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Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Building Better Copyright Laws

Right after the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement was denied in the EU Parliament, La Quadrature Du Net understands that it’s a chance to build new and more viable copyright legislation. Just last week the treaty was voted against in the EU Parliament with 478 votes against and 39 in favor, which put an end to the act that could have ignored people’s Internet privacy rights. Today, with this great victory in mind, a press release by La Quadrature Du Net reveals how favorable this move is to the creation of better copyright laws.






The EU Parliament rejected the treaty by a huge majority, killing it for good. Of course, this was a major victory for many connected citizens and outfits that have been working hard for years, but also a great hope on a global scale for a better democracy. La Quadrature Du Net believes that they must build a positive copyright law on the ruins of ACTA, focusing on their rights instead of attacking them. They say that this victory should be a wake up call for lawmakers, making them feel that basic freedoms and the free and open web should prevail over private interests.

Last week, people from the web and all around the world have won – by 478 to 0393 during the final vote, the EU Parliament killed the treaty once and for all. Together the citizens defeated the agreement negotiated in secret by a club of private interests and dogmatic civil servants. The experts point out that this long-lasting battle demonstrates how crucial the networked public sphere is to the future of the societies and democracies.

La Quadrature Du Net says that beyond ACTA, the repressive trend must be stopped which keeps imposing measures that harm the web and basic freedoms. People must demand a reform of copyright to foster Internet cultural practices like sharing instead of repressing them. This recent victory must be the start of a new era, where policy-makers put freedoms and the open web ahead of private interests.

However, the reality is that although ACTA’s demise is indeed a great victory, this doesn’t necessarily mean that supporters of harsher copyright legislation would stop doing what they can. There will be new bills proposed under new names, but with the same purpose. The matter is that if people really want to change something in the copyright arena, they need to act fast.

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