Speech at ACTA demonstration London

Loz Kaye
Talk Date: 
Saturday, 16 February, 2013
Talk Location: 
United Kingdom

TPP: Son of ACTA/SOPA will cause "a book famine for the blind"

Thursday, 9 August, 2012 - 10:30

The Trans-Pacific-Partnership (TPP) is a set of secretive trade negotiations whose IP clauses have much in common with the reviled ACTA and SOPA treaties.

Andrew Robinson, Pirate Party UK Culture & Media spokesperson commented on TPP:

"TPP is an attempt to impose a copyright maximalist agenda on its signatories, currently countries like the US, Canada and Australia, but as is the way with these negotations, it will be seen as a model for future worldwide implementation."

The Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement

Wednesday, 11 July, 2012 - 11:00

Loz Kaye commented on the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), a trade agreement being sought between Canada and the EU, intended to give Canada preferential access to European Union markets in return for Canada lifting restrictions to its own markets:

"The European Commission EC has tried to push ACTA through the European Parliament, employing a number of tactics, there now seems to be a new strategy to push through the most discredited aspects of ACTA via a different trade agreement. "

Pirate Party Celebrates Historic ACTA Rejection by the European Parliament

Wednesday, 4 July, 2012 - 11:15

ACTA Dead in current form

Today the European Parliament rejected the controversial ACTA treaty by 478 votes to 39, with 165 MEP's abstaining.  Negotiated in secret by the EU, US, Australia, Canada, Japan, Mexico, Morocco, New Zealand, Korea, Singapore and Switzerland, ACTA would have imposed draconian restrictions on the freedom of the Internet and access to generic medicines for the world's poorest.

Pirate Party Leader Loz Kaye commented:

INTA recommends rejection of ACTA

Thursday, 21 June, 2012 - 11:00

The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) was rejected by the European Parliament's International Trade committee (INTA) by 19 votes to 12 today. The vote comes after widespread international public opposition to the treaty. The committee also decided to ignore calls to postpone voting until after a European Court of Justice (ECJ) review of ACTA, widely seen as a delaying tactic to suppress opposition.

Ed Geraghty made the following comments on hearing of the result:

Loz Kaye speech at ACTA protests

Saturday, 9 June, 2012 - 11:15

Protests against the controversial ACTA treaty are planned today, in London and across the UK, as well as across the EU, and as far afield as the US and Japan.

Loz Kaye, Pirate Party UK Leader, will be speaking at the London protests.

An advance copy of his speech follows.

I always seem to be making speeches with dire warnings, and bringing dire news of the latest attempt to break the Internet. So it's nice to bring some good news for once.

ACTA, you are going down.

Stop ACTA - Protests 9th June

Friday, 25 May, 2012 - 18:00

On the 9th of June 2012 the Pirate Party will be supporting protests against ACTA, with Pirate Party Leader, Loz Kaye joining the London Protests.

Stop ACTA - Protests 9th June

We have been following ACTA's progress with great interest and the European Parliament will be voting on ACTA in the coming weeks. Whilst many have been saying that ACTA is now dead in the water, there is a very real danger that rather than dropping it outright, they will ask for it to be 'reconsidered' or amended. With something as toxic as ACTA it will be difficult to do anything to fix it without still causing unintended damage.

We need to remind MEPs what their constituents expect from them before they sit down in Parliament to discuss ACTA. We need to show them, and the world at large, that we won't accept this assault on our freedoms. 

ACTA on the ropes in the EU, but the G8 are working on a follow-up.

Monday, 16 April, 2012 - 18:15

The Pirate Party UK were invited to a seminar organised by David Martin, the European Parliament's rapporteur on ACTA, at the weekend, along with representatives from the Open Rights Group and the Anti-Counterfeiting Group. At the end of a healthy discussion, David Martin indicated that he was going to recommend against the European Parliament adopting the treaty, and has since declared the treaty to be "dead" in Europe.

ACTA back on track for imminent vote in Europe

Wednesday, 28 March, 2012 - 22:30

The European Parliament decided yesterday to overrule the wishes of the European Commission who said ACTA required a legal review by the ECJ, and instead press on for a decision. [1]

It is typical of the whole process behind ACTA that it is activists who have had to break the news about the latest stage of this controversial treaty. The European Commission has apparently accused us of being anti-democratic. But we are the ones asking citizens to be interested in politics and contact their MEPs.