EU Parliamentarians Declare Opposition to ACTAAdded: Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010
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Four Members of European Parliament (Alexander Alvaro from Germany, Zuzana Roithova from Czech Republic, Françoise Castex from France and Stavros Lambrinidis from Greece) have signed a written declaration expressing their opposition to Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement. Unsurprisingly, things are still getting worse for followers of ACTA.
The declaration reads the following:
A. Whereas the ongoing negotiations concerning the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA).
B. Whereas the co-decision role of the European Parliament in commercial matters and its access to negotiation documents guaranteed by the Lisbon Treaty,
1. Considers that the proposed agreement should not indirectly impose harmonization of EU copyright, patent or trademark law. The principle of subsidiarity should be respected,
2. Declares that the Commission should immediately make all documents related to the ongoing negotiations publicly available.
3. Takes the view that the proposed agreement should not force limitations upon judicial due process nor weaken fundamental rights such as freedom of expression and the right to privacy.
4. Stresses that the evaluation of economic and innovation risks must take place prior to introducing criminal sanctions where civil measures are already in place.
5. Considers that Internet service providers should not bear liability for the data they transmit or host through their services to an extent that would imply prior surveillance or filtering of such data.
6. Points out that any measure aimed at strengthening powers for cross-border inspection and seizures of goods should not harm global access to legal, affordable and safe medicines.
7. Instructs its President to forward this declaration, together with the names of the signatories, to the Commission, the Council and the parliaments of the Member States.
It seems like supporters of the Agreement have got another problem as ACTA is already so much in trouble though it hasn’t even been finalized. The previous ones that took air were European Commission’s contradictory statements about ACTA – that it didn’t exist or that it wasn’t connected with Internet piracy at all, while everyone knew that ACTA was not just about physical piracy, but more about copyright infringement. The lack of transparency is the number one problem, which caused so much worry.
The declaration contains concerns about the risks ACTA represents for basic freedoms. Now citizens, willing to protect the Internet, have a strong platform to act against the Agreement. As there’re only four signatures on the document now, they probably should contact the MEPs from their country and ask them to sign the declaration.
This latest event is a part of a worldwide political trend concerning ACTA. There have been Facebook pages created by Canadians, demanding ACTA’s secrecy to end; requests made by US Senators for ACTA to be made public; the concerns about the transparency of ACTA voiced by the New Zealand politicians. Looks like the supporters of ACTA will soon run out of countries in which politicians haven’t voiced some form of concern yet, as hardly anyone can find the Agreement acceptable. If you are fighting on the other side of the barricade and fully support banning every file-sharer on the planet and end peer-to-peer network completely, you have to think why hide such a strong message of piracy wrong now – is it so bad?
On the other hand, the topic is so popular now that politicians may use it for connecting with their voters. Once said you’re opposed to ACTA, you’ll get lots of support. So all this secrecy issue is going to get absurd and might pretty easily end up sinking ACTA completely.
March 2nd, 2010Posted by:
Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010
|thanks for the article.|
|good read. thanks Sam for posting|
|posted by (2010-03-02 17:03:07)|
|ACTA proposals are already Danish law so i cant see why its worse|
|THX FOR THE INFO SaM ThE MaN||
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