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MEPs are voting on ACTA this week

Citizens urged to voice their opposition
Tue May 29 2012, 15:35

WITH THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT due to vote on the repressive Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) this week, anyone that opposes it is urged to tell their representative to vote Nay.

Citizens' rights and political groups the UK Pirate Party, the Open Rights Group (ORG) and the French La Quadrature Du Net have said that while much work has been done to show MEPs how much popular opposition there is to the draconian ACTA treaty, there is still time to show more.

"Whilst we have made great headway with MEPs in explaining why we believe ACTA is so flawed, it is by no means certain that ACTA has been defeated," says the Open Rights Group in a blog post.

"The votes this Thursday, in three of the Committees responsible for offering 'Opinions' on the treaty, will really affect whether the European Parliament ultimately rejects ACTA or not. It is important that your MEP understand people's concerns. And calling your MEP will help make this happen."

Three committees will be voting on the agreement on Thursday, and each hearing is an important step on the way to getting ACTA kicked out of Europe, says the ORG. The group has provided a list of relevant MEPs and their contact information for anyone that wants to get involved.

The final vote on ACTA will happen in the first week of July and La Quadrature Du Net said that it is important that the sound of rejection rings through the European Parliament.

"Citizens have a decisive influence on the debates in the European Parliament. We must keep expressing our views to the committee members, during both the opinion votes and the final report's vote, to ensure that the Parliament has no other option during the plenary than to massively reject ACTA," it says.

"A massive and clearcut rejection, carried by a strong citizen mobilization, will pave the way for a much needed positive copyright reform."

The UK Pirate Party will be actively supporting protests against ACTA. These are set for 9 June. µ


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