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  4. <title>June 9: Help deliver final blow to ACTA</title>
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  6. <body>
  7. <h1>June 9: Help deliver final blow to ACTA</h1>
  8. <p newsteaser="yes" id="introduction">
  9. On Saturday June 9, activists across Europe are taking to the streets to
  10. protest against the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA). They
  11. demand that the European Parliament should finally reject this
  12. controversial treaty, which would greatly harm citizens' rights. The
  13. Parliament will hold a plenary vote on ACTA in July.
  14. </p>
  15. <p>
  16. A wave of popular protests in February showed policymakers that endorsing
  17. the treaty was risky. Several EU member states are wavering in their
  18. support. The Dutch parliament has even voted to prevent the government
  19. from signing the treaty. However, ACTA is not dead yet. Those in favour
  20. of a free information society need to keep up the pressure until the
  21. European Parliament finally rejects the treaty.
  22. </p>
  23. <p>
  24. Please join a protest event near you
  25. (<a href="http://goo.gl/maps/dsjW">Google map of protests</a>) on June 9,
  26. and help us keep the information society free.
  27. </p>
  28. <p>
  29. ACTA is merely one building block in a wall that is intended to lock us
  30. in and take away our freedom to share and create knowledge. Other
  31. building blocks of this wall are the recently revived IPRED2 Directive in
  32. the EU (<a href="http://ec.europa.eu/governance/impact/planned_ia/docs/2011_markt_006_review_enforcement_directive_ipr_en.pdf">PDF of the European Commission's roadmap)</a>)
  33. and the <a href="http://www.publicknowledge.org/blog/whats-actually-tpp">Transpacific Partnership Agreement</a>
  34. (TPP).
  35. </p>
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  39. <tag>ACTA</tag>
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