Friday, December 11, 2009

ACTA: A Global Threat to Freedoms

The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement is generating growing concern (witness today's release of a protest letter from civil liberties groups from around the world) as many people learn about the secret copyright treaty for the first time. 

Yesterday a worldwide coalition of Non-Governmental Organizations, consumers unions and online service providers associations publish an open letter to the European institutions regarding the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) currently under negotiation. They call on the European Parliament and the EU negotiators to oppose any provision into the multilateral agreement that would undermine the fundamental rights and freedoms of citizens in Europe and across the world.

The first signatories of the open letter include: Consumers International (world federation of 220 consumer groups in 115 countries), EDRi (27 European civil rights and privacy NGOs), the Free Software Foundation(FSF), the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), ASIC (French  trade association for web2.0 companies), and civil liberties organizations from all around Europe (9 Member States so far...). The letter is open for signature by other organizations. By December 17th, 2009, European negotiators will submit their position regarding the proposal put forward by the U.S Trade Representative for the Internet chapter of the ACTA. It is now time for the European Union to firmly oppose the dangerous measures secretly being negotiated. They cover not only "three strikes" schemes, but also include Internet service provider's liability that would result in Internet filtering, and dispositions undermining interoperability and usability of digital music and films.

Source: http://www.laquadrature.net, http://www.michaelgeist.ca, visited on 11 December, 20.00 IST.

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Dr.Tabrez Ahmad,
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