Non à ACTA
February 3, 2012 2:18 AM Subscribe
posted by jeffburdges (40 comments total)
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have begun around Europe
after the secret
treaty was signed
in Tokyo last Friday
for Saturday 11 February
. The European Parliament will formally consider ACTA in June.
In Poland, ACTA sparked
with 15,000 protestors gathering in Kraków, 5000 in Wroclaw, and thousands more across other Polish cities (wp
). ACTA prompted a no confidence vote
as well, which features Palikot’s Movement
wearing Guy Fawkes masks.
, there was a large anti-ACTA protest
and smaller ones in Lyon
. French MEP Kader Arif, chief rapporteur on ACTA, resigned
in protest of how the treaty's negotiations kept lawmakers in the dark
, denouncing the process as a "charade"
"I signed ACTA out of civic carelessness, because I did not pay enough attention."
- Slovenia's ambassador
In the U.S. there has been debate over the constitutionality
of President Obama's plan to bypass Senate ratification by declaring the treaty an executive agreement.
There are interesting blog posts on ACTA
by Michael Geist
, as well as Thijs Markus
, Rick Falkvinge
, and Paul Venezia