Today, I received an email from Marietje Schaake, MEP and member of the INTA committee. She announced that she is organizing a stakeholder hearing concerning ACTA on April 11, since too many half-truths have been spread concerning ACTA, according to her. Continue reading “ACTA stakeholder hearing on April 11”
Supporting free speech goes beyond tolerating different opinions to exist. It means allowing someone who holds a diametrically opposed view to your own, to finish speaking.
A little more than a month since it became known that ACTA would be moving to the European Court of Justice, it has become known that ACTA will not move to the European Court of Justice after all but remains scheduled for a vote by the European Parliament in June. Confused yet? You need not be, and here is why. Continue reading “ACTA does NOT move to European Court of Justice”
Perhaps it is just me, perhaps I am still too easily shocked in this day and age and I should develop tougher skin. It is also possible that I am just waking up to this and that this attitude is considered normal. Or perhaps the European Commission is indeed shockingly arrogant when it comes to their opinion on mass involvement in a democratic process. What am I talking about? Well, the minutes of a meeting the EC held on Wednesday 22 February 2012 (pdf) and what certain EC members had to say about ACTA during that meeting. Continue reading “The shocking arrogance and ignorance of the European Commission”
The sad and dreary tale concerning ACTA continues, unfortunately. While the European Court of Justice is examining ACTA to see if it possibly conflicts with existing EU laws and treaties, it seems that across the pond in the USA, the Senate is apparently waking up to what ACTA means, following a White House statement that ACTA is legally binding for the United States. This is a complete reversal of earlier statements that proclaimed that the agreement was not binding for the United States. Continue reading “Is the US Senate going to put a stop to ACTA?”