[A2k] Winning BIG on ACTA and Beyond!
La Quadrature du Net
jz at laquadrature.net
Tue Jun 26 05:07:37 PDT 2012
Themes: ACTA, FINAL VOTE, EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT
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Winning BIG on ACTA and Beyond!
*** Paris, June 26th 2012 - This Wednesday July 4th, the European Parliament will have an opportunity to reject ACTA as a whole, in plenary, and destroy it forever. After four years of citizens' hard work, such a rejection would create a tremendous political symbol of global scale. La Quadrature du Net calls on all citizens to contact Members of the EU Parliament to urge them to reject ACTA, and beyond, to start a process to positively reform copyright law. A strong victory would set the ground for future reforms. ***
Last week's adoption  by the "International Trade" (INTA ) committee of a voting recommendation against ACTA is extremely encouraging, but the final step  ahead is indeed the most important: all the Members  of the European Parliament (MEPs) will cast their vote in plenary on July 4th, 12:00PM, in favour or against ACTA. Citizens of the Internet must unite forces for this unique and historic occasion!
If chances of winning are now high, nothing is won yet. Last week, industry lobbies and the European Commission (responsible for negotiating on behalf of the EU) attempted to influence1 the Members of the INTA committee, and are already trying very hard to save face. We must therefore win this vote by a strong majority, to make it impossible for the Parliament to go back and stick to blind repression once ACTA is rejected.
As a citizen platform, La Quadrature du Net provides the PiPhone , a web tool allowing to call free of charge MEPs who are still not clearly against ACTA, along with some guidelines  and key arguments  against ACTA. Personnalized contacts should always be favoured over copy-paste of templates!
While engaging with the MEPs and their assistants, citizens are encouraged to start an open discussion about the need, beyond ACTA, to reform  the EU copyright framework. Our online cultural practices must be encouraged rather than repressed. The voice of citizens, the free and open Internet, as well as our cultural practices matter more than a few industry lobbies' interests!
"The ACTA debate could mark the beginning of a new era, where citizens organized online have the power to counter the influence of powerful industrial lobbies and short-sighted policy-makers keen on sacrificing our rights, along with the free Internet. By engaging with our representatives ahead of next week's vote, we can not only achieve a huge victory of tremendous political significance against ACTA, but also help lawmakers understand how Internet and online culture function/works ? Let's win big on ACTA!" concludes Jeremie Zimmermann, spokeperson of the citizen group La Quadrature du Net.
* References *
5. Industry lobbies distribute these kind of documents in European Parliament's corridors: http://ur1.ca/9jqs6 http://ur1.ca/9khs3 http://ur1.ca/9khs7 http://ur1.ca/9khs8 http://ur1.ca/9khsa
** About la Quadrature du Net **
La Quadrature du Net is an advocacy group that defends 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: https://www.laquadrature.net/en/they-support-la-quadrature-du-net
** Press contact and press room **
Jérémie Zimmermann, jz at laquadrature.net, +33 (0)615 940 675
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