ACTA moves to European Court of Justice

Rather unsurprisingly, the ACTA news of today is that the European Parliament has suspended the ratification of ACTA. The matter will now be referred to the European Court of Justice. I write ‘unsurprisingly’ because this is exactly what the new rapporteur on ACTA, David Martin, suggested more than a week ago. So is this good …

ACTA is not dead

With all the recent news, several European countries announcing they were going to hold off on ratifying or signing of the ACTA agreement, major newspapers announcing that ACTA is dead, the EU Court of Justice ruling that social networks can’t be forced to monitor their users for copyright violations, it would be easy to make …

Breaking news: Dutch parliament against signing ACTA

This was just announced by Dutch news network NOS: apparently the Dutch national Parliament has accepted a motion not to sign ACTA, due to concerns about human rights. A majority in Parliament consisting of D66, Groenlinks, PvdA,  SP and PVV stated that the ACTA agreement might conflict with the European declaration on the Rights of …

ACTA protest day, February 11, 2012

Post edited 2012-02-12: more videos added and the reaction of Minister Verhagen has been given a post of its own, so it has been removed here. Bonus points if you can spot yours truly in any of the videos below. I was at the protest in Amsterdam today and boy, was it ever cold! Still, …

Germany won’t sign ACTA…for now

Today, news media report that Germany is postponing the signing, not to mention the ratification of ACTA. This is good news. As more countries are wavering in their support for ACTA, the future of this agreement becomes less and less secure. That is something to be happy about, but it is no time to relax …

Piracy and the power of protest

As I mentioned before, in many countries across Europe, massive demonstrations and protests have been and are being held to tell our governments that a substantial portion of European citizens are opposed to ACTA. Here in The Netherlands, a protest is being organized in Amsterdam, this Saturday. Now, the Dutch are not known for their …