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#WiseUp - ACTA


Among EU Member States, Germany, Cyprus, Estonia, Slovakia and the Netherlands have postponed their signing
The Netherlands will apparently not wait for a the European Commission to reach a compromise on the treaty but will instead forge ahead with its own legislation.
US copyright laws are designed to protect the "fair use" of copyrighted content such as mash-ups and remixes—or they were, at least, until the advent of DMCA Takedown Notices. The Dutch government has taken notes on America's IP failures and is reportedly looking to explicitly protect such DMCA fodder, much to the chagrin of the European Union.
The Dutch legislature, is looking at explicitly protecting the fair use of copyrighted material. As EP Marietje Schaake points out,
"Right now the entertainment industry, for one, benefits from these outdated laws. These big parties will do all they can to prevent reform or redesign at all"

Mass protest rallies against ACTA, were organized in 15-16 Bulgarian cities and in 150 cities across Europe Saturday
Bulgaria's Economy Minister Traikov has blamed ex EU Commissioner Kuneva for failing to protect consumers from ACTA.
Bulgaria's Minister of Economy and Energy, Traicho Traikov, is presenting Tuesday the official position of his institution on the controversial international Anti-counterfeiting Trade Agreement, ACTA
In order to become effective in Bulgaria, ACTA must first be ratified by the European Parliament and then by the Bulgarian Parliament, which is expected to happen no earlier than June.
Transcripts from the meeting of the Council of Ministers from January 11 reveal that it had been Traikov, who had made the proposal.

Malta demonstrate ACTA.
A sizeable crowd took to the streets of Valletta this morning to protest against ACTA, the controversial Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement which the Maltese government signed together with 21 other EU countries.

The protest, organised by the Malta Anti-ACTA Group was attended by a number of organisations, including the Malta Linux User Group, Moviment Graffitti, Front Kontra ċ-Censura, Kunsill Studenti Junior College, Malta Alliance for Freedom, Malta Humanist Asociation, ir-Realtá Collective, MOVE Progressive Students, Alternattiva Demokratika Żgħażagh, Forum Żgħażagħ Laburisti and Pulse.

Some of the demonstrators wore Anonymous masks as worn by hackers around the world and since then adopted by the anti-ACTA movement.

The anti-ACTA movement is urging the Maltese parliament not to ratify the act and also called on the European Parliament to reject it.
The protest was also attended by a number of Labour MPs and Alternattiva Demokratika officials. There was no sign of any PN official or MPs. The Nationalist Party has defended its decision to sign the treaty and MEP Simon Busuttil has said that he has yet to be convinced that ACTA should not be implemented.
The Labour party is keeping up its attack on the anti-counterfeiting trade agreement, accusing the prime minister of alienating opponents of ACTA with legal amendments to safeguard internet users' digital rights.
"ACTA has to be accepted word for word... there are no amendments to it," Labour MP Michael Farrugia said.
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Chechnya :Trade minister plans debate on ACTA

Industry and Trade Minister Martin Kuba (Civic Democrats, ODS) wants to hold a roundtable debate for both supporters and opponents of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA)
 
Bulgaria

Thousands of people gathered in downtown Sofia Saturday to protest the controversial international Anti-counterfeiting Trade Agreement, ACTA.
Anywhere between 4000 and 8000 Bulgarians marched in the Bulgarian capital, led by a black sign reading: "АСТА LA VISTA, BABY!"
 
Protests in numbers:


This past weekend saw a huge multi-country protest with thousands of people coming out to march against the signing of the treaty. Reuters is reporting that some cities current estimate sits at:

Germany – 25,000
Sofia, Bulgaria – 4,000
Bucharest, Romania – 300
Warsaw, Poland – 500
Paris, France – 1,000
Prague, Czech Republic – 1,500
Cluj, Transylvania – 2,000
Budapest, Hungary – 1,000
Vilnius, Lithuania – 600
London, England – 200
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