Meet ACTA; It’s SOPA and PIPA on steroids, the Global Edition

January 22, 2012
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SOPA and PIPA have been shelved, however, the government’s plan to censor the public is an ongoing threat. It’s disconcerting that each government is initiating censorship tactics spontaneously while attacking our fundamental rights.

Have you met the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement aka: ACTA? — an international trade agreement negotiated by the EU, the United States, Japan, Canada, South Korea, Australia, among others whose supposed sole purpose is to forge ahead with tackling counterfeited goods and copyright infringement.

 

This treaty is SOPA and PIPA on steroids globally censoring the public world wide. They are allowed to negotiate in secret and  force other countries into implementing file sharing policies with a 3 strikes you’re out practice while net filtering.  Opponents are critical saying ACTA’s removal of “legal safeguards that protect Internet Service Providers from liability for the actions of their subscribers” in effect giving ISPs no option but to comply with privacy invasions. Sound familiar so far?

ACTA explained. Watch:

Further more, existing ISPs may no longer host free software that can access copyrighted media, and DRM protected media would not be legally playable with free software.

From StopACTA.info:

We are in danger of ending up with the worst of both worlds, pushing IP rules, which are very effective at stopping access to life-saving drugs but are very bad at stopping or preventing fake drugs.

(Michelle Childs of Médecins Sans Frontières, Nobel Peace Prize winners, issued this very critical statement on ACTA.)

While we’re protesting SOPA and PIPA’s bills, ACTA is already in place about to be passed. Poland announced that they will sign on January 26, 2012 despite recent dissent from Polish citizens.

Anonymous replied:

Dear Polish government, we will continue to disrupt and interfere with your government official websites until the 26th. Do not pass ACTA.

In addition, the activist group has delcared that they will release documents on officials in Poland if this censorship treaty is signed.

We have dox files and leaked documentations on many Poland officials, if ACTA is passed, we will release these documents.

The need to provide medicine to the poor will be at risk. The love for intellectual property is put above our freedom of speech on the Internet. One question; how far will the powers that be take monitoring the Internet? This inhibits our freedom of expression – not to mention that intellectual property rights should not be paid by infringing upon the World’s rights.

Global surveillance of Internet activity is problematic to all of us.

Image: Your Anon News

Video H/T: my friend Jeff S with thanks.

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  • AZActivist

    I have just discovered the reason why Barack Hussein Obama expressed reluctance to support PIPA and SOPA despite the passage of both bills in their respective Houses. This reticence on the part of the “Great Divider” certainly seemed out of character and, although I sensed the characteristic devious motivation he has become so infamous for, I decided to take a wait-and-see stance.

    And now the truth manifests itself, as I knew it would. Not only was it unnecessary for him to follow his usual pattern of behavior followed by his signature “edict from on high”, he conveniently took full advantage of the United Nations Of course, that entity was only too happy to assist the Usurper-in-Chief by imposing its own version of internet control upon the unsuspecting American people:
    the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement or ACTA.

    There’s that term again – “trade agreement” – another international conspiracy led by the United Nations in their quest for power to coerce all developed nations of the world to enter into an international pact of compliance to a law placing full control over the internet into the hands of one corrupt global entity.

    Whether it be “piracy” or “counterfeiting”, both are excuses for exerting the force of a corrupt global organization of power-hungry individuals hell-bent on eliminating the last vestiges of sovereignty from the United States and every other nation they’ve contaminated with their poison.

    It’s about time for the Conservative members of the Senate to grow a spine and save our country from abject ruin before it’s too late!! The Puppet in the White House must be stopped from signing this treaty. His intentions to hand our country over to the UN must be stopped by any means necessary.

  • Anonymous

    I have just discovered the reason why Barack Hussein Obama expressed reluctance to support PIPA and SOPA despite the passage of both bills in their respective Houses. This reticence on the part of the “Great Divider” certainly seemed out of character and, although I sensed the characteristic devious motivation he has become so infamous for, I decided to take a wait-and-see stance.

    And now the truth manifests itself, as I knew it would. Not only was it unnecessary for him to follow his usual pattern of behavior followed by his signature “edict from on high”, he conveniently took full advantage of the United Nations Of course, that entity was only too happy to assist the Usurper-in-Chief by imposing its own version of internet control upon the unsuspecting American people:
    the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement or ACTA.

    There’s that term again – “trade agreement” – another international conspiracy led by the United Nations in their quest for power to coerce all developed nations of the world to enter into an international pact of compliance to a law placing full control over the internet into the hands of one corrupt global entity.

    Whether it be “piracy” or “counterfeiting”, both are excuses for exerting the force of a corrupt global organization of power-hungry individuals hell-bent on eliminating the last vestiges of sovereignty from the United States and every other nation they’ve contaminated with their poison.

    It’s about time for the Conservative members of the Senate to grow a spine and save our country from abject ruin before it’s too late!! The Puppet in the White House must be stopped from signing this treaty. His intentions to hand our country over to the UN must be stopped by any means necessary.

  • http://tinyurl.com/profit-robot Morgan Johanson

    The true secret of happiness lies in taking a genuine interest in all the details of daily life.
    William Morris.

  • http://twitter.com/maruawe WilliamJohnston

    I’m with them on this one

  • http://twitter.com/maruawe WilliamJohnston

    I’m with them on this one

  • Blackplague6161

    america has never been a democracy

  • Anonymous

    Why a democratic country like the US,wants to kill the internet? China is doing it,because it is not a democracy. China wants real time registration of net users – endangering the safety of netizens there. But the US trying to kill internet in the garb of anti-piracy laws is a big surprise. India is also not far behind,and a case on this issue is before the Delhi High Court. What about offline offensive content? By trying to ban free speech,are we not showing contempt to god,which has gifted brain to human beings,for use. Free speech is a must to strengthen democracy. Science and technology would not progressed if there were no free speech

    iPod adapter

  • http://twitter.com/jdirt2004 jdirt

    I AM QUITTING MY DIGG ACCOUNT BECAUSE IT WAR BOUGHT-OUT BY EVIL REPTILIAN CORPORATE OVERLORDS WHO NEED TO GET OUT OF INDEPENDENT MEDIA. THIS IS GAY. BOOOOO.

  • Anonymous

    Drone attacks.

    It just occurred to me that we are seeing the equivalent of drone attacks launched against internet users and routers.

  • http://tinyurl.com/profit-robot Morgan Johanson

    The true secret of happiness lies in taking a genuine interest in all the details of daily life.
    William Morris.

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