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Europeans protest controversial ACTA pact

Tens of thousands of people marched in protests in more than a dozen European cities Saturday against a controversial anti-online piracy pact that critics say could curtail Internet freedom. Some 41,000 people rallied in Germany, including 16,000 in Munich and 10,000 in Berlin, against the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), which…

International agreement cements frequently-abused U.S. copyright law

With the latest round of anti-piracy bills now soundly defeated, many activists and lawmakers have begun thinking about ways that the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) may be changed to remediate portions that have been abused by copyright holders. Only, they’ve discovered that it may be too late. The Obama…

Online protests in Poland over ACTA anti-piracy pact

WARSAW — Nearly 100 Polish websites shrouded their pages in black early Tuesday to protest against Warsaw’s plan to sign a multilateral anti online piracy accord this week. The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) aims to create international standards for intellectual property protection, but some groups oppose it as limiting Internet…

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