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14 mars 2010 7 14 /03 /mars /2010 19:01

Privacy and data protection

"Intellectual property must be protected,
but it should not be placed above
individuals' rights to privacy and data

Peter Hustinx, European Data Protection
Supervisor (EDPS), issued a report on the
Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement
(ACTA), claiming that it could prove
unworkable under current European Union
data protection laws.

Democracy and transparency

"ACTA is legislation laundering on an
international level of what would be very
difficult to get through most Parliaments"

Stravros Lambrinidis, Member of
European Parliament, S and D group from Greece.


Internet service providers liability

"Any measures concerning people's right to
go online need to be brought in through the
proper democratic channels, not via self-
regulation, and made into EU law".

Andrea D’Incecco, public affairs manager
from EuroISPA (Business association of
European Internet Service Providers).
"ACTA, by putting pressure on Internet
service providers opens the door to private
'three strikes' approaches and generalized
surveillance of the Net."


Françoise Castex
, Member of European
Parliament, S and D, France.

"Third party liability for Internet Server
Providers is like making the post office
responsible for what is inside the letters
they send."

Alexander Alvaro, Member of European Parliament, Germany, ALDE.

Freedom of expression

"It is extremely regrettable that
democratic debate has been eliminated
from talks that could have a major impact
on such a fundamental freedom as free


Reporters without Borders, European
Parliament Sakharov Prize Winners

Access to medicine

"We can only assume that the final text
could do great harm in developing countries
and undermine the balance between the
protection of intellectual property and the
need to provide affordable medicines for
poor people.”

Rohit Malpani, OXFAM, from a press
release criticising possible impact of ACTA.

“We are in danger of ending up with the
worst of both worlds, pushing IP rules,
which are very effective at stopping access
to life-saving drugs but are very bad at
stopping or preventing fake drugs.”

Michelle Childs of Médecins Sans
Frontières, Nobel Peace Prize winners, has
issued a very critical statement on ACTA.

David Hammerstein
TransAtlantic Consumer Dialogue
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