Quebec Solidaire Asks European Lawmakers for Alliance Against CETA

By Drew Wilson Battle lines are already beginning to form as the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). Late last month, the word was that CETA was weeks away from completion. Now, reports are surfacing that social democratic group Quebec Solidaire has sent a letter to European lawmakers urging them to join the resistance against

Reviewing the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement

By Drew Wilson After reviewing known information about the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Trans-Atlantic Partnership Agreement (TAPA), we now shift our focus to another known threat to the Internet – the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). Like the TPP, CETA has had known leaks of its own in the past. It was these

Mexico Signs onto ACTA

After numerous set-backs, the European Commission rejecting ACTA (Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement) and other countries backing away as a result, it seemed like it was a slam dunk that no country would ever even consider signing onto ACTA. It turns out, one country seems willing to sign on to such a heavily rejected agreement – Mexico.

John Clancy Denies ACTA CETA Connection, But Criticism Persists

After the leaking of the IP chapter of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), officials were once again on the defensive. They denied that Internet spying (one of the most contentious issues of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) is no longer part of CETA. Critics, however, say that this does not mean the concern

Are TPP Negotiators Adding Consumer Protections to Agreement?

After the collapse of ACTA (Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement) in Europe, many wondered what the implications would be including the implications on other agreements. With what little we know about the TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership), we can only speculate, but it’s possible that they saw what happened to ACTA and are now trying to add consumer protection

In Response to Ewan Morrison’s Sky is Falling Piece on ACTA’s Death

After ACTA (Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement) was killed in Europe, many were applauding the secretive agreements demise. One ACTA supporter, Ewan Morrison, took to writing an article in the Guardian to say that everything from journalism to movie making is going to be devastated by this development. We respond to these comments.

La Quadrature Du Net – Let’s Build Better Copyright Laws

After what many call as the death blow to Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) thanks to an overwhelming rejection in the European Parliament, some might call the battle for balanced copyright over for now. La Quadrature Du Net, however, argues that this is a great time to build more acceptable copyright laws.

European Parliament Overwhelmingly Rejects ACTA 478 – 39

After years of tension and drama surrounding the infamous secretive Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), a vote by the European Parliament seems to have sealed it’s fate. This morning, the European Parliament has voted 478 against the agreement, 39 for the agreement and 165 abstained.

Australian Committee Recommends Against Ratifying ACTA

ACTA (Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement) has certainly been at the receiving end of numerous heavy blows. The heaviest are coming from Europe where widespread opposition and all five committees looking at ACTA have recommended against ratification. Now, Australia seems to be following suit with the Australian Joint Standing Committee on Treaties also recommending against ratification.

ACTA Committee Defeat: Europeans Celebrate a ‘Victory for European Democracy’

It was building up for weeks, but after ACTA (Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement) was defeated by the European International Trade (INTA) committee, it became clear Europeans won a key battle over the agreement in the lead-up to the final vote in the European Parliament. Now, many are celebrating what one called a “victory for European democracy.