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India opposes pharma piracy pact by US, others: Report

New Delhi has said the agreement is at the behest of the multinational companies that fear competition from cheaper drugs produced in India. China, Brazil, Bangladesh, Thailand and Equador, too, backed India's concern that the anti-counterfeiting trade agreement, or ACTA, goes beyond Trips - the multilateral agreement on intellectual property.

The ACTA was signed by ten WTO countries including Australia, Canada, Korea, Mexico, New Zealand, Japan, Morocco, Singapore, the US and Switzerland in October last year to check global trade of counterfeit goods and pirated copyright protected works through stricter enforcement laws.

The EU, and its 22 member states, signed the plurilateral pact in January this year, but key countries including Germany, Poland and the Netherlands have refused to join the treaty on the ground that it breached freedom of speech and privacy.

The EU can ratify the agreement only when all its constituent states are on board. The agreement, which intends to improve 'the enforcement of intellectual property rights” in participating countries by setting international standards over how copyright infringements are dealt with has also been criticised for providing for 'criminal' enforcement and seizures.

India said ACTA can undermine the Trips Agreement, which has safeguards to ensure that legitimate trade in generics between two countries cannot be hampered even if it passes through a third country that has stricter domestic intellectual property regime. Citing cases of seizures by customs at European ports of generic medicines being exported by India to other developing countries, India said the ACTA would legitimise such acts.

'In the recent cases of seizures, the EU had to release the shipments and admit that it was in the wrong as the move violated Trips Agreement. But with ACTA in place, there would be a risk of legitimising such seizures,' Economic Times reported quoting a government official as said.

Brazil said one-size fits all was not advisable as each country had a different IPR situation. India said ACTA would inhibit South-South trade and added that there were also concerns about digital freedom and fundamental hostility towards consumers.

WTO members are already signatories to international patent regime Trips that has in place regulations to ensure patent protection. India moved from a process patent regime to a stricter product patent regime in 2006 in line with its commitment under Trips.
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#Google new privacy policy may violate EU rules

Google's new privacy policy appears to violate the European Union's data protection rules, France's regulator said Tuesday, just two days before the new guidelines are set to come into force.

Google announced its new privacy policy with much fanfare last month. The rules, which are set to come into force on Thursday, regulate how the Web giant uses the enormous amounts of personal data its collects through its search engine, email and other services.

However, the EU's data protection authorities are concerned about the privacy effects of the policy and earlier this month asked French regulator CNIL to investigate them.

"Our preliminary analysis shows that Google's new policy does not meet the requirements of the European Directive on Data Protection," CNIL said in a letter to Google Chief Executive Larry Page. The letter was sent Monday and posted on CNIL's website Tuesday.

The agency said Google's explanation of how it will use the data was too vague and difficult to understand "even for trained privacy professionals."

The new policy makes it easier for Google to combine the data of one person using different services such as the search engine, YouTube or Gmail if he is logged into his Google account. That allows Google to create a broader profile of that user and target advertising based on that person's interests and search history more accurately. Advertising is the main way Google makes its money.

However, CNIL said data protection authorities in the EU "are deeply concerned about the combination of personal data across services," adding they had "strong doubts about the lawfulness and fairness of such processing."

Vivian Reding, the EU's Justice Commissioner who oversees the bloc's data protection rules, said she welcomed CNIL's letter and called on Google to delay its new policy.

Google argues that combining the data into one profile makes search results more relevant and allows a user to cross-navigate between different services more easily. It says the main purpose of the new policy is to combine the more than 70 different rules for Google's wide-ranging services into one that is simpler and more readable.

"We are confident that our new simple, clear and transparent privacy policy respects all European data protection laws and principles," Peter Fleischer, Google's global privacy counsel, wrote in response to CNIL's original letter, adding that users had more than a month to get familiar with the new rules.

Fleischer also rejected CNIL's reiterated request to delay the rollout of the privacy policy until all concerns have been cleared up.

"We have notified over 350 million authenticated Google users and provided highly visible notifications on our home page and in search results for our non-authenticated users," he wrote. "To pause now would cause a great deal of confusion for users."

The probe of the privacy policy is one of several battle lines between Google and the European Commission, the executive arms of the 27-country EU.

Google's search engine has a market share of more than 90 percent in the EU, with rival services like Microsoft's Bing gaining little traction.

The Commission is already examining whether Google uses this dominance to stop other search engines from entering the market. It is also investigating complaints from Microsoft and Apple into whether Motorola, which Google is in the process of taking over, is breaking EU competition rules in its aggressive enforcement of standard-essential patents.
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Bulgaria Anti-ACTA Rallies Get Anemic

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No more than 150 Bulgarians joined the second protest against the controversial international Anti-counterfeiting Trade Agreement, ACTA, held on Saturday in the capital Sofia.

The rally was held under the initiative of "No to ACTA," and was part of global demonstrations held on February 25.

