ACTA Objected by EU ParliamentAdded: Monday, September 20th, 2010
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European Parliament takes another step to confirm ACTA’s controversy: it adopted written declaration, where the lack of transparency in the ongoing ACTA’s negotiations is criticized, as well as the fact that the draft includes restrictions upon judicial due process. The EU Parliament is also concerned by the fact that the ACTA weakens basic civil rights like the right to privacy and freedom of expression.
The ongoing Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement negotiations are observed and discussed by many for some time now. Nevertheless, it still makes critics all over the world raise eyebrows over its lack of transparency and other details that leaked online. Among those are criminal prosecution awaiting for non-commercial file-sharers, as well as the ability of authorities to order Internet service providers to reveal their identities without court order.
Today the EU Parliament seems to stand up to the powerful rights owners interests pushing the Agreement. It has adopted Written Declaration 12, criticizing the lack of ACTA’s transparent process, alongside with the fact that the draft contains potentially objectionable material. By releasing this declaration, the Parliament sends a strong political signal to the Commission, saying that the Agreement can’t be considered a tolerable way of bypassing democratic processes. Basically, the problem is that the law related to the web, privacy and freedom of speech just can’t be negotiated in secrecy, and moreover – under the direct influence of industry lobbies.
Many observers are worrying that the ACTA may be just a backdoor option to introducing objectionable law which otherwise wouldn’t ever pass by democratic vote. Besides, the chances are that even a scaled back draft could include governance and compliance demands allowing authorities to extend its scope after the agreement negotiated now is reached.
Today, after the adoption of written declaration, there’s a hope in the ‘consent’ vote, which the EU Parliament will need to take to either accept or reject ACTA after it’s finalized. Then citizens will again need to act courageously to ensure their Internet and basic freedoms are duly defended, which makes the full rejection of ACTA the only choice. Regardless the way the European authorities choose, by adopting this declaration they are at last taking the united position that the Agreement’s text and process are flawed, which can be the first step to rejection of the whole thing.
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Monday, September 20th, 2010
|ACTA Sucks.... why do they even bother, there just going to lead to a Riot eventually...|
You cant push the people into a corner and expect them not to try and push back.
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