[A2k] Like in Mexico, Parliaments Must Reject ACTA

La Quadrature du Net jz at laquadrature.net
Thu Jun 23 05:33:44 PDT 2011

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Like in Mexico, Parliaments Must Reject ACTA

*** Paris, June 23rd, 2011 - The Mexican Senate approved a resolution calling on the government not to sign the anti-counterfeiting agreement ACTA. La Quadrature calls on French and European Members of Parliament to do the same. ***

A few weeks after ACTA was opened to signature1, the resolution2 of the Mexican Senate shows that it refuses the imposition of illegitimate sanctions in the fight against counterfeiting. Such a refusal is essential since ACTA - far from being limited to trade policy - would impose on signatories new sanctions that are ill-defined and extremely large in scope. These sanctions would apply even to not-for-profit infringements of copyright, patents or trademarks3. This vote suggests that even if the Mexican government were to sign ACTA, the Senate would refuse to ratify it.

"The vote of the Mexican Senate is a call to reason: you can't negotiate in the back of democratic representatives in the sole interest of some lobbies' outdated models. Let's act so that in France and in the European Union as well, our elected representatives oppose the theft of their legislative competence. Citizens must call on parliamentarians to follow the example of their Mexican counterparts by demanding to national governments and the EU Commission to drop ACTA.", says Jérémie Zimmermann, spokesperson for the citizen advocacy group La Quadrature du Net.

* Références *

1. http://www.laquadrature.net/en/acta-ratification-underway-must-be-rejected

2. http://www.senado.gob.mx/index.php?id=9376&lg=61&mn=2&sm=2&ver=sp

3. See our analysis of ACTA, and in particular of the abusive definition of "commercial scale": http://www.laquadrature.net/en/acta-updated-analysis-of-the-final-version

** 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 : http://www.laquadrature.net/en/they-support-squaring-net-la-quadrature-du-net

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