What is ACTA 2 ?

#ACTA2 is how we call the Copyright Directive on the single digital marketWe call it the #ACTA2 because it’s not about helping creators with the copyright law problem. It only uses the copyright subject as an excuse to control content of the internet. The information that you post and you recieve. The copyright problem subject is just a way to finance the building of the censorship infrastructure and a way to push the legislation true the European Parliament – to fool the MEP’s that they are doing the right thing. ACTA2 is dangerous – As a directive it gives precedence for future censorship of information in the European internet. Today it’s copyrights. Tomorrow it will be political correctness, radicalism and in the end, every other point of view. ACTA2 is the beggining of the Orwellian world.

This Directive is known by many hashtags in the internet – here are some of them: #stopACTA2, #CopyrightDirective, #SaveYourInternet, #SaveTheInternet, #Article11, #Article13, #UploadFilters, #LinkTax, #Filternet, #ACTA2.

Article 11

also known as the #linktax is an effort of corporate lobbing. It gives extra copyrights to press, requiring a license from the publisher for anyone who would like to use even the shortest fragment from a press relies or an article – this also refers to link snippets (the title, description and picture in a link). In effect Article 11 will kill all independent media and online polemic.

Article 13

also known as the #uploadfilters dumps the responsibility for posts & comments from the authors to the owners of the websites. It offers a tool to help the owners of website to filter the content – a filtering IT infrastructure that all website will need to connect to. This filter will censor all content which will consider that violate copyrights before the post or comment will go public.

The temptation is great with such power. The infrastructure once operative, can be used to filter and block any kind of content the powers controlling it choose too and there will be no going back. YES! Today’s copyright laws aren’t great. YES! they need a change. But a change for the better and ACTA2 is a change leading to an authoritarian system.

A MESSAGE TO DIGITAL CONTENT CREATORS – ARTISTS, YOUTUBERS, BLOGGERS

The Internet freedom is in a grave danger and it may seriously affect you and your work! The EU politicians and corporate lobbyists are currently working on the new Copyright Directive (particularly articles 11 and 13), commonly known as ACTA2. Time is running out and the matter is of great importance to all of us. Only together can we succeed in stopping this shameful law and that’s why we ask for your help. Please kindly familiarize yourself with our manifesto and help us in our battle as soon as possible!

I’m not a creator. I only surf the net. Will the Copyright Directive in the Single Digital Market affect me?

Commenting & posting

You must be very careful from now on! Remember that from the moment the directive will be transferred to the local law of a particular Member State, YOU WILL BE RESPONSIBLE  TO ENSURE THAT YOU ARE AUTHOR OF THE CONTENT YOU PUBLISH, or that you have rights to it. You will not quote your authority statements anymore, nor will you quote a YT graphic / memo / video link that has not been released from your hand, despite the fact that it perfectly matches the topic being discussed. You will be overwhelmed with frustration every time the filtering machines do not accept your comment, and you’ll be editing it one by one, hoping that it may succeed now. The press will also receive copyright laws so no quoting of articles for you anymore.

Surfing for information

The Internet will now become a place much more sad than you knew it so far. First of all, it will be less extensive. The www will be empty of information and content. “Link tax” will cause the flow of information to be seriously inhibited, and thus the desired content will be very difficult to find, if at all possible … THE INTERNET WILL LOOSE ONE OF IT’S MOST IMPORTANT FOUNDATIONS! The censoring machines will filter valuable content, and most of the wanted materials will be simply removed because if there’ll be a minimal risk that it may conflict with the new ACTA2 law.

I’m a creator should ACTA 2 & Article 13 make me worried?

Youtuber

Many aspects of activity on YT will change completely, and even DEGRADATE, as soon as this dangerous law comes into force … Forget about sharing music if youe haven’t  purchased copyright licenses. Don’t count on sharing third-party materials or other authors’ sources, even if you only use their works as a quote! Silly matter like placing links in the description of a movie – be it source texts or other materials on the web that cover the same subject – will now become a melody of the past. Your channel will be barren, it will loose the interest, and as a result  sooner or later it will disappear from YT.  

