12 Feb '12, 5am

Protests erupt across Europe against web piracy treaty, of which Singapore is a signee

BERLIN - Tens of thousands of protesters took part in rallies across Europe yesterday against an international anti-piracy agreement they fear will curb their freedom to download movies and music for free and encourage Internet surveillance. More than 25,000 demonstrators braved freezing temperatures in German cities to march against the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) while 4,000 Bulgarians in Sofia rallied against the agreement designed to strengthen the legal framework for intellectual property rights. There were thousands more - mostly young - demonstrators at other high-spirited rallies despite snow and freezing temperatures in cities including Warsaw, Prague, Slovakia, Bucharest, Vilnius, Paris, Brussels and Dublin. "We don't feel safe anymore. The Internet was one of the few places where we could act freely," said Ms Monica Tepelus, a 26-year-old programm...

Full article: http://www.todayonline.com/World/EDC120212-0000038/Protes...

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