What Can I Do?
Are you concerned about ACTA? Do you have questions? Are you wondering what you can do?
Firstly you can get informed by:
- reviewing the What Is ACTA? summary on this site
- reading the arguments for and against ACTA on this site
- reading Tech Liberty NZ's ACTA FAQ
- reading Michael Geist's many posts and summaries of ACTA so far
- following the Links to resources and news items
- reading the very comprehensive Wikipedia entry on ACTA
Secondly, you can take action:
- If you're a member of InternetNZ, the Internet Service Providers Association of NZ (ISPANZ), NZ Open Source Society, The Creative Freedom Foundation NZ, or Tech Liberty NZ you can discuss ACTA in their forums. A number of these organisations and others have made submissions on MED's 'Enforcement in the Digital Environment' paper.
- Write to your MP and call for increased transparency in any further IP related negotiations and international Trade Agreements including the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement which is currently being negotiated
- Get involved in discussions on the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement
New Zealand's (leaked) negotiating position was one of the most balanced and least hardline copyright protectionist of all the countries participating in ACTA. Remember this is largely because you, and people like you, stood up and made our government listen regards section 92A.
That doesn't mean that NZ was a powerful voice in these negotiations though, or will be in future similar Trade Agreements, or that NZ's representatives and our government don't need to understand your views. This is an opportunity to influence international norms regarding copyright and Internet freedom, at a critical time in history. People like you in other countries need us to be an example, to give them the confidence to make their governments listen too.