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=Contact your Elected Representatives=
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= Contact your Elected Representatives =
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Contacting your Elected Representatives is the most useful thing you can do right now, and until the final vote in the European Parliament.
 
Contacting your Elected Representatives is the most useful thing you can do right now, and until the final vote in the European Parliament.
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To get a clear view of the parliamentary process, visit our page [[ACTA: Procedure in the European Parliament]].<br /><br />
  
<big>'''We need to act at each step of the parliamentary process in the European Parliament.'''</big>
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<big>'''We need to act at each step of the parliamentary process in the European Parliament. Each of these steps is an occasion for us to make ourselves heard against ACTA.'''</big>
<big>'''Each of these steps is an occasion for us to make ourselves heard against ACTA.'''</big>
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<!--This week, from the 27th of Feb to the 1st of March, it is an '''[https://www.laquadrature.net/en/acta-week-in-the-eu-parliament-meps-must-act ACTA week] in the European Parliament'''. It's a perfect opportunity to contact MEPs!<br/>
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This week, from the 27th of Feb to the 1st of March, it is an '''[https://www.laquadrature.net/en/acta-week-in-the-eu-parliament-meps-must-act ACTA week] in the European Parliament'''. It's a perfect opportunity to contact MEPs!<br/>
 
This weeks' key events (as a [https://laquadrature.net/files/20120227_Europarl_ACTA_week_calendar.pdf .pdf], and in [https://laquadrature.net/files/20120227_Europarl_ACTA_week_calendar.ics .ics]) :
 
This weeks' key events (as a [https://laquadrature.net/files/20120227_Europarl_ACTA_week_calendar.pdf .pdf], and in [https://laquadrature.net/files/20120227_Europarl_ACTA_week_calendar.ics .ics]) :
 
* <s>mar 28 fév, 11:30: Press Conference by [https://www.laquadrature.net/en/will-the-new-acta-rapporteur-stand-for-citizens-freedoms David Martin] [http://events.europarl.europa.eu (video)]</s>
 
* <s>mar 28 fév, 11:30: Press Conference by [https://www.laquadrature.net/en/will-the-new-acta-rapporteur-stand-for-citizens-freedoms David Martin] [http://events.europarl.europa.eu (video)]</s>
 
* <s>mar 28 fév, 15:00: [https://memopol.lqdn.fr/europe/parliament/committee/ITRE/ ITRE] Committee exchange of views on ACTA</s>
 
* <s>mar 28 fév, 15:00: [https://memopol.lqdn.fr/europe/parliament/committee/ITRE/ ITRE] Committee exchange of views on ACTA</s>
 
* <s>mer 29 fév, 17:00: [https://memopol.lqdn.fr/europe/parliament/committee/INTA/ INTA] Committee meeting</s>
 
* <s>mer 29 fév, 17:00: [https://memopol.lqdn.fr/europe/parliament/committee/INTA/ INTA] Committee meeting</s>
* jeu 1er mars, 15:00: [[Workshop_INTA_on_ACTA|INTA workshop]] on ACTA-->
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* jeu 1er mars, 15:00: [[Workshop_INTA_on_ACTA|INTA workshop]] on ACTA
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To get a clear view of the parliamentary process, visit our page '''[[ACTA: Procedure in the European Parliament]]'''.
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To be informed about the next steps to urge Members of the European Parliament to reject ACTA, send a blank email to [mailto:NOtoACTA-subscribe@laquadrature.net NOtoACTA-subscribe@laquadrature.net] to subscribe to our list (we won't use your email for anything else).
 
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To be informed about the next steps to urge Members of the European Parliament to reject ACTA, send a blank email to [mailto:NOtoACTA-subscribe@laquadrature.net NOtoACTA-subscribe@laquadrature.net] to subscribe to our list. <small>We won't use your email for anything else.</small>
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For more detailed information about the ACTA procedure in the European system, please see the [http://www.europarl.europa.eu/oeil/file.jsp?id=5924982 procedure file].-->
 
For more detailed information about the ACTA procedure in the European system, please see the [http://www.europarl.europa.eu/oeil/file.jsp?id=5924982 procedure file].-->
  
==Who to contact==
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== How to? ==
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To easily get in touch with the right Members of the European Parliament, you can use our [http://piphone.lqdn.fr PiPhone]. This tool will connected to a Elected Representatives free of charge. If you enter your country, you will be connected to an MEP speaking your language.
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You also can use [http://www.politicalmemory.eu/ Political Memory] to get the contact details of a precise MEP.
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== Who to contact? ==
 
Several EP committees are responsible for producing reports that will be put to vote along with the vote on ACTA as a whole.
 
