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Date: Thu, 9 Feb 2012 20:11:50 +0000
From: Fight For The Future <i...@fightforthefuture.org>
Subject: Help the protests this Saturday
Together, we beat SOPA in a huge victory for internet freedom. But
this Saturday, internet freedom protests are breaking out in over 200
cities across Europe. Why?
Because the companies behind SOPA are using international trade
agreements as a backdoor to pass SOPA-style laws
SOPA's supporters are pushing two agreements: ACTA and TPP1. ACTA
would criminalize users, encourage internet providers to spy on you,
and make it easier for media companies to sue sites out of existence
and jail their founders. Sound familiar? That's right, ACTA is from
the same playbook as SOPA, but global. Plus it didn't even have to
pass through Congress2.
TPP goes even farther than ACTA, and the process has been even more
secretive and corrupt. Last weekend (we wish this was a joke) trade
negotiators partied with MPAA (pro-SOPA) lobbyists before secret
negotiations in a Hollywood hotel, while public interest groups were
barred from meeting in the same building.3
Trade agreements are a gaping loophole, a secretive backdoor track
that--even though it creates new laws--is miles removed from
democracy. Trade negotiators are unelected and unaccountable, so these
agreements have been very hard for internet rights groups to stop.
But now the tide is turning. Fueled by the movement to stop SOPA,
anti-ACTA protests are breaking out across the EU, which hasn't
ratified ACTA. The protests are having an impact: leaders in Poland,
the Czech Republic, and Slovakia have backtracked on ACTA.4 Now a
massive round of street protests in over 200 cities is planned for this
Saturday February 11th.
We're planning an online protest this Saturday to support the protests
in the streets. Why? Because together we can drive millions of emails
to key decision makers--and start tipping the scales like we did on
Can you take part? Click here to get the code to run on your site!
We just built an ACTA & TPP contact tool, and it's not just a
petition. It's code for your site that figures out the visitor's
country and lets them email all their Members of European
Parliament--the politicians who will be voting on ACTA in June--or the
trade negotiators behind TPP. This direct contact between voters and
their officials, driven by websites of all sizes, was instrumental in
the fight against SOPA.
We can use the same tactics to defeat ACTA & TPP, but we need your help!
Support the street protests with a flood of emails to the officials
responsible for ACTA & TPP. Get the code for your website!
Don't have a website? Tell officials in your country to scrap ACTA &
TPP! And spread the word about Saturday's protests!
This is going to be tough fight. But we need to make secretive trade
agreements harder to pass than US law. If we don't, our internet's
future belongs to the lobbyists behind SOPA.
This is just the beginning,
--Holmes Wilson, Tiffiniy Cheng, Joshua Blount & the whole Fight for
the Future team.
P.S. This map of ACTA street protests in Europe is amazing. The largest
has almost 50,000 RSVP's!
1. For more information on ACTA, read these excellent articles from
Techdirt (http://is.gd/DDpmwZ) and La Quadrature du Net
(http://is.gd/egOwmF). For information on TPP, read this Ars Technica
piece (http://is.gd/52jGrj). For video, watch this
2. Obama's signing of ACTA may have been unconstitutional. See
Anti-counterfeiting agreement raises constitutional concerns
(http://is.gd/afl8ad) and Techdirt (http://is.gd/oT6BWT).
3. Hollywood gets to party with TPP negotiators, public interest groups
get thrown out of the hotel (http://is.gd/utoecM).
4. Ars Technica: Czech, Slovak governments backing away from ACTA, too