Editor

Articles 11 and 13 will directly affect your business. Article 11 will force you to purchase licenses enabling the sharing (linking) of materials from specific publishers. Only the largest players with huge capital will be able to buy these licenses. THE LINK TAX WILL KILL MOST PORTALS ON THE INTERNET! Article 13 will oblige you to assess the legality of the materials published by you and users  of your site. The cost of filtering machines will decide whether copyright is infringed. PORTALS WILL END THERE ACTIVITIES, AND TRUE CENSURSHIP WILL REIGN THE INTERNET!

Musician

ACTA2 will change the way you promote. It will change the way you can use the samples. Think of it? If there will be no independent portals how will the world ever know that you exist? You will be dependent on the will of the biggest players and you’ll have nothing to say. The internet will turn in to a giant record company and the same thing that stopped our ancestors from promotion will now be stopping you. Oh and there’s a catch – the celebrities will be safe. Safe from the young blood so they won’t need to worry about their future.  The quality of music will depredate

WHAT CAN I DO TO STOP IT?

Sign the petition

Join the protests on 23.03.2019

More information on #ACTA2

Latest news

StopACTA2 Interview on Radio Hussar

Radio Hussar our great supporters are here with an interview they had with stopacta2.org admin! You can fins a link to the material here: StopACTA2 – Can We Save The Internet? It’s already been 6 months! We originaly Heard abort the Directive on the Single Digital Market on the 21st of June 2018 straight after the JURI’s committee voteing. We remebered that back In 2012 when the No to ACTA  movement was formed In Poland pe ople did it over social media so that’s where we started looping for any organised groups but coudn’t find any – so we […]

The internet is in great danger. Call to action! 19th of January!

We are Anonymous. The internet is in great danger. Soon important websites will be censored. Our free communication should be suppressed. We can only do something about it if we work together now get up. We have to prevent ACTA2. If we have nothing are our fundamental rights to freedom of expression and information nothing more valuable. Then these criminal governments have achieved their goal. So get up and join us. On the 19th of January we will be in major European cities to put the European Parliament in its place. Our fundamental rights are inviolable. We are waiting for […]

SACEM’s director general, Jean-Noël Tronc: We must remain engaged. Nothing has been decided yet

LINK DO WYWIADU PO POLSKU Directive on copyright law: We must remain engaged. Nothing has been decided yet (translated from French to English by Filip Gagnon) Paris- 18/09 Let’s not lose sight that the text (pertaining to the directive on copyright law) adopted (12/09/2018) is a compromise. Were it not so, it wouldn’t have been accepted. The Polish vice-minister with whom I exchanged was clear on it : if 100% of Polish eurodeputies didn’t vote against or fought the text in July 2018, it wasn’t only due to lobbying from Google, but also because the text was pushing further […]

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19 JENUARY 2019 PROTESTS IN NUMBERS!

Countries protesting
15
Cities protesting
24
People protesting so far
98300
Petition singed
4397054

ACTA2 Time table

  • 20th June 2018 - Vote of the Legal council JURI of the European Parliament - [passed]
  • 5th July 2018 (rejected): Parliament votes on the negotiation mandate
  • 12 September 2018 (passed): The Parliament gets a debate and a final vote on the issue before sending the dossier to the individual member states for a final decision. - [passed]
  • 13 December 2018: Trilogue negotiations between the European Commission, The Council of the European Union and the European Parliament - [currently ongoing]
  • Early 2019: Final vote on the issue in the European Parliament - [waiting for date]

EP – 12 September 2018 vote on ACTA2

MEP'S In favor for #ACTA2
58%
MEP'S obcjected #ACTA2
30%
. . . . . . . . . . MEP'S abstained from vote
5%
. . . . . . . . . . MEP'S absent
6%

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