TNT blogUna coalizione mondiale di associazioni non governative, unioni di consumatori e associazioni di provider Internet pubblicano una lettera aperta alle istituzioni europee concernente l’Accordo Commerciale Anti-Contraffazione (ACTA), attualmente in fase di negoziazione. Chiedono al Parlamento Europeo e ai negoziatori europei di opporsi a qualsiasi disposizione nell’accordo multilaterale che possa limitare i diritti e le libertà fondamentali dei cittadini in tutto il mondo.


La Quadrature du Net Press Release (see below for Italian and English open letter).

Paris, December 10th 2009 – A worldwide coalition of Non-Governmental Organizations, consumers unions and online service providers associations publish an open letter to the European institutions regarding the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) currently under negotiation. They call on the European Parliament and the EU negotiators to oppose any provision int the multilateral agreement that would undermine the fundamental rights and freedoms of citizens in Europe and across the world.

By December 17th, 2009, European negotiators will submit their position regarding the proposal put forward by the U.S Trade Representative for the Internet chapter of the ACTA. It is now time for the European Union to firmly oppose the dangerous measures secretly being negotiated. They cover not only “three strikes” schemes, but also include Internet service providers liability that would result in Internet filtering, and dispositions undermining interoperability and usability of digital music and films.

The first signatories of the open letter include: La Quadrature du Net, ScambioEtico, Consumers International (world federation of 220 consumer groups in 115 countries), EDRi (27 European civil rights and privacy NGOs), the Free Software Foundation (FSF), the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), ASIC (French trade association for web2.0 companies), and civil liberties organizations from all around Europe (9 Member States so far…). The letter is open for signature by other organizations.

ACTA: Una Minaccia Globale alla Libertà

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L’Accordo Commerciale Anti-Contraffazione (ACTA) è un ampio accordo intergovernativo in fase di negoziazione. Verte dal problema sociale chiave dell’accesso alle medicine[1] alla regolamentazione penale di Internet. Temiamo che esso possa gravemente ostacolare l’innovazione europea nel mercato unico digitale e danneggiare i diritti fondamentali e la democrazia in generale.

Lo stesso processo di negoziazione solleva importanti questioni di trasparenza e di dovuto processo democratico, dato che il contenuto della proposta di accordo è stato tenuto segreto per più di 18 mesi, sebbene alcuni dettagli siano recentemente trapelati al pubblico. Ancora più preoccupante è il fatto che, mentre al Parlamento Europeo è stato negato l’accesso ai documenti, all’industria americana tale accesso è stato consentito, in seguito alla sottoscrizione di un accordo di riservatezza.

Una recente analisi della Commissione Europea sul capitolo Internet[2] prova che gli argomenti in discussione vanno ben oltre l’attuale corpus legislativo dell’Unione Europea. Ancora più preoccupante è il fatto che l’analisi della Commissione conferma che l’attuale formulazione di ACTA limiterebbe profondamente i diritti e le libertà fondamentali dei cittadini Europei, in particolare la libertà di espressione e il diritto alla privacy nelle comunicazioni. Questi sono ad estremo rischio, giacché l’attuale proposta preme per l’implementazione di schemi three-strikes e politiche di filtraggio dei contenuti tramite l’imposizione agli intermediari tecnici, come gli Internet Service Provider, di responsabilità civile e penale. Il testo, inoltre, intaccherebbe l’esercizio dell’interoperabilità che è essenziale sia per i diritti dei consumatori sia per la concorrenza.

Di conseguenza, ci appelliamo al Parlamento affinché richieda ai negoziatori Europei di stabilire la trasparenza nel processo dei negoziati, di pubblicare la proposta di accordo e di non accettare qualsiasi proposta che comprometterebbe i diritti e le libertà dei cittadini. Inoltre, chiediamo al Parlamento di fare una dichiarazione inequivocabile alla Commissione e al Consiglio in merito al fatto che qualsiasi accordo che non rispetta questi principi basilari costringerebbe il Parlamento a rigettare l’intero testo.

ACTA: A Global Threat to Freedoms

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The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) is a broad intergovernmental agreement under negotiation ranging from the key social issue of access to medicine[1] to criminal Internet regulation. We fear it could seriously hinder European innovation in the digital single market while undermining fundamental rights and democracy at large.

The negotiation process itself raises important questions of transparency and due democratic process, given that the content of the draft agreement has been kept secret for more than 18 months, although some details about the proposals recently leaked to the public. More worrying still, while the European Parliament has been denied access to the documents, US industry has been granted access to them, albeit only after signing non-disclosure agreements.

