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January 26th 2012: The agreement was signed by the UK at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Tokyo alongside 22 European Member States.
Signing Ceremony of the EU for the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) (Outline)

Both the Commons' and the Lords' EU-scrutiny-committees expedited ACTA, last year, without even putting it to votes, in their respective Houses. 
(In the Commons Scrutiny-Committee - Chairman, Bill Cash - ACTA was included among 22 "EU Documents not raising questions of sufficient legal or political importance to warrant a substantive report to the House", and was nodded through!)

This Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement was drawn up in secrecy over the past five years. It's now been signed on your behalf by people who are giving away your freedom. Regardless of the signatures ACTA will not become EU law unless voted in by the European Parliament in

Kader Arif, rapporteur for ACTA in the European Parliament quit his role as rapporteur saying:

”I want to denounce in the strongest possible manner the entire process that led to the signature of this agreement: no inclusion of civil society organisations, a lack of transparency from the start of the negotiations, repeated postponing of the signature of the text without an explanation being ever given, exclusion of the EU Parliament's demands that were expressed on several occasions in our assembly.”

“As rapporteur of this text, I have faced never-before-seen manoeuvres from the right wing of this Parliament to impose a rushed calendar before public opinion could be alerted, thus depriving the Parliament of its right to expression and of the tools at its disposal to convey citizens' legitimate demands.”

“Everyone knows the ACTA agreement is problematic, whether it is its impact on civil liberties, the way it makes Internet access providers liable, its consequences on generic drugs manufacturing, or how little protection it gives to our geographical indications.”

“This agreement might have major consequences on citizens' lives, and still, everything is being done to prevent the European Parliament from having its say in this matter. That is why today, as I release this report for which I was in charge, I want to send a strong signal and alert the public opinion about this unacceptable situation. I will not take part in this masquerade.”

Source: ACTA : une mascarade à laquelle je ne participerai pas - Kader Arif blog

This isn't about Copyright it's about the American Film and Music Industry missing the opportunity the Internet had to offer ten years ago because they arrogantly refused to change their business model, and now they're trying to play catch up.

  1. Sign HM Government e-petition 
    There are several, pick the one with the most votes.
  2. Sign the EU Petition 
    Last time we checked there were 500,000 and it was going up quickly.
  3. Write to your MEP 
    We've had expedient responses from both Keith Taylor MEP and Nigel Farage MEP.
  4. ACTA The Final Act
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  5. Opinion Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) with the European Convention on Human Rights & the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights
    by Douwe Korff - Professor of International law - London Metropolitan University - London (UK)
    & Ian Brown - Senior Research Fellow - Oxford Internet Institute - University of Oxford (UK) 

  6. Find more on Wikipedia
  7. Find more on YouTube (owned by Google)
  8. Find more on RT (Russia Today)
  9. 14 most ridiculous lawsuits filed by riaa and mpaa
    $1.5 million dollars in fines for downloading 24 songs

    A couple of points to think about if you're British (from our legal people)
       a) It's funny yes indeed - but most of these people still had to pay.
       b) If you are extradited to the US and fined you will not be able to declare bankruptcy
  10. The Gross Stupidity of the English Copyright Law and/or English Judges 
    (It's a lot to read so just scroll to the bottom).
    Two photographs taken by two different people at different times.
    But to a Judge they're similar therefore it's Copyright infringement

  11. Anonymous get in on the action (and almost get it right)

    Video Hosted by YouTube 

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