Similar, small-scale anti-ACTA protests were held in the towns of Blagoevgrad, Vidin, Dobrich and Sandanski.

Activists say they are pleased with the reaction of Bulgaria's cabinet to withdraw from ACTA, but insist for a definitive and final rejection of the ratification of the agreement.The organization is further protesting an article in the Gambling Bill, which is scheduled to be debated in the Parliament at second reading. The amendment introduces a mandatory, constant and general control and systematic analysis without a Court order on the entire internet traffic of every Bulgarian in order to find out if there is illegal online gambling. Many in Bulgaria have voiced discontent, insisting this is a violation of their rights.

On January 26, 2012, the Bulgarian government signed in Tokyo the international ACTA agreement, vowing to make downloading content similar to forgery of brands.

The agreement was sealed by Bulgarian ambassador to Japan Lyubomir Todorov, based on a decision by the Bulgarian cabinet taken hastily on January 11.Transcripts from the meeting of the Council of Ministers from January 11 reveal that it had been Economy Minister, Traicho Traikov, who had made the proposal.

Ever since the signing, ACTA stirred much discontent in Bulgaria, both because it had not been discussed by the cabinet and because the public had been kept entirely in the dark about the decision to sign it, until prominent Bulgarian bloggers and lawyers stirred large-scale noise about it. They lashed out at the signing of ACTA over their belief the agreement will bind countries to install legal regulations that excessively and unduly broadly penalize Internet users.

Anti-ACTA protests took place in 16 Bulgarian and 150 European cities in mid-February.

In the aftermath, Bulgaria's government announced that it is halting the ratification.

The announcement was made by Prime Minister, Boyko Borisov, who declared he was assuming the entire political responsibility for the decision and expects to be attacked by international organizations on it.

One day prior to that Traikov, declared Bulgaria will freeze its participation in ACTA and assumed full responsibility for signing it, despite the fact that negotiations on it have started as early as 2006, long before he became member of the cabinet. Traikov even announced that he was ready to resign over the ACTA controversy if Borisov decided such sanction is needed.

Borisov is adamant that the negotiations on the agreement have started during the term of the previous cabinet, and there is no way for the now opposition, left-wing Bulgarian Socialist Party, BSP, to pretend they never heard about it.

According to Borisov, his predecessor and BSP leader, Sergey Stanishev, had been part of the negotiations on ACTA in the European Parliament, while the country's first and former EU Commissioner, Meglena Kuneva led them – the latter is something Kuneva firmly denies.

The PM has vowed that the Members of the European Parliament from his ruling, center-right Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria party, GERB, would not endorse the ratification of ACTA.

"Bulgarian legislation on internet piracy and protection of copyrights is strict enough and we do not need ACTA," Borisov says.

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Germany delays signing anti-piracy treaty as opposition mounts

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Opposition has been mounting worldwide to the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, which would creative a new set of international standards for enforcing so-called “intellectual property” rights. Many opponents see the provisions of the agreement as threatening the integrity of the Internet by promoting censorship and criminalizing everyday online activities.

It was reported on Friday that Germany has delayed its signing of the agreement, joining Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Latvia in displaying doubts about the measure. The Polish government’s decision was particularly noteworthy for having been prompted in part by street protests and online attacks by Anonymous.

The treaty has been gaining increasing attention since a recent wave of online protests in the U.S. against the Stop Online Piracy Act, to which ACTA has many similarities. An additional source of outrage against ACTA, however, is that it was negotiated in secret.

A worldwide day of anti-ACTA protests is planned for Saturday. According to the International Business Times, “More than 100 are planned in Europe alone on Saturday, Feb. 11, and an online petition to stop ACTA has already garnered nearly 2 million signatures. Protesters have been galvanized in their efforts to stop the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement by recent developments that suggest the treaty may be losing international support just two weeks after 22 European Union member states signed it. ”

The current focus of the protests in in Europe, where the European Parliament is due to vote on the measure in June. Even in the United States, however, an anti-ACTA petition at whitehouse.gov currently has over 42,000 signatures.
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Slovenian ambassador apologizes for signing ACTA

Slovenia's Ambassador to Japan Helena Drnovsek Zorko has apologized for signing the ACTA agreement on behalf of her nation.
The Anti Counterfeiting Trade Agreement resulted from efforts by the entertainment industry to mandate copyright law via international agreement. It was written in secret, with the input of movie and recording industry lobbyists, but with the general public provided information only via leaks from various parties to the negotiations.

Zorko says she was overworked and did not pay enough attention to the agreement before signing it. It has been signed by the U.S., Japan and 22 European nations.

On Thursday, 26th January, 2012, I signed the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) on behalf of the Republic of Slovenia, following the directive and authorisation of the Slovenian government. I signed the agreement because I was instructed to do so by the government, and because it is a part of my job.

Why did I sign ACTA. Every day there is a barrage of questions in my inbox and on Facebook from mostly kind and somewhat baffled people, who cannot understand how it occurred to me to sign an agreement so damaging to the state and citizens.

