SOPA? PIPA? Now ACTA? Jesus, what are these people thinking…
The full name is “Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement” but that’s very misleading. Watch the video to see what it really is. It’s way worse than SOPA/PIPA ever could have been.
Here’s another video:
ACTA is one more offensive against the sharing of culture on the Internet. ACTA (Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement) is an agreement secretly negotiated by a small “club” of like-minded countries (39 countries, including the 27 of the European Union, the United States, Japan, etc). Negotiated instead of being democratically debated, ACTA bypasses parliaments and international organizations to dictate a repressive logic dictated by the entertainment industries.
ACTA would impose new criminal sanctions forcing Internet actors to monitor and censor online communications. It is thus a major threat to freedom of expression online and creates legal uncertainty for Internet companies. In the name of trademarks and patents, it would also hamper access to generic medicines in poor countries.
The European Parliament now has an ultimate opportunity to reject ACTA.
We’ve got to stop them… there’s no way we can let this pass. Good god!