ACTA's effect on the developing world - "fatal"

Thursday, 23 February, 2012 - 14:30

Phil Hunt - Pirate Party UK Foreign Policy Spokesperson:

"Criticism of ACTA has often focused on the harm it will do to the Internet, but that doesn't address one of the most important issues that ACTA presents: the fact that it will also kill sick people in developing countries by denying them access to affordable generic drugs - whilst doing nothing to address the issue of unsafe counterfeit medications.

ACTA Referred to the ECJ - a delaying tactic to side-step public anger?

Wednesday, 22 February, 2012 - 19:30

Today the EU Commission referred the controversial IP enforcement treaty ACTA to the European Court of Justice, asking for a ruling as to whether it breaches the "fundamental rights" of the EU. The decision was made following large-scale protests against ACTA in all member states. Some see this as a cynical delaying tactic.

Pirate Party MEP and Rapporteur for the European Parliament industrial committee opinion on ACTA, Amelia Andersdotter said:

Pirate Party Supports ACTA Day of Action

Friday, 3 February, 2012 - 11:00
  • Opposition to ACTA continues to grow

  • Protests in Glasgow, London, February 11th

February 11th has been declared an international day of action against ACTA. The National Executive Committee of Pirate Party UK has voted to support the protests taking place in scores of countries across Continental Europe from Ireland to Bulgaria, from Sweden to Malta.

Acting on ACTA - What We Can Do

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Earlier today, Loz Kaye, leader of the Pirate Party, published a statement highlighting a major threat to the Internet, to civil liberties, and our political and legal systems; ACTA. Following this, the Party has received many requests asking what we, ordinary citizens, can do about this and the best way to stop it.

ACTA - the latest threat to internet freedom, just signed by the EU

Friday, 27 January, 2012 - 13:45

Yesterday the European Union, the UK and over 20 other countries signed the controversial Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA). ACTA is an international treaty, disguised as a trade agreement, whose purpose is to increase and harmonise copyright and trademark enforcement. Many of the goals of ACTA are similar to SOPA and PIPA - proposed laws which the US congress recently abandoned following a huge outcry. ACTA is, if anything, even more objectionable.

Glasgow, the Pirate Party Conference and the IRL Conversation

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Originally published on Loz Kaye's blog.

One of the first things that attracted me to the Pirate Party was its willingness to do things differently and challenge the status quo- whether it is questioning the scared cow of copyright, or sticking our necks out to support Wikileaks. In that spirit our conference is not in the traditional autumn round, but is coming up in February. Given that I have been focussed on the by-election campaign it seems to have sneaked up somewhat, but now it is just around the corner. I look forward to seeing activists there- sharing our experiences, hopes, arguing and making up again over a pint. All as it should be at a party conference. I urge you to book and join in.

ACTA - Making a Difference

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As some of you may be aware, the latest draft of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) has been leaked (via Knowledge Ecology International) and, as with the previous leaks, it is somewhat disappointing and distressing.

ACTA has many problems that make it a serious issue for all citizens, not just the Pirate movement. Firstly, and most importantly, it's being negotiated in almost total secrecy; despite the fact that provisions we have seen in leaked drafts would affect the way nearly everybody shares information on the Internet and otherwise, only a small number of non-governmental "stakeholders" have been invited to comment on the proposed measures, and even elected officials such as MPs and MEPs are being kept almost entirely in the dark during the negotiations. Beyond the legislation-laundering manner in which ACTA is being drawn up, the best way to describe the treaty's effect is as the worst parts of the Digital Economy Act, Digital Millennium Copyright Act and other far-reaching anti-piracy legislation, which goes even further down the same draconian road towards destruction of the Internet as we know it.

The Digital Economy Bill has passed

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So. The Digital Economy Bill -- soon to be the Digital Economy Act -- has passed its third reading.

Numerous campaigning groups opposed this bill -- The Open Rights GroupDon't Disconnect Us38 Degrees. Unfortunately they failed, because politicians don't listen to reasoned argument, and care more about corporate interests than the rights of the British people (there are a few honourable exceptions, for example Tom Watson).

Pirate Party UK supports MEP calls for ACTA openness

Saturday, 13 March, 2010 - 21:00

Today marks a change in tide for the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), as MEPs once again aligned with Pirate ideals to vote in favour of fully transparent negotiations. In a landslide 663-13 decision, the European Parliament threatened the Commission with legal action if MEPs continued to be kept in the dark.

ACTA Supporters - UKIP named and shamed

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Update 2: Statement from UKIP added to the end of the article.

Update: Three Netherlands MEPs have changed their vote, leaving UKIP as the ONLY party that supports ACTA.

Opposition to the secret ACTA treaty is spreading like wildfire. Today the members of the European Parliament had their say, as on a resolution against the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, arguing that it flouts agreed EU laws on counterfeiting and piracy online. MEPs will go to the Court of Justice if the EU does not reject the leaked proposals which include draconian powers to censor the internet and disconnect net connections.