I signed ACTA out of civic carelessness, because I did not pay enough attention. Quite simply, I did not clearly connect the agreement I had been instructed to sign with the agreement that, according to my own civic conviction, limits and withholds the freedom of engagement on the largest and most significant network in human history, and thus limits particularly the future of our children.

First I apologised to my children. Then I tried to reply to those acquaintances and strangers who expressed their surprise and horror. Because there are more and more of them, I am responding to them publicly. I want to apologise because I carried out my official duty, but not my civic duty. I don't know how many options I had with regard to not signing, but I could have tried. I did not. I missed an opportunity to fight for the right of conscientious objection on the part of us bureaucrats.

On Saturday, 4th February, a protest is planned in Ljubljana for those who object to the ratification of ACTA. The true concern and determination of those Slovenian citizens who feel that the agreement must be stopped will be reflected in the number of people who attend this protest. I would like to ask for somebody to please attend in my name.
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nice one: a politician admits not to do their job with the neccessary attention. mark this one red in your calendar, she´s the only one who will ever admit such a thing. anyway: excuses are not the right thing to do. they must withdraw it to be trustworthy. till then: "just f.... words"
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Hackers hit Greek ministry over austerity, anti-piracy deal

Online hackers group Anonymous on Friday attacked the Greek justice ministry website in criticism of the country’s tough fiscal reforms and its decision to join a controversial anti-piracy deal.

“You have introduced a new dictatorship upon your people’s shoulders and allowed the bankers and the monarchs of the EU to enslave them both economically and politically,” the group said in a statement posted on the ministry’s site.

“Democracy was given birth in your country but you have now killed it,” they added.

Greece is applying a crunch economic overhaul under supervision from the European Union and the International Monetary Fund that has left nearly 900,000 jobless and plunged the country into a deep recession.

The hackers also threatened to “deface” media and ministry sites unless Athens withdraws from the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), a deal signed on January 26 to create international standards for intellectual property protection.

Greece was one of the 22 signatories among EU states. Critics of the agreement say it could significantly curtail online freedom.

“Next target will be all the media in Greece,” the hackers warned.

“We have most of the media websites admin passwords,” they added.

Greek police said they have launched a probe.

“The investigation is in process, we are examining the attackers’ electronic traces,” the police department said.

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Massenprotest gegen Acta
https://www.facebook.com/events/182716005161256/
Samstag, 11. Februar 2012
Zeit15:00 bis 18:00
Beschreibung
ACHTUNG!!
In der Beschreibung findet ihr Informationen über ACTA, zu den Demos, Petitionen, Paperstorms und anderen Gruppen
ACHTUNG!!!
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WAS IST ACTA?

ACTA bedroht die Freiheit der Bürgerinnen und Bürger, verstärkt die Überwachung, schränkt den Zugang zu Kultur ein und ist ein Hindernis für Innovation. Dieses Abkommen wurde unter Ausschluss der Öffentlichkeit geheim erarbeitet und ist undemokratisch.

Anonymous - Was ist ACTA? - #StopACTA [german sync]

Informiert euch und alle Mitbürger! Setzt ein Zeichen! Wir protestieren!
Weltweit!

Trefft euch am 11.02.12! Protestiert! Medienwirksam! Wir alle zusammen! In jeder Stadt und jedem Dorf!

Macht mit, teilt diese Veranstaltung! Ladet alle Freunde ein! Und dann geht gemeinsam auf die Straße!!

Wo könnt ihr dagegen unterschreiben?
Hier: http://www.avaaz.org/de/eu_save_the_internet_spread/?fp


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bisher geplante Demos:
( der übersicht halber nur die in Deutschland)

ALLE Demos:

http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msid=212120558776447282985.0004b7b33e16f13c710c7&msa=0

Wiki: http://wiki.stoppacta-protest.info/Main_Page

Aachen: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Anti-ACta-Aktion-in-Aachen/361900173840139?sk=wall

Berlin: http://piratenpad.de/p/ACTA-Berlin http://pad.telecomix.org/acta-protests/p/A http://pad.telecomix.org/acta-protestsCTA-Berlin
http://www.facebook.com/events/338799346153966/

Chemnitz: http://www.facebook.com/events/265894823481162/?context=create%C2%AD%1C%C2%AD

Dortmund: http://dortmund.piratenpad.de/58

Düsseldorf: https://www.facebook.com/events/228942327190942/
http://piratenpad.de/p/ACTA-Ddorf

Dresden: https://www.facebook.com/events/155805177868102/
http://www.facebook.com/events/228942327190942/

Frankfurt: http://www.facebook.com/events/129547730499332/
https://piratenpad.de/p/ACTA-Demo-FFM

Freiburg: https://www.facebook.com/events/313894588647456/

Hamburg: http://www.facebook.com/events/337175779649566/
https://pad.foebud.org/ACTA-HH

