Сред подписалите първото писмо е и Българската асоциация на музикалните продуценти. В писмото се казва, че „през последните две седмици сме свидетели на координирани атаки срещу демократичните институции“ и „ACTA е за доброто на Европа“.
Второто писмо, изпълнено с обяснения за ползите от ACTA върху европейската икономика, е придружено с предупреждение, че съдържанието му е поверително, а разпространението му може да е незаконно.
Dear Member of the European Parliament,
Over the past two weeks, we have seen coordinated attacks on democratic institutions such as the European Parliament and national governments over ACTA. The signatories to this letter and their members stand against such attempts to silence the democratic process. Instead, we call for a calm and reasoned assessment of the facts rather than the misinformation circulating. A considered reaction is more important than ever at a time when many outside of Europe doubt the ability of the European Union institutions and its Member State governments to act together.
The signatories of this letter represent thousands of European companies of all sizes and millions of workers in dozens of sectors crucial to the European economy, which are eager to get Europe out of the current economic crisis by promoting innovation and growth-enhancing measures. We are all dependent on intellectual property.
ACTA is good for Europe. Without changing EU law, it establishes common procedures for dealing with IPR infringements across countries accounting for 50% of world trade. The framework set up by ACTA will have a positive impact on protecting Europe’s industries, jobs and people. ACTA will have no negative consequences as it does not depart from EU law – as confirmed by two opinions of the European Parliament’s Legal Service as well as the European Commission. It is important to show that Europe is united and has trust in its institutions and government processes. That is why ACTA is supported by all the organisations and companies below, as well as 22 European Member States who joined the EU in the first step towards ratification.
We therefore urge you to focus on the facts and not the misinformation and to support ACTA. ACTA is an international cooperation project that will protect Europe’s rights and people and will confirm the EU’s global importance as a responsible trading partner. For Europe to have a successful knowledge economy and manufacturing base it must protect its workers, creators and the innovations of its manufacturers and industries abroad. The ACTA treaty sends an important message to third countries and to Europe’s workforce that our rights must be protected in practice, and that Europe will not fall behind other countries in this regard. This is a crucial moment for Europe’s governments and institutions in their effort to safeguard Europe’s jobs and economic future. Failure to do so will irrevocably affect Europe’s credibility as a trusted global trade partner.
We thank you for your support on this crucial issue:
ACG – Anti-Counterfeiting Group
Alliance Against IP Theft
ANDEMA – Spanish Association for Defence of the Trademark
AIM – European Brands Association
APM – Aktionskreis Deutsche Wirtschaftgegen Produkt – Und Markenpiraterie
AFP – Associacao Fonografica Portugesa
AGPP – Association of Greek Producers of Phonograms
BAMP – Bulgarian Association of Music Producers
BASCAP – Business Action to Stop Counterfeiting and Piracy
BBB – Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels
BEA – Belgian Entertainment AssociationBIEM – Mechanical Rights Societies
BPI – British Phonographic Industry
BREIN – Protection Rights Entertainment Industry Netherlands
BVA – British Video Association
BVMI – Bundesverband Musikindustrie
CIPR – Coalition for Intellectual Property Rights
EACA – European Association of Communications Agencies
ECTA – European Communities Trademark Association
EPC – European Publishers Council
EURATEX-European Apparel and Textile Confederation
EUROCINEMA – Association of Film and Television Producers
FAMA – Fachverband der Film- und Musikindustrie
FEP-FEE – Federation of European Publishers/Fédération des éditeurs européens
FESI – Federation of the European Sporting Goods Industry
FIAPF – Fédération Internationale des Associations de Producteurs de Films
FIAD – International Federation of Film Distributors Associations
FIMI – Federazione Industria Musicale Italiana
GESAC – European Authors and Composers Societies
IFPI – Representing the Recording Industry Worldwide
INDICAM – Instituto di Centramarca per la lotta Contraffazione
INTA – International Trademark Association
IRMA – Irish Recorded Music Association
ISFE – Interactive Software Federation of Europe
IVF – International Video Federation
MAHASZ – Magyar Hanglemezkiadók Szövetsége
MARKENVERBAND – German Branded Businesses Association
NVPI – Nederlandse Vereniging van Producenten en Importeurs van beeld
SACG – Swedish Anti-Counterfeiting Group
TIE – Toy Industries of Europe
TABD – Trans-Atlantic Business Dialogue
TUOTOS – Finnish Audiovisual Producers
UNIFAB – Union des Fabricants
VKE – German Cosmetics Manufacturers
More organisations being added
Dear Member of the European Parliament
Please see the attached letter from industry representatives throughout Europe.
Protection and enforcement of intellectual property (IP) rights are among the longstanding priorities of the European Commission, with the support of the EU Parliament. For example, this support was expressed in Parliament’s strong vote adopting the Gallo Report on Enforcement of IP Rights in the Internal Market.
Since the Commission launched its Green Paper on Combating Counterfeiting & Piracy in the Single Market in 1998 (COM(98)569) which was welcomed by the EU Parliament and stakeholders, and then presented its Action Plan in 2000, new challenges have been posed, both by the exponential growth of the internet and by the increasing sophistication of the serious organised criminals who control and benefit from the trade in fakes.
IP is the bedrock for the EU’s economic growth and job markets, fostering innovation and protecting consumers, who can trust the legitimate brands and products they recognise. A truly harmonised global approach to its protection, which is the basis for ACTA, is now essential as counterfeiting and piracy networks continue to expand globally, without concern for borders, laws or regulations.
The basic aim of ACTA is to establish a new global level of IPR enforcement to combat the worldwide threat of IP crime (counterfeiting and piracy) which will also benefit developing countries:
The many scaremongering stories and false claims are unfounded, and much has been made of the fact that negotiations have been conducted ‘in secret’. But trade agreements are always conducted confidentially, for the obvious reason that to do otherwise would hamper the negotiation, by risking premature or unwarranted disclosures.
Some of the main features to commend to you are:
Some points to note:
Thanks to our IP framework consumers can now access products and content how and when they want – with that same framework rewarding the efforts of those who invest in and create the content. But trust and confidence are also essential for the successful development of commercial, creative and consumer interests on the internet. ACTA will add a crucial level of protection and support, both for member states, and for third countries where, for some, a higher standard of IPR enforcement is urgently needed.
Please help to ensure that the balance reached in the Gallo report
is furthered by the ratification of ACTA, to encourage growth, competitiveness
and innovation to flourish, while providing necessary protection
for legitimate business, consumers and rights holders alike
For more information about ACTA please visit the DG TRADE website
For more information about the Anti-Counterfeiting Group
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