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ACTA (aka SOPA and PIPA once again in new clothes only!)
« on: February 02, 2012, 03:20:59 PM »
Yes maybe you heard maybe you didn't but as of now 22 states signed the ACTA which is now on it's way to EU Parliament.

ACTA - a global treaty - could allow corporations to censor the Internet. Negotiated in secret by a small number of rich countries and corporate powers, it would set up a shadowy new anti-counterfeiting body to allow private interests to police everything that we do online and impose massive penalties -- even prison sentences -- against people they say have harmed their business.

So sign please here: link (cllick)

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Re: ACTA (aka SOPA and PIPA once again in new clothes only!)
« Reply #1 on: February 08, 2012, 12:32:25 AM »
I need to look for more information on this, as for now, I found this:

Quote from: Wikipedia
Threats to freedom and fundamental human rights

An open letter signed by many organizations, including Consumers International, EDRi (27 European civil rights and privacy NGOs), the Free Software Foundation (FSF), the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), ASIC (French trade association for web 2.0 companies), and the Free Knowledge Institute (FKI), states that "the current draft of ACTA would profoundly restrict the fundamental rights and freedoms of European citizens, most notably the freedom of expression and communication privacy."[80] The Free Software Foundation argues that ACTA will create a culture of surveillance and suspicion.[81] Aaron Shaw, Research Fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, argues that "ACTA would create unduly harsh legal standards that do not reflect contemporary principles of democratic government, free market exchange, or civil liberties. Even though the precise terms of ACTA remain undecided, the negotiants' preliminary documents reveal many troubling aspects of the proposed agreement" such as removing "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. Shaw further says that "[ACTA] would also facilitate privacy violations by trademark and copyright holders against private citizens suspected of infringement activities without any sort of legal due process".[82]

The Free Software Foundation (FSF) has published "Speak out against ACTA", stating that the ACTA threatens free software by creating a culture "in which the freedom that is required to produce free software is seen as dangerous and threatening rather than creative, innovative, and exciting."[81] ACTA would also require that existing ISPs no longer host free software that can access copyrighted media; this would substantially affect many sites that offer free software or host software projects such as SourceForge. Specifically, the FSF argues that ACTA will make it more difficult and expensive to distribute free software via file sharing and P2P technologies like BitTorrent, which are currently used to distribute large amounts of free software. The FSF also argues that ACTA will make it harder for users of free operating systems to play non-free media because DRM protected media would not be legally playable with free software.[81]


Source: Wikipedia
Highlights are by me.

Well, yes, it really seems serious. We can't let ACTA to ruin the free software community! I respect Linux and open-source software! Moreover, I also have some open-source projects hosted on the respected and beloved SourceForge site.

FSF protest page: http://www.fsf.org/campaigns/acta/

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Re: ACTA (aka SOPA and PIPA once again in new clothes only!)
« Reply #2 on: February 08, 2012, 02:02:24 AM »
Thanks for widening up. ^^