Hannover: https://www.facebook.com/events/360437973983925/

Köln: http://www.facebook.com/pages/ACTA-K%C3%B6ln/350208988331161?sk=wall

Kreis Mettmann: https://www.facebook.com/events/334580503240450/

Mainz:https://www.facebook.com/events/169154469860540/

Mannheim: http://piratenpad.de/p/MAvsACTA12

Minden: http://www.facebook.com/events/310027772381359/

München: https://www.facebook.com/events/117215651734097/

Münster: https://www.facebook.com/events/261880393883349/

Nordenham: https://www.facebook.com/events/182942588474388/

Nordheim: https://northeim.piratenpad.de/9

Nürnberg: https://www.facebook.com/events/244916202249229/

Pottsdamm: https://www.facebook.com/events/350079258349898/

Ravensburg: http://www.facebook.com/events/344813968872396/

Regensburg: https://www.facebook.com/events/100139926781604/ www.akv-r.de

Saarbrücken: https://www.facebook.com/events/337811569584831/

Stade: https://www.facebook.com/events/129707167150888/

Stuttgart: https://www.facebook.com/events/144489442335635/

https://stuttgart.piratenpad.de/ACTA

Trier: https://www.facebook.com/events/368640866495001/

Würzburg: https://www.facebook.com/events/234203816662508/


und für unsere Nachbarn:

Schweiz (Zürich): http://www.facebook.com/pages/Anonymous-Swiss/192778740774488

Österreich (Wien): https://www.facebook.com/events/145907925526943/

Innsbruck: https://www.facebook.com/events/295640580493380/

Luxemburg(Place d'Armes): https://www.facebook.com/events/321922584518265/

International: https://www.facebook.com/events/313894588647456/

Frankreich: https://www.facebook.com/events/358922057468176/

England: https://www.facebook.com/events/170835693019760/

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Gruppen, die in die nächstgrößeren Städte fahren:

Bremen: https://www.facebook.com/events/345312352168092/

Solinger Gruppe gegen ACTA: http://www.facebook.com/groups/234758999939458/


Paperstorms:

Bremen: https://www.facebook.com/groups/277089769023242/

Dortmund: http://piratenpad.de/p/yrP9LbNBBA

Düsseldorf: http://titanpad.com/UAQUHqyzTD

Eisenach: https://www.facebook.com/groups/311286532251002/

Esslingen: http://www.facebook.com/groups/242869162456898/

Hagen: http://pastebin.com/taPPG9FA

Karlsruhe: http://www.facebook.com/events/341729152514279/

Koblenz: http://titanpad.com/akRAbtbHVB

Köln: https://www.facebook.com/events/336673136364659

Leipzig: www.facebook.com/groups/145856768865626/

Leverkusen: http://piratenpad.de/p/AnonymousLeverkusen

München: http://www.facebook.com/events/237675509648710/

Münster: http://www.facebook.com/events/261880393883349/

Niederrhein: http://www.facebook.com/groups/172402072862910/

Regensburg: http://www.facebook.com/groups/Anonymous.Regensburg/

Ulm: https://www.facebook.com/events/199865750111770/?context=create

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What Google learned from SOPA

With its "Good to Know" campaign, Google tried to take the debate out of the realm of lawyers and politicians and into the public square. Given that opposition is still vociferous, it's hard to know how effective it has been.

Google (GOOG) today implemented its controversial new privacy policy, which ties together more than ever before data gathered from users' online activities across all of its properties -- search, Gmail, Google Plus, Picasa, Google Maps, etc. -- to better target ads based on users' interests.

There is plenty of blowback, of course. But that might have been mitigated, at least somewhat, by Google's ad campaign, "Good to Know," which comprises cute line drawings to explain and promote the new policy. "Online privacy has never looked more cuddly," decided Advertising Age.

Or maybe privacy intrusion has never looked more cuddly is a better way to put it. Google of course is putting the best possible face on what is, after all, a highly controversial, possibly troubling move. But the campaign might be unique in terms of taking such actions directly to the people, circumventing lawyers, interest groups and politicians to the extent possible.

"Good to Know" was launched in Europe before the anti-SOPA campaign reached full volume, culminating in an online movement of people and companies that resulted in Web blackouts and other protests the led to the anti-piracy legislation's being shelved. Google took part, though only with a message on its site stating its opposition to the bill. But the company must have been pleased by the effort's success, since it offered further evidence that in many cases, direct-to-the-public publicity campaigns can be highly effective.

Of course, that can work both ways, and for a lot of people, Google's new policy is a lot like SOPA in being anathema to the interests of Internet users. Some of the same groups and many of the same individuals that opposed SOPA also oppose this. But if such battles are increasingly fought in public, that might be a lot better than having them fought in Congress, the courts, or lawyer's offices, where interests other than the public interest are bound to hold more sway.
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ACTA ignites concerns about threat to Internet freedom

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Braving subzero temperatures, hundreds of thousands of Europeans across the continent took to the streets Saturday, protesting an international trade agreement many say will overrule democratic institutions, jeopardize civil liberties and stifle technological innovation.

