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Diane Gurman's picture

For those interested in copyright law

Hello All.

I'm posting this to the general committee, since the copyright subcommittee site isn't up and running yet.

This morning's NY Times has an interesting article about the European Parliament rejecting the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), which has been signed by the U.S.  When I first saw the headline -- "European Parliament Rejects Anti-Piracy Treaty" -- I thought it might be referring to Somali pirates, but no.... 

Quotes from the article:

"For campaigners against restrictions on the Internet, it was the latest in a series of political victories, after the U.S. Congress last winter abandoned proposed U.S. laws aimed at curbing the unauthorized sharing of music, movies and other digital media."
"After the vote, some members of the Parliament stood up in the chamber, displaying placards reading 'Hello democracy, goodbye ACTA'.”
"[O]pponents say it could provide a legitimate international framework for anti-piracy tactics they abhor, like the three-strikes system in France, under which repeat offenders face the suspension of their Internet access. The pact also calls for Internet service providers to take steps to enforce copyright, something they have generally resisted on the grounds that they are mere conduits for digital traffic."

“It’s a crushing victory,” said Jérémie Zimmermann, spokesman for La Quadrature du Net, a group in Paris that was active in the treaty protests. “It’s a political symbol on an enormous scale, in which citizens of the world, connected by the Internet, have managed to defeat these powerful, entrenched industries.”

Link: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/05/technology/european-parliament-rejects-anti-piracy-treaty.html?hpw