[fyeg_gen-l] ACTA: Letter to the EU Parliament Development Committee
dante.monson at gmail.com
Tue Jan 24 17:40:36 CET 2012
Thank you to MEP Bart Staes for his positive reply,
which I wish to share with the federation of young european greens
On Tue, Jan 24, 2012 at 5:10 PM, STAES Bart
<bart.staes at europarl.europa.eu>wrote:
> Dear all,
> I fully share these remarks and will act accordingly in the DEVE debates
> and votes.
> You can rely on me and all my green colleaugues in the EP!
> Please consult also our website act-on-acta.eu
> Kind regards,
> Bart Staes, MEP
> Op 24 jan. 2012 om 17:05 heeft "Dante-Gabryell Monson" <
> dante.monson at gmail.com> het volgende geschreven:
> Thank you for considering the following
> *Letter - **by la Quadrature du Net -*
> *to the EU Parliament Development Committee<https://www.laquadrature.net/wiki/MEPs_DEVE>
> which includes green representatives *Franziska Keller* and *Catherine
> *( Isabella Lövin , **Judith Sargentini , and **Bart Staes as substitutes
> ) *
> Some of the main points are :
> - *ACTA turns Internet companies (ISPs, service providers) into a
> private copyright police by forcing to take legal responsibility for what
> their users do online.*
> - *ACTA brings broad and dangerous criminal sanctions in loosely
> defined way.*
> - *ACTA bypasses democracy and opens the door to a parallel
> legislative process, which the European MPs should be particularly angry
> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> From: La Quadrature du Net <jz at laquadrature.net>
> Date: Tue, Jan 24, 2012 at 3:14 PM
> Subject: [fcf_discussion] ACTA: Letter to the EU Parliament Development
> To: fcforum_discussion at list.fcforum.net
> Themes: EU, TRADE, ACTA, COPYRIGHT, INTERNET, ACCESS TO MEDICINES,
> La Quadrature du Net - For immediate release
> Permanent link:
> ACTA: Letter to the EU Parliament Development Committee
> To: Members of the DEVE committee
> Subject: Exchange of views on ACTA : Crucial issues need to be
> Dear Member of the Development Committee,
> Today, you will hold a first exchange of views on the draft opinion
> report presented by Mr. Jan Zahradil on ACTA. We write to you to express
> grave concerns regarding the substance of this draft report.
> Many crucial issues raised by ACTA are completely overlooked. In
> particular, the fact that its negotiators purposefully chose to bypass
> international forums, such as WTO and WIPO. Last year, leaked US diplomatic
> cables showed that from the beginning, ACTA was designed to be imposed on
> developing countries, while excluding them of the negotiation process.
> This all the more shocking that many NGOs such as Oxfam, Doctors Without
> Borders and Health Action International have shown that ACTA would have
> negative consequences on the legitimate trade of generic medicines.
> Moreover, several advocacy groups also stress that ACTA's digital
> chapter will export to developing countries several civil and criminal
> measures to fight the sharing of online culture. ACTA would provide the
> legal justification for measures such as those proposed in the extremist
> copyright bills discussed by the US Congress (known as “PIPA” and “SOPA”).
> Though these US bills have been shelved after huge online protests, ACTA
> would pave the way for similar extra-judicial measures undermining freedom
> of speech online and innovation in the digital economy. It would have
> dramatic consequences, especially in countries that don't have the same
> fundamental rights protections as the EU. 
> Finally, ACTA has absolutely no democratic legitimacy. Indeed, it was
> drafted by a small group of unelected officials in charge of promoting the
> interests of rights holders in their respective countries — not by
> legitimate democratic representatives. And now, Members of the European
> Parliament are asked to approve these new criminal sanctions without the
> possibility to amend them. If ACTA were to be ratified in Europe, it would
> undermine the very democratic values on which the Union was founded.
> As protectors of the public interest, we trust that you will fully
> consider these important issues, and amend the draft report to that effect.
> La Quadrature du Net.
> 2. http://www.laquadrature.net/wiki/Against_ACTA
> 3. http://www.laquadrature.net/en/node/4104/
> * References *
> 1. When finalized, this “opinion” will complement the main report in the
> International trade (INTA) committee, which will be presented in plenary
> along with the yes/no vote, in the next months. See the draft opinion
> 2. https://memopol.lqdn.fr/europe/parliament/deputy/JanZahradil/
> *** Paris, 24 January 2012 – Today, La Quadrature du Net sent a letter to
> the Members of the Development committee of the European Parliament. All
> citizens should also call on the committee to carefully consider the many
> serious issues raised by ACTA, the anti-counterfeiting trade agreement
> aimed at establishing extremist standards in copyright, patent and
> trademarks worldwide. ***
> The “Development” committee (DEVE) of the EU Parliament is starting its
> work on ACTA by debating its draft opinion report  on ACTA, presented by
> its rapporteur Jan Zahradil , a conservative, euro-skeptic
> representative from the Czech Republic. The DEVE committee will meet around
> 4:30 pm today to discuss ACTA .
> To underline the crucial issues raised by ACTA, La Quadrature du Net has
> sent a letter to the members of the DEVE committee. La Quadrature stresses
> in particular how ACTA was — from the beginning of the negotiations — meant
> as an agreement to be imposed on developing countries. The letter also
> points to the human rights concerns regarding the impact of ACTA on access
> to medecines and free speech online. Finally, the letter insists on ACTA's
> lack of democratic legitimacy.
> Every citizen can contribute to defeat ACTA by contacting members of the
> EU Parliament (MEPs) and informing them of this illegtimate agreeement's
> dangers and the need to reject it.
> La Quadrature has set up a wiki campaign page to help you get in touch
> with MEPs in the DEVE committee:
> ** About la Quadrature du Net **
> La Quadrature du Net is an advocacy group that promotes the rights and
> freedoms of citizens on the Internet. More specifically, it advocates for
> the adaptation of French and European legislations to respect the founding
> principles of the Internet, most notably the free circulation of knowledge.
> In addition to its advocacy work, the group also aims to foster a better
> understanding of legislative processes among citizens. Through specific and
> pertinent information and tools, La Quadrature du Net hopes to encourage
> citizens' participation in the public debate on rights and freedoms in the
> digital age.
> La Quadrature du Net is supported by French, European and international
> NGOs including the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the Open Society
> Institute and Privacy International.
> List of supporting organisations:
> ** Press contact and press room **
> Jérémie Zimmermann, jz at laquadrature.net, +33 (0)615 940 675
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