The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) is designed to put in place international standards to protect intellectual property rights. But some lawyers say it forces private companies to police cybertraffic — and across the globe the treaty is being seen as a serious threat to Internet freedom.

"It's becoming an issue of citizens' power," said David Hammerstein, senior adviser on intellectual property for Trans-Atlantic Consumer Dialogue, an umbrella consumer rights organization in Brussels. "The front lines of the defense of civil rights today is the defense of an open, free Internet and that (is what ACTA threatens.)"

Critics say that the details of ACTA have been decided behind closed doors, a deliberate move to slip the highly controversial agreement through without proper public scrutiny. They add that once they have signed up countries have no say in any subsequent changes to the treaty.

When the European Union signed ACTA on Jan. 26, the European Parliament's rapporteur on ACTA, Kader Arif, resigned, calling the entire process a "charade" designed to prevent the European Parliament having any say in an agreement that could have a "major impact on citizens' lives."...

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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 in an effort to speak out against SOPA, PIPA, and, of course, ACTA.

Anonymous’ latest round of victims included websites serving the Federal Trade Commission (business.ftc.gov), as well as the follow FTC consumer protection sites, Consumer.gov and NCPW.gov, which highlights National Consumer Protection Week. As of this posting, all of the sites are still down. As is normally the case, Anonymous boasted about the takedowns on their social media communication outlet of choice, Twitter:

@AnonymousIRC
PWND ROOT’D AND RM’D http://t.co/WuNcaYZt and many many others #Anonymous #AntiSec #OWS #ACTA

@AnonymousIRC
ohai, other one PWND ROOT’D AND RM’D http://t.co/NodvZF3q and many many others more #Anonymous #AntiSec #OWS #ACTA

@AnonymousIRC
FTC ROOT’D [Video used on the defacement] http://t.co/grb074xg #Anonymous #AntiSec #OWS #ACTA #CocksAlwaysCocks

This is about as close we’ll get to a press conference from the jaded Anonymous group, so for those of you who want to delve into the subject in order to find out what motivates this group, you should probably go the Twitter route and use direct messages. Besides, it’s pretty clear what pushes Anonymous into action — dissatisfaction with the establishment and their attempts to regulate the Internet, among other things.

The group also posted a manifesto of sorts over at Pastebin.com, which begins eloquently enough with the following greeting, “Dear Fuctarded Troglodyte Clusterfuck (FTC).” From there, the fun really begins:

Even more bothersome than your complete lack of competence in maintaining your own fucking websites and serving the citizens you are supposed to be protecting, is the US federal government’s support of ACTA. You really want to empower copyright holders to demand that users who violate IP rights (with no legal process) have their Internet connections terminated? You really want to allow a country with an oppressive Internet censorship regime to demand under the treaty that an ISP in another country remove site content? Well, we have a critical warning for you, and we suggest you read the next few paragraphs very, very closely.

If ACTA is signed by all participating negotiating countries, you can rest assured that Antisec will bring a fucking mega-uber-awesome war that rain torrential hellfire down on all enemies of free speech, privacy and internet freedom. We will systematically knock all evil corporations and governments off of our internet.

While this does go on for a few more paragraphs, the closing of the previous tells you everything you need to know about the mindset of Anonymous and those who are outspoken against the infamous Internet regulation bills and treaties. They, like many in the 20-something generation, feel the Internet does indeed belong to them.

Is this way of thinking wrong?

The group also posted a video during their takedowns, which also does a good job of relaying their message:

ACTA Attack!

While the video is fun, the fact that it does feature a commercial at the beginning is humorous. The revolution may not be televised, but it does need to be monetized, apparently.In light of these latest Anonymous shenanigans, what are your thoughts?
Are their actions counterproductive or just the kind of message the U.S. government needs to see?
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Mass protest against ACTA

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https://www.Facebook.com/events/182716005161256/
Saturday, February 11, 2012
Zeit15: 00-18: 00
Description
ATTENTION PLEASE!
In the description, you will find information on ACTA, to the demonstrations, Petitions, Paperstorms and other groups
ATTENTION PLEASE!
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WAS IST ACTA?

ACTA threatens the freedom of citizens and, reinforced monitoring, restricts access to culture, and is an obstacle to innovation. This agreement was developed in secret behind closed of doors and is undemocratic.

Anonymous - Was is ACTA? - #StopACTA [german sync]

Informs you and all fellow citizens! Makes a statement! We protest!
Around the world!

Trefft euch am 11.02.12! Protestiert! Medienwirksam! Wir alle zusammen! In jeder Stadt und jedem Dorf!

Makes, shares this event! Invites all friends! And then go together to the streets!

