Last week, 3 million of us beat back America's attack on our Internet!
--- but there is an even bigger threat out there, and our global
movement for freedom online is perfectly poised to kill it for good.
ACTA - a global treaty - could allow corporations to censor the Internet.
Negotiated in secret by a small number of rich countries and corporate
powers, it would set up a shadowy new anti-counterfeiting body to allow
private interests to police everything that we do online and impose
massive penalties -- even prison sentences -- against people they say
have harmed their business.
Europe is deciding right now whether to ratify ACTA -- and without them, this global attack on Internet freedom will collapse. We know they have opposed ACTA before, but some members of Parliament are wavering -- let's give them the push they need to reject the treaty. Sign the petition -- we'll do a spectacular delivery in Brussels when we reach 500,000 signatures.
It's outrageous -- governments of four fifths of the world’s people
were excluded from the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement
(ACTA) negotiations and unelected bureaucrats have worked closely
with corporate lobbyists to craft new rules and a dangerously powerful
enforcement regime. ACTA would initially cover the US, EU and 9
other countries, then be rolled out across the world. But if we can get
the EU to say no now, the treaty will lose momentum and could stall for
The oppressively strict regulations could mean people
everywhere are punished for simple acts such as sharing a newspaper
article or uploading a video of a party where copyrighted music is
played. Sold as a trade agreement to protect copyrights, ACTA could also ban lifesaving generic drugs and threaten local farmers' access to the seeds they need. And, amazingly, the ACTA committee will have carte blanche to change its own rules and sanctions with no democratic scrutiny.
Big corporate interests are pushing hard for this, but the EU Parliament stands in the way. Let's
send a loud call to Parliamentarians to face down the lobbies and stand
firm for Internet freedom. Sign now and send to everyone you know.
Last week, we saw the strength of our collective power when millions of
us joined forces to stop the US from passing an Internet censorship law
that would have struck at the heart of the Internet. We also showed the
world how powerful our voices can be. Let's raise them again to tackle
this new threat.
Please join the community and sign this petition please if you support the cause.
In: World News
Tags: ACTA, Copyright Police, Trade Agreement, Sharing, Internet, seeds, Generic Drugs, Educational
Location: United Kingdom (UK/GB) (load item map)
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