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Tue Jan 24, 2012, 08:37 PM

 

SOPA? BAD, but the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement's been quietly ratified & is a bigger threat

An ACTA of war: Secret censor tool to shake up world wide web

http://rt.com/news/acta-internet-censor-treaty-591/

As cyberspace turns its attention to the SOPA and PIPA bills in the US, the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, or ACTA, has been quietly signed or ratified by most of the developed world and is arguably the biggest threat to Internet freedom yet. ACTA has – officially – been in the works since 2008, and was signed by the US, Australia, Canada, Japan, Morocco, New Zealand, Singapore and South Korea in 2011. All negotiations were held behind closed doors, and it is mostly thanks to Internet hacktivist groups like Anonymous that news of the potential damage ACTA could cause has spread.

Most recently, Anonymous turned their attention to Poland, where officials announced that they will sign the controversial treaty on January 26. A number of government website attacks has left them paralyzed for two days, and several Polish websites have since announced they will go dark in protest at the treaty, echoing recent unprecedented actions by Wikipedia, Redditt, BoingBoing and many others. However, Polish officials have said they will sign the agreement as planned. Government minister Michal Boni said "The ACTA agreement in no way changes Polish laws or the rights of Internet users and Internet usage,” after a meeting with Prime Minister Donald Tusk. The irony of that statement is that ACTA will do exactly that. It will surpass the sovereign laws of participating nations, especially in the matter of ISP monitoring.

ACTA's reach is far more global, with countries like the US, Switzerland, Japan and all European Union members in its grasp. It is allegedly being introduced "to create new legal standards of intellectual property enforcement, as well as increased international cooperation, an example of which would be an increase in information sharing between signatory countries' law enforcement agencies." But in reality, the measures that have been worked on by behind-the-scenes politicians and media industry moguls are just shy of draconian.

Under this new treaty, Internet Service Providers will police all data passing through them, making them legally responsible for what their users do online. And should you do something considered "breach of copyright" like, for instance, getting a tattoo of a brand logo, taking a photo and posting it somewhere, you may be disconnected from the Internet, fined or even jailed.

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Reply SOPA? BAD, but the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement's been quietly ratified & is a bigger threat (Original post)
stockholmer Jan 2012 OP
hlthe2b Jan 2012 #1
rhett o rick Jan 2012 #2
TBF Jan 2012 #4
WillyT Jan 2012 #3
cyberpj Jan 2012 #5
Electric Monk Jan 2012 #6
woo me with science Jan 2012 #7

Response to stockholmer (Original post)

Tue Jan 24, 2012, 08:40 PM

1. So, all those ebay sellers that download photos from the manufacturer's website...

are now subject to fines or jail? Really....

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Tue Jan 24, 2012, 08:45 PM

2. It is the highest priority for the "state" to get control of the internet. W/O it, freedom fighters

will have a much harder time. But it wont help them in the long run, because the peoples of the world will not be slaves.

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Response to rhett o rick (Reply #2)

Tue Jan 24, 2012, 08:49 PM

4. I agree

it is not lost on me that capital is global, and our response to it will have to be global as well

solidarity

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Response to stockholmer (Original post)

Tue Jan 24, 2012, 08:47 PM

3. HUGE K & R !!! - Thank You !!!




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Response to stockholmer (Original post)

Tue Jan 24, 2012, 08:53 PM

5. It would appear that SOPA and PIPA were distractions if you ask me.

This one is the real trouble.

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Response to stockholmer (Original post)

Tue Jan 24, 2012, 08:54 PM

6. All those NASCAR fans with their fav logos tattooed on their (_)s, get em up against the wall



up against the wall



up against the wall



up against the wall

etc etc etc

"The illusion of freedom will continue as long as it’s profitable to continue the illusion. At the point where the illusion becomes too expensive to maintain, they will just take down the scenery, they will pull back the curtains, they will move the tables and chairs out of the way and you will see the brick wall at the back of the theater." - Frank Zappa

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Response to stockholmer (Original post)

Tue Jan 24, 2012, 09:09 PM

7. All of this is chilling.

The push for control of the internet and surveillance of all of us has escalated to an alarming pace. This is absolutely not just about copyright. The global protests against global corruption and theft have shaken the one percent.

Occupy now, because they are rushing structures into place to prevent occupation later.

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