Where can you sign against it?
Here: http://www.avaaz.org/de/eu_save_the_internet_spread/?fp


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so far planned demos:
(the survey, only those in Germany)

ALL Demos:

http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msid=212120558776447282985.0004b7b33e16f13c710c7&msa=0

Wiki: http://wiki.stoppacta-protest.info/Main_Page

Aachen: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Anti-ACta-Aktion-in-Aachen/361900173840139?sk=wall

Berlin: http://piratenpad.de/p/ACTA-Berlin http://pad.telecomix.org/acta-protests/p/A http://pad.telecomix.org/acta-protestsCTA-Berlin
http://www.facebook.com/events/338799346153966/

Chemnitz: http://www.facebook.com/events/265894823481162/?context=create%C2%AD%1C%C2%AD

Dortmund: http://dortmund.piratenpad.de/58

Düsseldorf: https://www.facebook.com/events/228942327190942/
http://piratenpad.de/p/ACTA-Ddorf

Dresden: https://www.facebook.com/events/155805177868102/
http://www.facebook.com/events/228942327190942/

Frankfurt: http://www.facebook.com/events/129547730499332/
https://piratenpad.de/p/ACTA-Demo-FFM

Freiburg: https://www.facebook.com/events/313894588647456/

Hamburg: http://www.facebook.com/events/337175779649566/
https://pad.foebud.org/ACTA-HH

Hannover: https://www.facebook.com/events/360437973983925/

Köln: http://www.facebook.com/pages/ACTA-K%C3%B6ln/350208988331161?sk=wall

Kreis Mettmann: https://www.facebook.com/events/334580503240450/

Mainz:https://www.facebook.com/events/169154469860540/

Mannheim: http://piratenpad.de/p/MAvsACTA12

Minden: http://www.facebook.com/events/310027772381359/

München: https://www.facebook.com/events/117215651734097/

Münster: https://www.facebook.com/events/261880393883349/

Nordenham: https://www.facebook.com/events/182942588474388/

Nordheim: https://northeim.piratenpad.de/9

Nürnberg: https://www.facebook.com/events/244916202249229/

Pottsdamm: https://www.facebook.com/events/350079258349898/

Ravensburg: http://www.facebook.com/events/344813968872396/

Regensburg: https://www.facebook.com/events/100139926781604/ www.akv-r.de

Saarbrücken: https://www.facebook.com/events/337811569584831/

Stade: https://www.facebook.com/events/129707167150888/

Stuttgart: https://www.facebook.com/events/144489442335635/

https://stuttgart.piratenpad.de/ACTA

Trier: https://www.facebook.com/events/368640866495001/

Würzburg: https://www.facebook.com/events/234203816662508/


and for our Neighbours:

Schweiz (Zürich): http://www.facebook.com/pages/Anonymous-Swiss/192778740774488

Österreich (Wien): https://www.facebook.com/events/145907925526943/

Innsbruck: https://www.facebook.com/events/295640580493380/

Luxemburg(Place d'Armes): https://www.facebook.com/events/321922584518265/

International: https://www.facebook.com/events/313894588647456/

Frankreich: https://www.facebook.com/events/358922057468176/

England: https://www.facebook.com/events/170835693019760/

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Gruppen, die in die nächstgrößeren Städte fahren:

Bremen: https://www.facebook.com/events/345312352168092/

Solinger Gruppe gegen ACTA: http://www.facebook.com/groups/234758999939458/


Paperstorms:

Bremen: https://www.facebook.com/groups/277089769023242/

Dortmund: http://piratenpad.de/p/yrP9LbNBBA

Düsseldorf: http://titanpad.com/UAQUHqyzTD

Eisenach: https://www.facebook.com/groups/311286532251002/

Esslingen: http://www.facebook.com/groups/242869162456898/

Hagen: http://pastebin.com/taPPG9FA

Karlsruhe: http://www.facebook.com/events/341729152514279/

Koblenz: http://titanpad.com/akRAbtbHVB

Köln: https://www.facebook.com/events/336673136364659

Leipzig: www.facebook.com/groups/145856768865626/

Leverkusen: http://piratenpad.de/p/AnonymousLeverkusen

München: http://www.facebook.com/events/237675509648710/

Münster: http://www.facebook.com/events/261880393883349/

Niederrhein: http://www.facebook.com/groups/172402072862910/

Regensburg: http://www.facebook.com/groups/Anonymous.Regensburg/

Ulm: https://www.facebook.com/events/199865750111770/?context=create
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Mass protest against ACTA

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https://www.Facebook.com/events/182716005161256/
Saturday, February 11, 2012
Zeit15: 00-18: 00
Description
ATTENTION PLEASE!
In the description, you will find information on ACTA, to the demonstrations, Petitions, Paperstorms and other groups
ATTENTION PLEASE!
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WAS IST ACTA?

