ACTA protests take to the streets in Europe today

The growing opposition against the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement in Europe reached new heights today as thousands of protesters took to the streets in locations all over the continent. These gatherings come a day after the German government decided to postpone signing ACTA until sometime later in 2012.

The Associated Press (via CTA.ca) reports that a few thousands people protested ACTA in the streets of Berlin today, with some wearing Guy Fawkes masks and others holding signs with messages like "Right to Remix". The Lithuanian capital of Vilnius also saw hundreds of ACTA protestors while other events were held in the Czech capital of Prague as well as a number of cities in Poland.

The Sofia Echo web site reports that between 5,000 to 7,000 ACTA protesters marched in the Bulgaria capital city of Sofia today along with smaller protests in 15 other cities in that country.

Like the recently delayed Stop Online Piracy Act and the Protect IP Act in the US, ACTA was written in part to try to combat online piracy but opponents have claimed the act is too broadly written and will result in blocked web sites. The US and other countries signed the treaty months ago. However, a number of European countries have not yet signed and/or ratified the agreement. The European Union's rules state that if just one country in the group doesn't both sign and ratify ACTA, the treaty cannot be enforced in the Union.

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lol "No Fear". Damn that message has ben trademarked by said company for said reason and is on for use in the United States any other use the "No Fear" as slang or statement outside of the US is also prohibited!

This message has been forced on you by the letters U. and S bringing our laws to a country near you soon (specially if want a free trade agreement with us)

Bills against Counterfeiting are ok, and nothing new! In fact you should already have one! Bill Against true Piracy is also ok in fact you should already have one to prevent another Boston Tea Party. AND ANOTHER SUPERPOWER THE SIZE OF THE UNITED STATED OF AMERICA! Why do I sound like a broken record? Well, this laws already exist and are supported by industry across the globe and congress every place would be paid for nothing if they don't update them. If you read previous us bill some of them read as poorly as this message and are very un professional. Sick of this on going messege? Then some times we should shoot the messenger as some new I mean events *wink* *wink* are f'in pointless!
THIS HAS BEEN A MESSAGE FROM A US CITIZEN ANY UN AUTHORIZED USE OF THIS MESSAGE IS PROHIBITED UNDER USC 1,2,3 A,B,F and D!!!!!!!!

heh, well when they take everything away from us, bit by bit, those -10 temperatures won't be an issue i'm sure

I was out in Brussels today doing my bit although not quite as an impressive turn out. Maybe 100-200 at peak.

"The European Union's rules state that if just one country in the group doesn't both sign and ratify ACTA, the treaty cannot be enforced in the Union."
I love living in the EU

Deniss said,
"The European Union's rules state that if just one country in the group doesn't both sign and ratify ACTA, the treaty cannot be enforced in the Union."
I love living in the EU

maby so, but lots of money will change hands in back room deals to make sure this gets thru. most MP's dont give a crap, just look at what happed with the digital econemey bill that got passed with jsut a handfull of MP's the whole system is an entire JOKE and only benifits those with money and power.

Deniss said,
"The European Union's rules state that if just one country in the group doesn't both sign and ratify ACTA, the treaty cannot be enforced in the Union."
I love living in the EU

I know, great for these type of things

we can protest till the cows come home and the moon turns into cheese, the bill will still pass and there will be nothing we can do about it.