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[News] MAFIAA Buys New Laws, ACTA Unsealed at Meeting

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Distorted amendment 138 tries to present graduated response as legal

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| The Council of EU is trying to reintroduce a distorted version of amendment 
| 138 to “Telecoms Package”1. It could be interpreted by the archaic industries 
| promoting "graduated response" as authorizing any administrative authority to 
| order restrictions on fundamental rights and freedom. Such a legalization of 
| parallel administrative justice, comparable to the French “graduated 
| response” is unacceptable. The European Parliament must strongly reject this 
| huge threat to EU citizen's freedom.      


ACTA Stakeholders' Consultation Meeting 

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| Directorate General for Trade of the European Commission is organising a 
| meeting to inform and consult interested parties about the negotiation of a 
| plurilateral Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA).  
| The goal of ACTA is to provide an improved framework for countries committed 
| to intellectual property protection, in view of effectively addressing the 
| challenges of IPR infringement today.  



The RIAA vs. 19 Year Old Cancer Patient

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| Among the RIAA's latest targets in its campaign to sue its customer base into
| submission is a 19-year-old cancer patient. Ciaro Sauro was ruled a music
| pirate after failing to defend herself in court against charges from the RIAA
| that she was sharing music files online. Ms. Sauro has said she couldn't
| defend herself as she is hospitalized once a week, and vehemently denies the
| allegations that she is a pirate.


RIAA Sued For Racketeering Yet Again

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| A few people have filed lawsuits against the RIAA for racketeering in the
| past, though these charges have always been dismissed. In one such case,
| where the filed charges were dismissed over the summer, new claims were filed
| again charging the RIAA with racketeering for extortion, mail fraud and wire
| fraud in its ongoing efforts involving weakly supported threats against
| alleged file sharers demanding money to avoid being sued.

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