ACTA threatens the freedom of citizens and, reinforced monitoring, restricts access to culture, and is an obstacle to innovation. This agreement was developed in secret behind closed of doors and is undemocratic.

Anonymous - Was is ACTA? - #StopACTA [german sync]

Informs you and all fellow citizens! Makes a statement! We protest!
Around the world!

Trefft euch am 11.02.12! Protestiert! Medienwirksam! Wir alle zusammen! In jeder Stadt und jedem Dorf!

Makes, shares this event! Invites all friends! And then go together to the streets!

Where can you sign against it?
Here: http://www.avaaz.org/de/eu_save_the_internet_spread/?fp


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so far planned demos:
(the survey, only those in Germany)

ALL Demos:

http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msid=212120558776447282985.0004b7b33e16f13c710c7&msa=0

Wiki: http://wiki.stoppacta-protest.info/Main_Page

Aachen: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Anti-ACta-Aktion-in-Aachen/361900173840139?sk=wall

Berlin: http://piratenpad.de/p/ACTA-Berlin http://pad.telecomix.org/acta-protests/p/A http://pad.telecomix.org/acta-protestsCTA-Berlin
http://www.facebook.com/events/338799346153966/

Chemnitz: http://www.facebook.com/events/265894823481162/?context=create%C2%AD%1C%C2%AD

Dortmund: http://dortmund.piratenpad.de/58

Düsseldorf: https://www.facebook.com/events/228942327190942/
http://piratenpad.de/p/ACTA-Ddorf

Dresden: https://www.facebook.com/events/155805177868102/
http://www.facebook.com/events/228942327190942/

Frankfurt: http://www.facebook.com/events/129547730499332/
https://piratenpad.de/p/ACTA-Demo-FFM

Freiburg: https://www.facebook.com/events/313894588647456/

Hamburg: http://www.facebook.com/events/337175779649566/
https://pad.foebud.org/ACTA-HH

Hannover: https://www.facebook.com/events/360437973983925/

Köln: http://www.facebook.com/pages/ACTA-K%C3%B6ln/350208988331161?sk=wall

Kreis Mettmann: https://www.facebook.com/events/334580503240450/

Mainz:https://www.facebook.com/events/169154469860540/

Mannheim: http://piratenpad.de/p/MAvsACTA12

Minden: http://www.facebook.com/events/310027772381359/

München: https://www.facebook.com/events/117215651734097/

Münster: https://www.facebook.com/events/261880393883349/

Nordenham: https://www.facebook.com/events/182942588474388/

Nordheim: https://northeim.piratenpad.de/9

Nürnberg: https://www.facebook.com/events/244916202249229/

Pottsdamm: https://www.facebook.com/events/350079258349898/

Ravensburg: http://www.facebook.com/events/344813968872396/

Regensburg: https://www.facebook.com/events/100139926781604/ www.akv-r.de

Saarbrücken: https://www.facebook.com/events/337811569584831/

Stade: https://www.facebook.com/events/129707167150888/

Stuttgart: https://www.facebook.com/events/144489442335635/

https://stuttgart.piratenpad.de/ACTA

Trier: https://www.facebook.com/events/368640866495001/

Würzburg: https://www.facebook.com/events/234203816662508/


and for our Neighbours:

Schweiz (Zürich): http://www.facebook.com/pages/Anonymous-Swiss/192778740774488

Österreich (Wien): https://www.facebook.com/events/145907925526943/

Innsbruck: https://www.facebook.com/events/295640580493380/

Luxemburg(Place d'Armes): https://www.facebook.com/events/321922584518265/

International: https://www.facebook.com/events/313894588647456/

Frankreich: https://www.facebook.com/events/358922057468176/

England: https://www.facebook.com/events/170835693019760/

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Gruppen, die in die nächstgrößeren Städte fahren:

Bremen: https://www.facebook.com/events/345312352168092/

Solinger Gruppe gegen ACTA: http://www.facebook.com/groups/234758999939458/


Paperstorms:

Bremen: https://www.facebook.com/groups/277089769023242/

Dortmund: http://piratenpad.de/p/yrP9LbNBBA

Düsseldorf: http://titanpad.com/UAQUHqyzTD

Eisenach: https://www.facebook.com/groups/311286532251002/

Esslingen: http://www.facebook.com/groups/242869162456898/

Hagen: http://pastebin.com/taPPG9FA

Karlsruhe: http://www.facebook.com/events/341729152514279/

Koblenz: http://titanpad.com/akRAbtbHVB

Köln: https://www.facebook.com/events/336673136364659

Leipzig: www.facebook.com/groups/145856768865626/

Leverkusen: http://piratenpad.de/p/AnonymousLeverkusen

München: http://www.facebook.com/events/237675509648710/

Münster: http://www.facebook.com/events/261880393883349/

Niederrhein: http://www.facebook.com/groups/172402072862910/

Regensburg: http://www.facebook.com/groups/Anonymous.Regensburg/

Ulm: https://www.facebook.com/events/199865750111770/?context=create
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Find a list of all protests in Germany, as well as further information about ACTA: http://bit.ly/Aw6YjY
There is also a complete summary about the development, the protests and critics on ACTA : http://bit.ly/AsAoms
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A New Question of Internet Freedom

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http://goo.gl/8eiTd / NYTimes.com

European activists who participated in American Internet protests last month learned that there was political power to be harnessed on the Web. Now they are putting that knowledge to use in an effort to defeat new global rules for intellectual property.

