Updates are at the bottom.
Well we might have nipped SOPA and PIPA in the buns for now (remain vigilante, they may resurface) but ACTA is proving to be just as scary..
First off, I am not a lawyer or a student of the law. I have done several hours of research and these are the conclusions I've reached, they may not be 100% accurate. What is ACTA and why should we fight it?
Here's some Youtube Videoswww.youtube.com/watch?v=N8Xg_C…www.youtube.com/watch?v=citzRj…
And a Wiki link for those of you patient enough to do a bit of reading en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anti-Cou…
One of the scarier aspects of ACTA is IPs will be legally required to examine every byte of information you transfer over the internet to make sure it contains no copyrighted, or otherwise illegal, data... This includes things such as emails, IMs, all internet activity, and even your chat among other gamers when playing your favorite MMO or online game of any sorts. Wow! Talk about an invasion of privacy..
Some other negative highlights of the treaty (copied from an Anti-ACTA repost journal, not sure who originally posted it, so credit goes to them)
1.ACTA allows customs checks of data in personal computers and portable media players on the borders and it is the first international agreement that regulates the Internet.
2.ACTA is pro-recording and movie industry bias. It doesn't take the interests of users and authors into account at all because it deals only with legal entities.
3.ACTA was being prepared in absolute secrecy. Whereas lobbyists of the recording industry had complete access from the beginning, representatives of the member states hadn't.
4.ACTA criminalizes consumers who make a backup copy of a disc and authors of programs that facilitate it.
5.ACTA establishes a new organization beyond the World Trade Organization that will continue on hardening the restrictions.
6.ACTA mainly supports policy that enforces copy monopoly using more repression instead of reflecting modern technologies.
Last but not least, if this goes through the ACTA will be set up as its own "Framework" or "Governing Body".. Along the lines of something like The United Nations. Who will be in charge of such a body? Likely the heads of the big media companies.. Want the RIAA dictating how you can or can't use the internet? Ya.. me either.. Wow that's ugly, has it passed?
In short, no.
While it seems that the major players have all signed the treaty, it still has to be ratified in the European Parliament, which may be as far off as May, (www.webpronews.com/acta-europe…
, in order to be enforced. Note: I am seeing several people claim that Obama is against ACTA.. I think they might be confusing ACTA with SOPA.. as Obama himself SIGNED the thing, and issued the Executive Order that allowed it to circumvent a congressional vote.. So I'm not sure how much truth there is in that claim.
Oh and don't breathe a sigh of relief if your not in one of the aforementioned nations.. As any nation can join on a voluntary basis.How we can help stop it
There are a few ways we can go about combating this; Check out this Wikiwww.laquadrature.net/wiki/How_…Black March - Boycottpopcosplayer.deviantart.com/ar…Sign some petitions www.accessnow.org/page/s/just-…secure.avaaz.org/en/eu_save_th…www.stopp-acta.info/english/ge…www.petitiononline.com/stopact…www.change.org/petitions/oppos…Spread the word
The more people we have for our cause the more powerful we become.
As a foot note, its important to remember that public opinion is generally weighted
by officials. Meaning that the voice of 1 citizen caries the weight of many more.. As officials estimate that (just tossing numbers here) out of 100 citizens with an opinion, only one will actually take the time to voice it. So getting that one person's feedback counts for a hundred's. Consider that before you tell yourself "I'm only one person, what difference would I make?" Updates as of Jan 26th 2012
Seems the EU has indeed signed the ACTA treaty, but dont fret, it's not over yet. The treaty still has to go before the European Parliament before it is ratified (Which could occur as late as May), and it seems more than a few people there are already having their doubts; www.pcworld.com/businesscenter…
"There has also been widespread criticism of ACTA within the Parliament. Pirate Party parliamentarian Christian Engstrom accused Polish Minister of Digitisation Michal Boni of lying to the Polish people in order to get ACTA signed. "Unfortunately, it appears that the Polish minister does not shy away from telling his citizens blatant lies, in order to get the controversial ACTA agreement signed," he said on Wednesday.
Also, it seems that Obama signing the Treaty in the manner he did could be deemed unconstitutional, since any international trade agreements must be approved by Congress..
So the seeds of doubt have been sewed, time to nourish them!
<New petition : secure.avaaz.org/en/eu_save_th…
Go ahead and repost this journal if you feel inclined to do so. Updates as of Jan 27th 2012
Another petition, focusing on fighting how Obama unconstitutionally signed the treaty to begin with;wwws.whitehouse.gov/petitions/…