The ACTA Archive

Today is the first anniversary of the rejection of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) in the European Parliament – after months of debates, a large majority of Parliamentarians voted against the adoption. This is the perfect time to gather all documents that have ever been produced by EDRi on this Agreement, to recall who were […]

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ACTA fact sheet

Recently, we have seen many rumours and half-truths about ACTA being circulated by campaigners on all sides. And, as the European Commission’s “fact sheet” 10 Myths about ACTA shows, there are also still a lot of misunderstandings. Many decision makers and citizens seem not yet to be aware of ACTA’s serious implications. In the following, […]

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European Anti-ACTA protests of 11 February

This article is also available in: Deutsch: [Europäische Proteste gegen ACTA vom 11. Februar | https://www.unwatched.org/EDRigram_10.3_Europaeische_Proteste_gegen_ACTA_vom_11_Februar?pk_campaign=edri&pk_kwd=20120221] Several tens of thousands of citizens from an estimated 200 cities in Europe went out in the streets on a cold 11 February 2012, in a massive pan-european protest against ACTA and to support digital civil rights. Several EDRI […]

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FAQ on referral of ACTA to European Court of Justice

This article is also available in: Deutsch: [Häufig gestellte Fragen zur Vorlage des ACTA-Abkommens beim Europäischen Gerichtshof| https://www.unwatched.org/20120224_FAQ_zu_ACTA?pk_campaign=edri&pk_kwd=20120224] Following the recent decision of the European Commission to refer the draft Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) to the European Court of Justice, Access and EDRi have prepared this short FAQ to explain this process. 1 – How […]

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10 European Commission myths about ACTA

1. This is only about large-scale infringements a. Criminal sanctions There is no minimum-level of infringement that could be criminalised by ACTA. It requires parties to, at least, criminalise infringements which are for direct economic advantage, direct commercial advantage, indirect economic advantage, indirect commercial advantage or “aiding and abetting” such an offence. In the absence […]

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ENDitorial: Mobilizing to Stop ACTA

This article is also available in: Deutsch: [ENDitorial: Mobilisierung um ACTA zu stoppen | http://www.unwatched.org/node/1595] The negotiating partners of ACTA have announced that the next round of negotiations on ACTA will take place in Mexico in January and have promised to conclude the agreement in 2010. As the last edition of the EDRi-gram exposed, the […]

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The Lobby on ACTA is reaching a new level

This article is also available in: Deutsch: [Lobbyarbeit für ACTA erreicht neue Dimensionen | https://www.unwatched.org/EDRigram_10.2_Lobbyarbeit_fuer_ACTA_erreicht_neue_Dimensionen] When the Commission calls for ACTA support, the chosen ones in industry happily follow. Going back a few months, in November 2011, at an International Fragrance Association event, Pedro Velasco Martins from the European Commission (DG Trade, Deputy Head of […]

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ACTA: European Commission negotiation failures

The documents made public today provide an extensive guide to the failures of the European Commission to negotiate effectively on behalf of European citizens and businesses. They also provide an insight into the ways in which the Commission’s public relations “spin”; seeks to hide these failures. Meeting notes Paris 2008 Meeting notes Rabat 2009 Meeting […]

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Is CETA introducing ACTA through the back door?

This article is also available in: Deutsch: [Kommt ACTA mit CETA durch die Hintertür? | https://www.unwatched.org/EDRigram_10.14_Kommt_ACTA_mit_CETA_durch_die_Hintertuer?pk_campaign=edri&pk_kwd=20120718] The European Parliament rejected ACTA with a large majority on 4 July 2012, but just one week later the EU is accused of pushing back the rejected agreement through the back door, that is, through CETA, the EU–Canada trade […]

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Hearing at LIBE on ACTA

This article is also available in: Deutsch: [Anhörung zu ACTA im LIBE Ausschuss | https://www.unwatched.org/EDRigram_10.10_Anhoerung_zu_ACTA_im_LIBE_Ausschuss?pk_campaign=edri&pk_kwd=20120523] On 16 May 2012, LIBE Rapporteur on ACTA, Mr. D. Droustas, hosted the event “the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) – Compatibility of ACTA with Fundamental Rights”. He welcomed the audience stating that European Parliament (EP)’s task policy is to overcome […]

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ACTA debates in Europe

This article is also available in: Deutsch: [Europa diskutiert ACTA | https://www.unwatched.org/EDRigram_10.5_Europa_diskutiert_ACTA] Several debates on ACTA are going around in several European countries these days. We would present in this article two events where EDRi participated in the past week in Brussles and Helsinki. A Policy Forum on ACTA was organized in Brussels on 6 […]

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European Commission stumbles in ACTA opinion rebuttal

This article is also available in: Deutsch: [EU-Komission strauchelt bei Entgegnung auf ACTA-Stellungnahme | http://www.unwatched.org/EDRigram_9.9_Kommission_strauchelt_bei_Entgegnung_auf_ACTA-Stellungnahme] Last week, the European Commission posted a rebuttal to a widely cited opinion document by prominent European academics on the Anti- Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA). The Commission however made several factual errors in its rebuttal, according to an analysis by […]

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