Several EP committees are responsible for producing reports that will be put to vote along with the vote on ACTA as a whole.
  
'''You can contact each of these committees:'''
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You can call each of the committees below to tell to them what you think of ACTA, and that you want their report to convey your opinion as a citizen and to recommend the rejection of the agreement.
*[https://memopol.lqdn.fr/europe/parliament/committee/INTA/ INTA committee]
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*[https://memopol.lqdn.fr/europe/parliament/committee/ITRE/ ITRE committee]
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*[https://memopol.lqdn.fr/europe/parliament/committee/LIBE/ LIBE committee]
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*[https://memopol.lqdn.fr/europe/parliament/committee/JURI/ JURI committee]
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*[https://memopol.lqdn.fr/europe/parliament/committee/DEVE/ DEVE committee]
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* [https://piphone.lqdn.fr/campaign/go/acta-inta-201204 Call MEPs] from the "International trade" committee ([https://memopol.lqdn.fr/europe/parliament/committee/INTA/ INTA]) and tell them why they must recommend the EU Parliament to [http://www.laquadrature.net/wiki/Counter-Arguments_Against_ACTA reject ACTA].
We must ensure they convey all the crucial issues raised by ACTA. Call their members and tell what you think of ACTA and that you want their report to convey your opinion as a citizen.
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* [https://piphone.lqdn.fr/campaign/go/acta-libe-201204 Call MEPs] from the "Civil Liberties" committee ([https://memopol.lqdn.fr/europe/parliament/committee/LIBE/ LIBE]) to tell them [http://www.laquadrature.net/wiki/Civil_Liberties_Arguments_Against_ACTA why ACTA undermines fundamental freedoms].
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* [https://piphone.lqdn.fr/campaign/go/acta-itre-201204 Call MEPs] from the "Industry" committee ([https://memopol.lqdn.fr/europe/parliament/committee/ITRE/ ITRE]) and tell them how [http://www.laquadrature.net/wiki/Industrial_Policy_Arguments_Against_ACTA ACTA would undermine growth and innovation].
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* [https://piphone.lqdn.fr/campaign/go/acta-deve-201204 Call MEPs] from the "Development" committee ([https://memopol.lqdn.fr/europe/parliament/committee/DEVE/ DEVE]) and remind them that [http://www.laquadrature.net/wiki/Development_Arguments_Against_ACTA ACTA was designed against the interests of developing countries].
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* [https://piphone.lqdn.fr/campaign/go/acta-juri-201204 Call MEPs] from the "Legal Affairs" committee ([https://memopol.lqdn.fr/europe/parliament/committee/JURI/ JURI]) to tell them [http://www.laquadrature.net/wiki/Legal_Arguments_Against_ACTA how ACTA would impact EU law].
  
'''You will find specific arguments for each committee here:'''
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*[[Civil Liberties Arguments Against ACTA|LIBE]]
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*[[Industrial Policy Arguments Against ACTA|ITRE]]
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You can also contact members of the [https://memopol.lqdn.fr/europe/parliament/committee/LIBE/ LIBE committee], [https://memopol.lqdn.fr/europe/parliament/committee/ITRE/ ITRE committee], [https://memopol.lqdn.fr/europe/parliament/committee/JURI/ JURI committee] and [https://memopol.lqdn.fr/europe/parliament/committee/DEVE/ DEVE committee] committees to explain to them the many issues about ACTA and influence their respective reports.
*[[Development Arguments Against ACTA|DEVE]]
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*[[Legal Arguments Against ACTA|JURI]]
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<!--You can also contact members of the [https://memopol.lqdn.fr/europe/parliament/committee/LIBE/ LIBE committee], [https://memopol.lqdn.fr/europe/parliament/committee/ITRE/ ITRE committee], [https://memopol.lqdn.fr/europe/parliament/committee/JURI/ JURI committee] and [https://memopol.lqdn.fr/europe/parliament/committee/DEVE/ DEVE committee] committees to explain to them the many issues about ACTA and influence their respective reports.-->
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'''Focus your calls on members of the political groups that so far has been the most supportive of ACTA:
 
