Stop ACTA & TPP: Tell your country's officials: NEVER use secretive trade agreements to meddle with the Internet. Our freedoms depend on it!

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Tiffiniy from Fight for the Future sez,

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 SOPA.

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.




  1. This is really great. I’d been wanting to write my MEPs but I didn’t really know what to write since I don’t know the ins and outs of ACTA by heart. Emails sent.

  2. Letter sent and personalized.
    Oh and to anyone else personalizing their submission I suggest placing it before the form text if you include that as well (I did). Just in case the recipients get deluged with these. I’d assume that any text added beneath the form letter text would never be seen.

    As always, thank you, Cory, for keeping folks informed about the copyfight and the ongoing war to keep the bloody internet open and uncensored.

    1. This is great.  Love how easy it is to just put in your email address and click the button.  This should REALLY hit them hard.  Thanks, Cory!!!

  3. I received a wonderful canned response from senator about TPP.  He totally ignored my concerns then went on and on about it will help small business in America.

  4. For artists and creators in Japan, many of whom build their careers on parodies of existing work, it has dire implications. So much of the “Heisei” culture of Japan has sprung to life from the Internet… TPP will make things like Niconico, Hatsune Miku, Doujinshi (books and goods made by fans based on other otaku culture) and other creative collaborations impossible. 

    All so the oligarchs can have a few more gold plated SUVs. Slay this thing in it’s sleep.

  5. I am continually disgusted, though no longer surprised, by the slimy tactics corporations will use to push their narrow agendas. It’s time and well past time to directly limit corporate influence over democracy.

  6. Form doesn’t seem to check and give an error if there’s a blank email field – they might be getting a bunch of emails with no return email.

  7. So did Harper…and that pompous petro-czar now wants to pass Bill C-11 to criminalize dissent on the Internet  Here is an anti C-11 Petition link:

    Send a letter link, too! (read below) :

    Subject: Stop Online Spying
    Attn: Minister of Justice Rob Nicholson
    Attn: Prime Minister Stephen Harper
    Attn: Public Safety Minister Vic Toews

    We oppose mandatory Internet surveillance. This scheme is poorly thought out, costly, and will leave our personal information less secure. Unchecked mass surveillance is a breach of our fundamental right to privacy.

    ps: another tar sands free zone

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