ACTA: to keep in mind

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This page lists key points to remember in any discussion about ACTA. It also provides information about the current procedure at the European Parliament.
To help us fight ACTA, visit our page How to act against ACTA.



Main arguments

  • ACTA turns Internet companies (ISPs, service providers) into a private copyright police by forcing to take legal responsibility for what their users do online.
  • ACTA brings broad and dangerous criminal sanctions in a loosely defined way.
  • ACTA bypasses democracy and opens the door to a parallel legislative process, which the European MPs should be particularly angry about.


You can learn more about ACTA and it's dangers to our freedom at http://lqdn.fr/acta

You should also read our counter-arguments to the Commission's disinformation about ACTA, it answers most arguments that you might encounter by those defending ACTA.

You can also read la Quadrature's analysis of ACTA's final version and see an overview of criticisms against ACTA.

EDRi has also done a series of fact-sheets about specific aspects of ACTA: http://www.edri.org/ACTA_Week


The following resources are helpful in better understanding ACTA:


Procedure at the European Parliament

Most countries negotiating ACTA have already signed it, as well as most EU Member States.

But ACTA still needs to be presented to the European Parliament (EP) and if the European Parliament votes NO to ACTA and rejects it, this will deal a likely fatal blow to the agreement.

Before ACTA goes to vote before the whole of the European Parliament, several EP committees will be giving their opinion on the text, guiding the EP's final stance on ACTA.
This is why as citizens we must contact members of these committees to make sure they hear all about what is wrong with ACTA.

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  1. The International Trade INTA Committee of the European Parliament is the main committee working on ACTA.
  2. The Industry (ITRE), Civil Liberties (LIBE), Legal Affairs (JURI), and Development (DEVE) committees are also working on ACTA. They will first vote on their opinions after holding “exchange of views” on draft reports in the coming weeks.
  3. Opinions will then be sent to INTA to influence its final report, which will recommend the EU Parliament as a whole to reject or accept ACTA.
  4. The final, plenary vote by the EU Parliament on ACTA should be held no sooner than June.

The contents of INTA's report are therefore very important, and we need to make sure it reflects European citizens' legitimate concern about ACTA.

For more detailed information about the ACTA procedure in the European system, please see the procedure file.