ACTA: Please write to your MEP

Glyn is covering the subject in great detail, but I want to bring a simple summary for you. The deceptively-named Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement - ACTA - is being considered in the European Parliament on Wednesday, and your MEP needs to hear...

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Glyn is covering the subject in great detail, but I want to bring a simple summary for you. The deceptively-named Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement - ACTA - is being considered in the European Parliament on Wednesday, and your MEP needs to hear from you. Even if you've written before, today is the day to call or write again to say as an ICT professional that you're worried about the impact of ACTA on your industry and want him or her to vote against it.

ACTA may have clauses about a few reasonable things, but it is dominated by regressive ideas. While there are other problems - its impact on getting affordable drugs to African nations high among them - the notable one for this column is a framework for future laws that will make the copyright and patent reform open source so badly needs much harder. It will facilitate the lobbying efforts by the legacy corporations of the 20th century who depend on being copyright middlemen for the business and fear the realities of the Internet. It's a brake on progress for the meshed society.

To contact your MEP, take a look at the page the Open Rights Group has created. It summarises the key issues, and provides the phone numbers and e-mail addresses for your representatives. Alternatively, use Write To Them for an easier communications channel.

This matters and makes a difference - MEP David Martin reports the public reaction is already huge, and you can be part of it too. But you need to do it now.
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