In the U.S. protests , Web sites including Wikipedia went dark Jan. 18, and more than seven million people signed Google’s online petition opposing the Stop Online Piracy Act and the Protect Intellectual Property Act. Ultimately, even the bills’ sponsors in the U.S. Congress backed down under the onslaught of public criticism.

The European activists are hoping to use similar pressure to stop the international Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement , or ACTA, which is meant to clamp down on illegal commerce in copyrighted and trademarked goods. Opponents say that it will erode Internet freedom and stifle innovation. About 1.5 million people have signed a Web petition calling for the European Parliament to reject ACTA, which some say is merely SOPA and PIPA on an international level. Thousands of people have turned out for demonstrations across Europe, with more scheduled for next Saturday.

After more than three years of talks, which critics say were conducted without sufficient public input , the United States signed on to ACTA last October in Tokyo, along with Australia, Canada, Japan, Morocco, New Zealand and South Korea. (The agreement is to come into force when six of those countries have ratified it.)

But the issue moved into the mainstream in Europe after the European Union and representatives of 22 of 27 E.U. members — all except Cyprus, Estonia, Germany, the Netherlands and Slovakia — signed Jan. 26.

On the same day, Kader Arif, a French Socialist member of the European Parliament, quit as the body’s special rapporteur for ACTA. He said the European Parliament and civil society organizations had been excluded from the negotiations, and he denounced the entire process as a “masquerade.” The issue, which had gotten little traction in the news media previously, began to move into the headlines, with calls for national legislatures and the European Parliament to reject the treaty.

The pressure on politicians has been unrelenting. Helena Drnovsek-Zorko, the Slovenian diplomat who signed the treaty on behalf of her country, has publicly disowned it and called for her fellow citizens to demonstrate against it. Ms. Drnovsek-Zorko said that she had signed “out of civic carelessness” and that it was her conviction that ACTA “limits and withholds the freedom of engagement on the largest and most significant network in human history.”

Poland, the home of some of the most vocal protests to date, “suspended” ratification, said the Polish prime minister, Donald Tusk, after politicians wearing the Guy Fawkes masks favored by the online vigilante group Anonymous protested in the Polish Parliament.

ACTA seeks to provide a common framework of civil and criminal procedures to stop illegal trade in goods and properties — like Louis Vuitton bags, Hollywood films and recorded music — providing holders of intellectual property rights with the means to work through the courts outside their national borders to shut down counterfeiters and pirates. And though two piracy heavyweights, Russia and China, have not signed, ACTA’s drafters say they hope those countries will come to see the benefits of joining.

Mr. Arif, the opponent to the measure in the European Parliament, said that ACTA was “wrong in both form and substance.”

He said European officials, who began negotiating the agreement in 2007, kept legislators in the dark for years and ignored their concerns, finally presenting them with a finished deal for ratification with no option of modifying it.

“Voilà, that’s the masquerade that I denounce,” he said. Mr. Arif said a number of issues in the agreement troubled him, particularly a provision that could make Internet service providers liable for copyright infringement by users, something that would be in conflict with existing E.U. law.

Another provision, he said, appeared to roll back protections for generic drugs by lumping them in with counterfeit drugs.

Further, he said, the law leaves to the discretion of each country the definition of what constitutes a “commercial” level of piracy, so some countries might choose to search travelers’ laptop computers and digital music players in search of illegal downloads. ACTA supporters reject the criticism and say action is essential when legitimate owners of intellectual property are losing tens of billions of dollars annually to counterfeiting and illegal sharing. They accuse some opponents of deliberately exaggerating ACTA’s provisions to fan fears.

“ACTA is about enforcing existing intellectual property rights and about acting against large-scale infringements often pursued by criminal organizations, and not about pursuing individual citizens,” said John Clancy, the E.U. trade spokesman.

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ACTA  (Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement 

ACTA is a proposed plurilateral agreement for the purpose of establishing international standards on intellectual property rights enforcement It would establish an international legal framework for countries to join voluntarily, and would create a governing body outside international institutions such as the World Trade Organization(WTO), the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) or the United Nations.]Negotiating countries have described it as a response "to the increase in global trade of counterfeit goods and pirated copyright protected works." The scope of ACTA includescounterfeit goods, generic medicines and copyright infringement on the Internet.Groups such as the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) oppose ACTA, stating that civil society groupsand developing countries were excluded from discussion during ACTA's development in an example of policy laundering.