All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘ACTA’

Judge Judy Does Not Sit On The Supreme Court, Guys

Judge Judy may know how to dish out tough love, justice and snappy comebacks, but she does not, in fact, sit on the Supreme Court. While you may know that Judge Judy is a TV judge and not one of our country’s Supreme Court justices, it seems there are enough people that don’t know to warrant a study. A study …

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Japan Might Drop Its Support For TPP

It’s been a while since we last heard anything about the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement. All we knew was that the secret negotiations were still ongoing, but no public statement had been made for a few months. Now the silence has been broken as the treaty may be losing support from a potentially important ally. TechDirt reports that Japan may be …

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The Free Internet Survived 2012, But Will It Be That Lucky Next Year?

2012 was a dangerous year for the free Internet. Lawmakers and global stakeholders all took a shot at policing and regulating the Internet over the past year to no avail. That doesn’t mean they’ve given up, and 2013 could prove disastrous if certain parties have their way. To that end, it would be advantageous to look back on all the …

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ACTA Is Officially Dead In Europe

There was much rejoicing in the streets earlier this year when the European Parliament rejected ACTA, a multinational trade agreement that many felt would hurt online innovation in profound ways. There was one sliver of hope for ACTA’s continued existence, however, as the European Commission submitted the treaty to the European Court of Justice for review. Now that last avenue …

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ACTA Tries To Sneak In Through Canadian Trade Agreement

ACTA is dead. The controversial treaty was killed off when it was largely rejected by the European parliament despite the best efforts of its proponents to paint it in a not so bad light. Warriors of the Internet thought they could take a much deserved rest after protesting the treaty for numerous months, but there is no rest for those …

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Leaked Clean IT Document Is Frightening

Europe can not catch a break. Somebody in government is constantly trying to push some kind of law or treaty to regulate the Internet. The technology has those in power running scared and they need something to convince the general public that they should be allowed to control it. After ACTA failed, they’re now going for the terrorist angle. EDRI …

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Bounty For TPP Text Is Up To $25,000

From the onset, TPP has always been the worst of the big trade agreements and copyright laws. It’s so bad because we know next to nothing about it. All the leaked text from the document are months old and have probably been updated by now. Last we heard, it was planning on extending America’s fair use laws to the rest …

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ACTA Ratified In Japan, Citizens Plan Protests

The key to a democratic government’s continued strength is that all its dealings are made in the open with input from its citizens. That has not been the case with ACTA. Citizens of the European Union force the discussion out into the open which caused the European Parliament to shoot down the treaty. Other countries have not been so lucky. …

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Guess Who’s Back? SOPA And ACTA Are Sneaking Into Law Behind Your Back

The Internet has won the fight. SOPA and ACTA are both dead after having been eviscerated by the combined powers of the world coming together to fight for what they believe in – basic digital human rights. We can now rest easy knowing that the war has come to an end. Politicians would never think to bring them back, even …

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With ACTA Dead, TPP Shapes Up To Avoid The Same Fate

The internet is still rejoicing after last week’s win over ACTA. The European Parliament overwhelmingly voted down the treaty which effectively kills it for the time being. It will be back later, but the Internet can celebrate another win for now. While our friends in Europe our celebrating, the U.S. must still be on the offensive in regards to the …

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ACTA: European Parliament Votes Against Controversial Agreement

ACTA, the anti-piracy treaty many felt was a treat to our individual rights, has been shut down by the European Parliament, much to the dismay of those who lobbied endlessly in favor of the agreement. When all was said and done, 478 MEPs voted against the treaty, while 39 voted in favor of it. 139 individuals abstained from casting their …

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ACTA Is Going To Be Passed Whether You Like It Or Not

ACTA is almost dead. The treaty is heading towards the European Parliament next week where many people feel that it will be rejected after four committees rejected it as well. It will also receive a ruling from the European Court of Justice to see if ACTA was ever compatible with European law. It’s looking bad for the treaty that everybody …

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ACTA Now On Life Support, May Not Make It Through Vote

Warriors of the Internet have good reason to be relieved today. ACTA got hit with a rejection so big that it may sway the vote in the Internet’s favor. It seems that people actually going outside and protesting on behalf of the Internet can get things done. RT is reporting that the International Trade Committee (INTA) of the European Parliament …

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ACTA Supporters Might Resort To Dirty Tactics For Approval

The response to ACTA throughout Europe has been the stuff of legends. People from all walks of life have taken to the streets to protest the amendments in the treaty that only help to serve copyright industries while hurting the Internet in much the same way that SOPA proposed. The political response to the protest has also been encouraging with …

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Three European Parliament Committees Reject ACTA

The momentum for ACTA appears to be dying as more and more European entities and officials reject that particular form of Internet regulation for the sake of protecting copyrights and intellectual properties. Recently, the Netherlands joined in on the anti-ACTA fray, and even though the move was scoffed at by certain parties within the Dutch government, the fact remains, ACTA …

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Dutch Pirate Party Scoffs At ACTA Rejection

