentina, water companies such as Bechtel and Suez Lyonnaise des Eaux were sent packing. Elsewhere in the world, they, and their enforcers the IMF and World Bank, have bought off many local governments and imposed water privatization and widespread misery. Videos show creative solutions in Cochabamba, Bolivia for getting water under local control and accessible to the poor.
Provided by Paralegal.net | Wikipedia | Commentary by Dady Chery, Haiti Chery. This enlightening info-graphic describes the little known history of Hollywood’s birth as a pirate and attaches some startling numbers to the movie industry’s greed. A brief discussion is included about copyright laws and how they have changed since the mid-1970’s.
By Alice Trudelle, Warsaw Business Journal | By Staff, The Slovenia Times | Haiti Chery. “I was wrong,” — said Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk earlier today while announcing that he wrote to his party not to back ACTA in the EU Parliament in its current form. Slovenian Education Minister Radovan Zerjav said “This agreement is obviously not a matter of understanding, but of major misunderstanding,” but the editors of E-demokracija.si say that this is an effort to downplay a debate tomorrow on ACTA. A protest by Anonymous is underway. UPDATED with original Polish and Slovenian articles.
By Pat Pilcher, NZH Staff, AFP via New Zealand Herald | AP via Boston.com | You Tube | Haiti Chery. Hundreds of thousands demonstrated against the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) on Saturday Feb 11th across four continents. The secretive agreement signed by EU members on Jan 26th has not yet been ratified by the European Parliament. So far, protests have forced the prime ministers of Poland, Germany, Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Latvia to reconsider the agreement, but they have not yet dismissed it. The protesters are calling for their countries to kill the agreement, and short of this, for the EU Parliament to do so. Background on ACTA and protest videos included. UPDATE Feb 15th: Bulgaria and the Netherlands table ACTA; Lithuanian Minister of Justice condemns ACTA as being about protection of industry instead of protection of inventors and authors. UPDATE Feb 28th: anti-ACTA petition with over 2 million signatures delivered to European Parliament.
By Staff, Access Now | YouTube | Haiti Chery. Protests against ACTA will take place worldwide on Saturday February 11th. Over 1.75 million people have signed a petition against ACTA that is expected to get the endorsement of more than 2 million. Information about petition and protests. UPDATE Feb 11th: Videos of some of the protests. Over 2 million signatures.
By Staff (ps, PAP, IAR), TOK FM | Edited by Haiti Chery. “Unless all the questions are explained, the ratification process for ACTA will be suspended, and we cannot exclude the fact that the final decision might be a lack of acceptance for this contract.” – Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk. UPDATE Feb 6th: Czech Prime Minister Petr Necas has also suspended the ratification of ACTA.
By Olivia Solon, Wired | Kader Arif, European MP Socialists & Democrats of the EU, Translated from the French by Dady Chery for Haiti Chery. “As the rapporteur on this text, I also faced unprecedented maneuvers from the right of the Parliament to impose an accelerated schedule to pass the agreement as rapidly as possible and before the public was alerted….” – Kader Arif, French MEP. It is not over. ACTA will not become law if the European Parliament is prevented from making it so in June 2012. (What you can do and English translation of full statement from Kader Arif included.) UPDATE Feb 3, 2012: ACTA ratification suspended in Poland.
By John Kennedy, Silicon Republic | Sharon Polsky, Interweb Freedom | YouTube (courtesy of Defend Your Freedom) | Why You Should Care About ACTA (booklet, in multiple languages), European Digital Rights | Assembled by Haiti Chery. European countries, including Ireland, might later this week join the US, Australia, Korea, New Zealand, Mexico, Jordan, Morocco, Singapore, the United Arab Emirates and Canada in supporting the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement ACTA. This bill would deputize Internet Service Providers to spy on their customers, among other things. Includes PDF with text of ACTA. UPDATED Jan 26th.
By Staff Writers, AFP via Space Daily | NASRDA | Stephen Clark, Spaceflight Now. Last month Nigeria launched two satellites, Nigeriasat 2 and Nigeriasat X, used for forestry, mapping, disaster monitoring and security applications. In 2009 South Africa launched SumbandilaSat and last year formed its own space agency.By Staff WritersAFP via Space Daily | NASRDA | Stephen Clark, Spaceflight Now. Last month Nigeria launched two satellites, Nigeriasat 2 and Nigeriasat X, used for forestry, mapping, disaster monitoring and security applications. In 2009 South Africa launched SumbandilaSat and last year formed its own space agency.By Staff WritersAFP via Space Daily | NASRDA | Stephen Clark, Spaceflight Now. Last month Nigeria launched two satellites, Nigeriasat 2 and Nigeriasat X, used for forestry, mapping, disaster monitoring and security applications. In 2009 South Africa launched SumbandilaSat and last year formed its own space agency.