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Stop ACTA in Europe

by John Sullivan Contributions Published on Jan 26, 2012 01:06 PM
We've been hearing a lot lately about SOPA and PIPA in the United States. In the meantime, ACTA has been creeping along under the radar.

In 2010, thousands of people signed our firm statement against ACTA. Despite loud opposition around the world, the treaty continues to move forward.

Today it was signed in Japan by the EU and its member states. But it's not over yet. ACTA can still be rejected by the European Parliament. And rejection is a real possibility. Hats off to the thousands of people who already gathered in Warsaw this morning to protest!

ORG has more background and advice on what to do next. If you're in Europe, please read, ACTA: signed, not yet sealed - now it's up to us, and contact your country's MEPs. The ones who are members of the Development Committee are especially important to contact.

If you're not in Europe, please help spread the word to people who are. Defeating it in Europe is the first step to ending it once and for all.

For a refresher on why ACTA threatens free software, see http://www.fsf.org/campaigns/acta.

Thank you for speaking up,
John, Josh, and Matt

P.S. We're closing in on the end of our fundraiser. We're aiming to raise $300,000 to do more work promoting free software and responding to global threats against it (like ACTA). If you haven't made a donation yet, please help us raise the remaining $43,050 we need before January 31st by chipping in at https://fsf.org/join. You can read more about all the work we've been doing at http://www.fsf.org/appeal/2011.

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