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It appears that English speakers are now able to access most of in English, just in time for the end of year sales.

Knowing only English and French, I had used Amazon UK and Amazon France for years for the German CDs and DVDs I couldn’t get in Canada. But now I guess i’ll be able to use their German site for vinyl as well.

They’re still working on translating most of the site though so you might still run into German pages as you browse the site.

EU Politician Says ACTA Is Dead

Alexander Alvaro, a member of the European Parliament, has issued a statement to Billboard stating that he expects the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement will be rejected by the European Parliament.

The agreement is currently be reviewed by the Committee on International Trade. Additional information can be found here.

Latvia Says No To ACTA / Bill C-11 Update

Latvia is the latest European nation to stop their ratification of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement. And it appears that Germany wants to hold off on signing in response to the public protests in their country.

Unfortunately Bill C-11 has progressed through the first and second reading in the House Of Commons here in Canada, with little to no response to the overwhelming opposition to the digital locks provisions and SOPA like website blocking.

The public has spoken, both in the public consultations on Bill C-32 and with recent letters and petitions against Bill C-11.

It is clear that Canadians do not want contradictory policies on private copying and SOPA like enforcement of our Copyright Act. Over 32,000 Canadians have signed the petition, including yours truly. And 74,000 “liked” the petition on Facebook.

It is a matter of record. Members of Parliament have received letters and emails conveying concern about or opposition to several provisions in Bill C-11, yet the current government has failed to address this correspondence.

This bill was rushed through it’s second reading in the House of Commons today, with little time for debate, and is up for review by a committee, who will analyze and amend the bill.

Hopefully they will notice how contradictory the technological protections measures are and amend them accordingly.

Second Thoughts On ACTA In Europe

Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovakia have had second thoughts on the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement and have suspended their ratification in response to the demands for public consultation on this international trade agreement.

Though Canada has ratified the ACTA on October 1st, 2011, public consultations are still listed as ongoing according to the Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada web site. And several older submissions are accessible by clicking here.

Several key portions of ACTA were also addressed by the 2009 copyright consultation submissions.

Partial Recovery For Playstation/Qriocity

A FAQ on the restoration of service for the USA, Canada and Europe is available on the Playstation Network Blog, as well as a video by Kazuo Hirai of Sony in regards to this restoration.

Online gaming (PS3 and PSP), chat service and music downloads are slowly being restored as the system is handling password reset requests.