'''Focus your calls on members of the political groups that so far has been the most supportive of ACTA:
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*[https://memopol.lqdn.fr/europe/parliament/group/ALDE/ ALDE]  
 
*[https://memopol.lqdn.fr/europe/parliament/group/ALDE/ ALDE]  
 
*[https://memopol.lqdn.fr/europe/parliament/group/ECR/ ECR]'''
 
*[https://memopol.lqdn.fr/europe/parliament/group/ECR/ ECR]'''
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On each of the many steps of the parliamentary procedure, we need to be '''as many as possible to call the Members of the European Parliament so they understand how important it is to European citizens that ACTA is rejected, and why it is so dangerous'''.
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== General advice ==
  
==Call MEPs easily, free of charge: PiPhone==
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Key arguments are listed on our page [[ACTA:_to_keep_in_mind|ACTA: to keep in mind]].
To easily get in touch with the right Members of the European Parliament, you can use our [http://piphone.lqdn.fr PiPhone].
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You can enter your phone number in the PiPhone webpage and be called back (free of charge) and connected to a Member of the European Parliament.
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If you enter your contry, you will be connected to an MEP from your country, and speaking your language.
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* [https://piphone.lqdn.fr/campaign/go/acta-inta-201204 Call MEPs] from the "International trade" committee (INTA) and tell them why they must recommend the EU Parliament to [http://www.laquadrature.net/wiki/Counter-Arguments_Against_ACTA reject ACTA].
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The MEPs have been given a “fact-sheet” on ACTA's supposed inoffensiveness to reassure concerned citizens (that's you). You can find a [[Counter-Arguments_Against_ACTA|debunking of these lies here]].
* [https://piphone.lqdn.fr/campaign/go/acta-libe-201204 Call MEPs] from the "Civil Liberties" committee (LIBE) to tell them [http://www.laquadrature.net/wiki/Civil_Liberties_Arguments_Against_ACTA why ACTA undermines fundamental freedoms].
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* [https://piphone.lqdn.fr/campaign/go/acta-itre-201204 Call MEPs] from the "Industry" committee (ITRE) and tell them how [http://www.laquadrature.net/wiki/Industrial_Policy_Arguments_Against_ACTA ACTA would undermine growth and innovation].
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* [https://piphone.lqdn.fr/campaign/go/acta-deve-201204 Call MEPs] from the "Development" committee (DEVE) and remind them that [http://www.laquadrature.net/wiki/Development_Arguments_Against_ACTAACTA was designed against the interests of developing countries].
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* [https://piphone.lqdn.fr/campaign/go/acta-juri-201204 Call MEPs] from the "Legal Affairs" committee (JURI) to tell them [http://www.laquadrature.net/wiki/Legal_Arguments_Against_ACTA how ACTA would impact EU law].
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The PiPhone makes calling MEPs very easy, and is a great solution for those who can't afford to make international phone calls to Belgium.
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* If a question to which you don't have the answer comes up, don't panic. You are not expected to be an expert, only a concerned citizen. Tell the MEP you will research the answer and call back with more information, and come and [[#Contacting_us|ask us]].
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* If you're still not comfortable with the arguments, don't give up. Ask what is the MEP's position on ACTA, and ask what are their arguments.
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* During your calls, you will speak most of the time to a Parliamentary assistant. They are generally polite and intelligent people, approach them accordingly. Being calm and courteous, tell them about your concerns, asking them to take part in the parliamentary debates and to take a stand against ACTA.
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* Don't forget to let us a little feedback of your call, either on the PiPhone, or by [[#Contacting_us|contacting us]]. That's very useful for us.
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* In general, don't hesitate to offer to call back with more information, to meet the MEP, to send documents, references, etc.
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* Sometimes, Parliamentary assistants will ask you to send an e-mail. Don't hesitate to call back later to check if they've read it and what they thought of it.
  
==General advice on contacting MEPs==
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If you are still uncomfortable, you can find an [[How to act against ACTA: example phone call|example phone call here]].
  
'''Key arguments are listed on our page [[ACTA:_to_keep_in_mind|ACTA: to keep in mind]]'''.
 
