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I’ve been writing quite a bit about the dangers of ACTA recently. Just look at my tag cloud to see how big ACTA has become! I do that because I fear for our future should ACTA become a reality. Fortunately, it’s not just me who is spreading the word. I came across an excellent explanation about why ACTA can’t be trusted right here, from the founder of the Swedish Pirate Party. This makes for excellent and scary reading. A Dutch translation may be found here.

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A number of people are organizing an Anti-ACTA protest in The Netherlands on February 4 February 11. It is high time people hold a visual protest here. The protest is in Amsterdam on Dam Square. So…who will be there?

More information here!

In other news, in Poland, large protests are being held and even members of the Polish parliament don the “V for Vendetta” mask, as used by the Occupy movement and Anonymous. Seems like the message is spreading!

This post has been updated because the Anti-ACTA protest has been rescheduled for February 11, because Dam square in Amsterdam was already occupied on February 4. February 11 is the date of the international ACTA protests, so that coincides well. If you are at all concerned about your rights, be there!

Anonymous explains ACTA in a 6 minute video, clearly pointing out the danger to fundamental human rights, privacy and free speech as we know it. This is a very important time. ACTA must be stopped and it can be stopped at the European Parliament. If they say ‘no’, ACTA is finished. Have you written your MEP yet?

Yesterday, the FBI took down file hosting service Megaupload.com, for suspected copyright infringement. Why wait for ACTA to become a reality when you can jump the gun, right? Also, this case proves that ACTA is not necessary to act against sites suspected of copyright infringement. Today, it seems Anonymous is up in arms against the FBI and plenty of organizations that support or want ACTA. Most of their sites are down. Here is the “official” announcement by Anonymous. As far as you can make official announcements when you have no membership and no spokesperson, of course. (more…)

This is an open letter to all those concerned, especially members of the European Parliament.

Ladies and gentlemen, you are our elected representatives. You are the last hurdle the ACTA agreement has to take before it can be implemented. It is my fervent hope that you shall prove to be an insurmountable hurdle. It is my sincere wish that you vote “No” against this far-reaching and potentially very dangerous treaty. A treaty that has been negotiated mostly in secret by people who do not have the interest of ordinary citizens at heart, but people who represent the vested interest of large corporations. Will you allow it to happen that big business can essentially “buy” legislation with their extensive lobbying networks? Will you endanger the rights and liberties of millions of European citizens such as myself, just to protect the already fat wallets of mega-corporations? Or will you truly represent us, your electorate and say “no”, in order to protect us from their money-grubbing hands? The time to make your decision is now. (more…)