Monday, April 12, 2010

Sign the Wellington Declaration!

On Saturday a group of activists gathered in Wellington to discuss the ACTA treaty - an agreement currently being negotiated in secret, supposedly about preventing counterfeiting, but (from leaked copies) really about copyright and cracking down on the internet. The result was the Wellington Declaration: a document calling for an open and transparent process and a treaty which respects existing rights to fair use and fair processes. Most importantly, it demands that disconnection - an effective denial of citizenship - not be imposed as a penalty for copyright infringement.

The Declaration is now open for public signature, and has so far been signed by over 1,300 people. You can add your name to the list here. The declaration and list of signatories (effectively a petition) will be presented to the government tomorrow morning.