 
The MEPs have been given a “fact-sheet” on ACTA's supposed inoffensiveness to reassure concerned citizens (that's you). You can find a '''[[Counter-Arguments_Against_ACTA|debunking of these lies here]].'''
 
 
<big>'''If a question to which you don't have the answer comes up, don't panic. You are not expected to be an expert, only a concerned citizen.'''</big><br/>
 
Tell the MEP you will research the answer and call back with more information, and come and [[#Contacting_us|ask us]].
 
If you're still not comfortable with the arguments, don't give up. Ask what is the MEP's position on ACTA, and ask what are their arguments.
 
 
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'''The main points are''':
 
'''The main points are''':
 
*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 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 loosely defined way.
 
*ACTA brings broad and dangerous criminal sanctions in loosely defined way.
*ACTA bypasses democracy and opens the door to a parallel legislative process, which the European MPs should be particularly angry about.-->
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*ACTA bypasses democracy and opens the door to a parallel legislative process, which the European MPs should be particularly angry about.
 
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'''How to call:'''<br/>
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#First of all, get comfortable with the arguments (don't hesitate to try them out on your friends, your family etc.).
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#Select a MEP representing you from the ones of the Committees working on ACTA (currently the [https://memopol.lqdn.fr/europe/parliament/committee/INTA/ INTA Committee]) and dial their number.<br/>When you call, you will most likely reach a parliamentary assistant, they are usually bright and polite people, treat them accordingly.
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#Being polite and calm, tell them about your concerns, asking them to take part in the parliamentary debates and to take a stand against ACTA.
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#Rinse and repeat: pick another MEP's number and call them.
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#Report back your call and the MEP's position to [[#Contacting_us|La Quadrature]] (It helps target specific MEPs during the campaign).
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In general, don't hesitate to offer to call back with more information, to meet the MEP, to send documents, references, etc.<br/>
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Sometimes, Parliamentary assistants will ask you to send an e-mail. Don't hesitate to call back later to check if they've read it and what they thought of it.
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See an [[How to act against ACTA: example phone call|example phone call]] of how a conversation with an MEP assistant might go.
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=Spread the message=
 
=Spread the message=

Revision as of 17:27, 13 April 2012


This page lists different ways to take action against ACTA right now and to learn more about this dangerous agreement.




Logo ACTA
ACTA is a multi-lateral trade agreement which threatens to change the Internet as we know it and puts fundamental freedoms at risk.

The European Parliament will vote on ACTA and still has the occasion to reject it once and for all.
You will find on this page different ways you can act to defeat ACTA as a citizen.

As a citizen, the main two things to do are:

  • contacting Members of the European Parliament
  • helping spread the word about ACTA.


Contact your Elected Representatives

ACTA handcuffed world

Contacting your Elected Representatives is the most useful thing you can do right now, and until the final vote in the European Parliament. To get a clear view of the parliamentary process, visit our page ACTA: Procedure in the European Parliament.

We need to act at each step of the parliamentary process in the European Parliament. Each of these steps is an occasion for us to make ourselves heard against ACTA.


To be informed about the next steps to urge Members of the European Parliament to reject ACTA, send a blank email to NOtoACTA-subscribe@laquadrature.net to subscribe to our list (we won't use your email for anything else).

How to?

To easily get in touch with the right Members of the European Parliament, you can use our PiPhone. This tool will connected to a Elected Representatives free of charge. If you enter your country, you will be connected to an MEP speaking your language.

You also can use Political Memory to get the contact details of a precise MEP.

Who to contact?

Several EP committees are responsible for producing reports that will be put to vote along with the vote on ACTA as a whole.

You can call each of the committees below to tell to them what you think of ACTA, and that you want their report to convey your opinion as a citizen and to recommend the rejection of the agreement.


General advice

Key arguments are listed on our page ACTA: to keep in mind.

The MEPs have been given a “fact-sheet” on ACTA's supposed inoffensiveness to reassure concerned citizens (that's you). You can find a debunking of these lies here.