A recent analysis by the European Commission of the ACTA Internet chapter[2] proves that the topics under discussion go far beyond the current body of EU law. Most importantly, the Commission’s analysis confirms that the current draft of ACTA would profoundly restrict the fundamental rights and freedoms of European citizens, most notably the freedom of expression and communication privacy. These are very much at risk, since the current draft pushes for the implementation of three-strikes schemes and content filtering policies by seeking to impose civil and criminal liability on technical intermediaries such as internet service providers. The text would also radically erode the exercise of interoperability that is essential for both consumer rights and competitiveness.

Consequently, we urge the Parliament to call on European negotiators to establish transparency in the negotiation process and publish the draft agreement, and not to accept any proposal which would undermine citizens’ rights and freedoms. Furthermore, we urge the Parliament to make an unequivocal statement to the Commission and Council that any agreement which does not respect these core principles would force the Parliament to reject the entire text.

[1] See: http://www.oxfam.org/en/pressroom/pressrelease/2009-07-15/criminalize-generic-medicines-hurt-poor-countries

[2] See:
http://sharemydoc.org/files/philip/ec_analysis_of_acta_internet_chapter.pdf

The first signatories of this letter are (in alphabetical order):

AK DATEN E.V. – Germany
AK DATEN is a NGO focused on civil rights, especially on informational self-determination, privacy and freedom of information. We’re co-founder of the “Friedrich Schüler Library and Archive for the european civil rights movement”.

April – France
April is the main French advocacy association devoted to promote and protect Free/Libre Software

ASIC – France
L’Association des Services Internet Communautaires is a trade association for web2.0 companies in France

Asociación de Internautas – Spain
Association working for the rights of electronic communications users.

Bits of Freedom – The Netherlands
Bits of Freedom defends digital civil rights, such as privacy on the Internet and online freedom of speech.

Chaos Computer Club (CCC) – Germany
Europe’s largest hacker group, founded in 1981.

Constant vzw – Belgium
Association for arts and media

Consumers International – International
Consumers International (CI) is the only independent global campaigning voice for consumers. With over 220 member organisations in 115 countries, we are building a powerful international consumer movement to help protect and empower consumers everywhere.

dyne.org – International
Since 2000 dyne hosts an atelier for digital artisans. We design software and ideas for the arts, sharing a grassroot access to technology, education and freedom.

EDRi – Europe
European Digital Rights defends civil rights in the information society

Electronic Frontier Finland – Finland
Electronic Frontier Finland has been set up to defend the citizens’ electronic rights.

Electronic Frontier Foundation – International
EFF is the leading civil liberties group defending your rights in the digital world.

Exgae – Spain
La primera asesoría legal especializada en librar a los ciudadanos de los abusos de las entidades de gestión y de la industría cultural. 24
identidades, entre asociaciones y ciudadanos, están detrás de esta iniciativa que comienza respaldada por casi 8000 personas.

Free Knowledge Institute – Europe
The Free Knowledge Institute (FKI) is a no

Free Software Foundation – International
The Free Software Foundation (FSF) is a donor supported charity founded in 1985 and based in Boston, MA, USA. The FSF has a worldwide mission to promote computer user freedom and to defend the rights of all free software users.

Gleducar – Argentina
NGO that promotes freedom in education and access to knowledge supporting Free Technologies and distributed networks

Hacktivistas – Spain
An open technology enthusiasts collective focusing on free culture, free society and privacy.

Knowledge Ecology International – International
Attending and mending the knowledge ecosystem

La Quadrature du Net – France
La Quadrature du Net is a citizen group informing about legislative projects menacing civil liberties as well as economic and social development in the digital age.

netzpolitik.org – Germany
netzpolitik.org is a blog and campaigning-plaatform for digital rights.

Open Rights Group – United Kingdom
The Open Rights Group exists to preserve and promote UK and EU citizens rights in the digital age.

Opendata Network – Germany
German based NGO to promote open access, open data, open government, transparency and participation.

Scambio Etico – Italy
A grassroots movement to defend citizens’ rights on the Internet, promote access to knowledge and preserve Net Neutrality.

The Julia Group (Juliagruppen) – Sweden
The Julia group is a non profit organisation working for a free and open internet.

The WeReBuild clusters – Europe
We Rebuild is a decentralized cluster of net activists who have joined forces to collaborate on issues concerning access to a free Internet without intrusive surveillance

U.S. PIRG – USA
U.S. PIRG, the federation of state Public Interest Research Groups (PIRGs), stands up to powerful special interests on behalf of the American public, working to win concrete results for our health and our well-being. With a strong network of researchers, advocates, organizers and students in state capitols across the country, we take on the special interests on issues, such as product safety, political corruption, prescription drugs and voting rights, where these interests stand in the way of reform and progress.

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