While the Dutch Parliament’s rejection of the ACTA treaty may be treated as good news by some, according to the Dutch Pirate Party, the move can be viewed as grandstanding on the part of Dutch officials who are up for reelection. In a statement to The Inquirer, Dutch Pirate Party spokesperson Dirk Poot indicated the move was too little, too …

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The Netherlands Shoots Down ACTA

We here in the U.S. have been far too focused on CISPA lately and for good reason. It has the potential to encroach essential freedoms all in the name of stopping cyber attacks. We must not forget our friends in Europe, however, who are fighting against an equally, if not more, disastrous ACTA. While news on ACTA has been slow …

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TPP Might Not Live To See Next Year

With all the recent talk about CISPA and ACTA, it seems like we’ve been forgetting about our old friend TTP, or Trans-Pacific Partnership. For those who need a recap, TPP is essentially ACTA for the U.S. and Pacific nations. The only key difference is that TPP has been negotiated in complete secrecy and it’s only through leaks that we’ve been …

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ACTA Being Dissected In European Parliament

Although the treaty has been rejected by some prominent members and advisors of the European Parliament, the ratification process is underway. No, this doesn’t mean ACTA will be ratified by parliament members, but it does mean that, despite on-record rejections, the approval/rejection process is going ahead as various committees debate ACTA’s pros and cons, before issuing an opinion to the …

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ACTA Is A Threat To Privacy Says European Data Protection Supervisor

While the socially connected in the United States are focusing on subjects like CISPA, Kony 2012, and, apparently, something called “2 Chainz,” our friends across the pond are still dealing with ACTA, and the implications it represents. While the treaty hasn’t been ratified on an European Union level, there are a number of countries that signed it, leading to a …

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CISPA Might Not Be So Bad After All

What I’m about to say may shock you. So if you’re a sensitive user of the Internet, you may want to go back to Reddit and look at funny pictures to soothe your soul. Here it goes: I don’t think CISPA is as bad as everybody is making it out to be. Right now, most readers are probably thinking, “This …

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Is There A New ACTA Already In The Works?

We reported on Monday that ACTA is dying, slowly and painfully. It received its death knell when David Martin MEP suggested that ACTA be rejected altogether. While not a definitive sign of its death, just trust me on this – it’s dying. The massive protests all across Europe will make sure that happens. There’s just one little problem though – …

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European Parliament Rapporteur Recommends Rejecting ACTA

After replacing the disillusioned Kader Arif who resigned his rapporteur position due to his disagreement with ACTA, David Martin MEP is picking up where Arif left off, rejecting the principles on which ACTA was constructed, while suggesting the European Union reject the treaty altogether. While acknowledging IP protection is indeed an issue that needs addressing, Martin doesn’t feel ACTA is …

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ACTA and The United States Government

While the buzz surrounding the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), something of a global cousin to the SOPA/PIPA movement, may have died down, the issue itself is far from over. In Europe, the agreement is awaiting full ratification, and has faced a great deal of backlash from EU citizens in many countries. While ACTA is indeed a global issue, the United …

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Spanish ‘SOPA’ Gives Look Into A Future Of Internet Control

It seems like forever ago when the Internet beat back the forces of IP holders and politicians in January for trying to pass SOPA and PIPA. While we have seen some instances of what these bills could do with the shutdown of MegaUpload, we haven’t seen any real examples yet of what a SOPA enabled country would look like. Unfortunately, …

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ACTA Is Still Alive and Kicking, Could Be Ratified Soon

Folks, you might want to get those Guy Fawkes masks out, and start working on your next anti-ACTA sign, because there’s a very real chance the European Parliament is going to circumvent the European Court of Justice and ratify it themselves. Initially, the ACTA (Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement) protests resulted in the decision to have the Court review the treaty, but …

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Vint Cerf Questions European Internet Regulation

Google’s Internet Evangelist is out and about overseas, extolling the virtues of European Internet regulation, if, by “extolling,” I mean trashing it for being impractical. Cerf’s comments, while being applied to the EU’s proposed “right to be forgotten” proposal that’s the talk of the Union. From my brief exposure to the concept, the “ePrivacy,” something software giant Adobe discusses at …

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Sen. Wyden Demands Vote On American Copyright, Patent Treaties

If you are curious about about what goes on in copyright and trade negotiations and more specifically how the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) functions, or if they function, you would be on the same page as Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon. He has had enough of the secrecy when it comes to these negotiations and he would like the Senate …

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ACTA Referred To European Court of Justice

Is the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement treaty, otherwise known as ACTA, compatible with what is referred to as the EU’s “fundamental rights and freedoms?” Some EU officials are asking that very question, and to help determine the answer, EU trade chief Karel De Gucht indicated the highly-flammable — at least from a social sense — piece of legislation would be referred …

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Anonymous Continues Anti-ACTA Attack On U.S. Government

At some point, there’s going to be a massive, mainstream media-friendly bust where a bunch of 20-somethings are led away for the world to see, with FBI officials holding press conferences claiming the scourge of the Anonymous hacker group has been eliminated. Until that time, however, sit back and enjoy the ride as Anonymous takes down yet another site, all …

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