  • If a question to which you don't have the answer comes up, don't panic. You are not expected to be an expert, only a concerned citizen. Tell the MEP you will research the answer and call back with more information, and come and ask us.
  • If you're still not comfortable with the arguments, don't give up. Ask what is the MEP's position on ACTA, and ask what are their arguments.
  • During your calls, you will speak most of the time to a Parliamentary assistant. They are generally polite and intelligent people, approach them accordingly. Being calm and courteous, tell them about your concerns, asking them to take part in the parliamentary debates and to take a stand against ACTA.
  • Don't forget to let us a little feedback of your call, either on the PiPhone, or by contacting us. That's very useful for us.
  • In general, don't hesitate to offer to call back with more information, to meet the MEP, to send documents, references, etc.
  • Sometimes, Parliamentary assistants will ask you to send an e-mail. Don't hesitate to call back later to check if they've read it and what they thought of it.

If you are still uncomfortable, you can find an example phone call here.


Spread the message

Another important and complimentary way to act against ACTA is to inform people, making sure as many people as possible know about ACTA and how bad it is. It may sound obvious, but people can only want to act against ACTA if they are aware of its dangers.

You can spread resources by La Quadrature du Net and other, far and wide:

  • your personal spaces on the Internet (personal blogs, social networks, micro-blogging platforms)
  • mailing lists,
  • email,
  • forums
  • any other mean :)

Refer people to la Quadrature's webdossier on ACTA

Show people the NO to ACTA video

  • You can embed the video everywhere:
    • Use the following html code to insert the main version of the video
<iframe src="http://mediakit.laquadrature.net/embed/716?size=medium" 
style="width: 640px; height: 500px; border: 0; overflow: hidden"></iframe>
    • Or go to this page to find the code to embed other versions of the video in English, and to this page to embed versions in French.
    • To embed the Spanish subtitled version of the video for example, use this code:
<iframe src="http://mediakit.laquadrature.net/embed/716?size=medium&sub=es_ES" 
style="width: 640px; height: 500px; border: 0; overflow: hidden"></iframe>

The videos are released under a permissive and freedom-granting Creative Commons licence, so you don't have to ask to use them. :)

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Use, share, remix the NO to ACTA flyer

Use our No to ACTA flyer for demonstrations, informative actions, and share it, remix it and help translate it!

Use your own words, pictures, sounds to talk about ACTA

Creating more creative bits and art and expressing oneself is another powerful way to inform other people.

The power of image and creativity to explain and touch people is very strong, so this is a great way to act against ACTA if you enjoy writing, drawing, painting, making music, etc.

Here are some ideas:

  • Write an article on your blog,
  • Write an article for your school, college/university or company newspaper
  • Write to your newspapers asking why they aren't talking more about ACTA and telling them about ACTA
  • Create more videos, films, pictures, paintings against either the whole of ACTA or specific parts of the agreement
    • For instance, you can create banners, buttons, illustrations against ACTA (using images from the videos if you want) that others can use in their signatures, as avatars, to illustrate their blog articles, newspaper articles, etc.
    • If you do so, please post a link to your banner here.
  • Remix and transform already produced material, and give it a new life.
    • For instance, to the right here is a cool infographics remix of the NO to ACTA video with RoboCopyright ACTA.

More Ways to help

Organise events

  • Organise public events at your school, university, work place, etc.
    • Organise a discussion about ACTA, linking it to your classes or your activity
    • Show the NO to ACTA video

Publicly take a stand

  • If you are part of an NGO, consider having it publicly denounce ACTA, and telling your members about ACTA's dangers.
  • Contact well-known persons, celebrities or NGOs and ask them to take a stand.

Support la Quadrature du Net

If you can afford it, financial support is of course greatly appreciated.

You can make a donation to help La Quadrature keep on fighting ACTA and act on the other dossiers it works on.

http://lqdn.fr/support

Translate this page into your language

To help other people from different parts of the world act against ACTA, you can help translate this page.

Remember to always use the English version as the source for your translation, as it is the most up to date version. If you do so, remember to update the translated version often enough.

For collaborative translation and easy proofreading and correction, you can use an EtherPad such as http://pad.lqdn.fr/p/How-to-act-against-ACTA-LANGUAGE

ie: https://pad.lqdn.fr/p/How_to_act_against_ACTA_es

Once translated, create a new page on the wiki with your translated text, and add a link to your language to the top of this page.
(You need an account to create a page on the wiki, open editing is disabled for spam protection.)

Contacting us

If in doubt or if you have any remaining question, don't hesitate to contact us :

Thanks for your help everyone :)
Together, we can do amazing things! Like defeat ACTA!