ACTA Signed By European Union

    January 26, 2012
    Zach Walton
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ACTA, the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, has just been signed in by the European Union.

ACTA, for those who don’t know, is kind of like SOPA’s big brother. It’s a multi-national trade agreement that seeks to protect copyright through a brutish censorship regime just like SOPA and PIPA. The European Digital Rights Group (EDRI) details their beef with the agreement:

The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) is a plurilateral international agreement which wants to set a “gold standard” for the enforcement of intellectual property rights. The Agreement will have major implications for freedom of expression, access to culture and privacy. It will also harm international trade and stifle innovation.

The EU and 22 member states signed the agreement today according to Wired. The only five member states who have yet to sign the agreement are Cyprus, Germany, Estonia, Netherlands and Slovakia. They are expected to sign it soon though.

Australia, Canada, South Korea, Japan, Morocco, New Zealand, Singapore and the U.S. signed the agreement back in October 2011.

As we previously reported, the U.S. signing of the agreement is in direction violation of the constitution as it requires any trade agreements, which ACTA is, to be approved by Congress before being signed by the president.

The EU signed it, but it’s still not international law just yet. The vote must go before the European Parliament first before becoming law. The EDRI says that ACTA will presented before the International Trade Committee in March and is expected to be voted on by parliament in May.

There are numerous protests and attempts at stopping ACTA at the European Parliament. Many of them are similar to the actions taken against SOPA last Wednesday but on a global scale.

Anonymous has a hand in the fight against it too announcing a World War Web. They are using the hashtag #ActAgainstACTA to drive up support on Twitter.

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WORLD WAR WEB. The Internet is here. #Anonymous 1 hour ago via web · powered by @socialditto

They hit a hiccup earlier this morning, however, when members of the group wrongly attacked the EU Parliament, but those attacks have stopped.

RT @ungarage The “bad guys” are EU Commission (DG Trade) and Council of EU, not European Parliament (yet), that can still save us! 1 hour ago via Telecomix Microblogging · powered by @socialditto

Thanks #Anonymous for stopping the DDoS on the EU Parliament. That’s very nice of you. With datalove, Cameron 1 hour ago via Telecomix Microblogging · powered by @socialditto

This story will likely continue to develop throughout the week and the months leading up to the vote in the EU Parliament. We’ll keep you updated on any changes.

If you want to know more about ACTA and what you as a citizen can do, here’s a great Wiki page with plenty of tips.

  • Kano’s Bionic Eye

    Is this how the US was able to kill MegaUpload?

  • kenpacky

    i just hope for the sake off all the people that are pro acta and other similar bills taht acta wont pass cuz…. 1: the anonymous will the least of theyr problems cuz the war wont be online anymore the people will get out and shout and the shout will make them tremble we are not some lego pieces that u control … we cannot we supressed …. we cannot be stoped … with those bills they just throw away all the princeple rights regarding the freedom of speach
    2 : the same way that anon “interfered” let’s say with pay pal and others the same way them or other persons can do things like hacking into the stock servers and give it a go randoming or shutting dout the servers that will be a dissaster for the economy off the globe …. hacking into back acounts and emptying them …simplly deleting with all the money …. but not from us the ones that shout for our freedom theyr banc acount the ones that are makign choises in our name but without listening to us .
    3 : at this point i’m so pissed of that i just wanna xxxx all of them … let’s register they homes , pc’s , notebooks , etc etc let’s see if they have any pirated material and if it is so let’s put them in jail with some hard ass jail rappers see how they feel cuz that is how we fell when we think what those bill means.
    srry for my bad english and the long borring lecture

  • Thedevilisme

    this is the real reason why megaupload got shut down > http://www.digitalmusicnews.com/permalink/2011/111221airvinyl