Posts Tagged ‘SOPA’

Hollywood’s assault on internet freedom. Must-see investigation by Al Jazeera–

The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) is a proposed plurilateral agreement for the purpose of establishing international standards on intellectual property rights enforcement.

Like the WTO this supra-national treaty aims to clamp down on the global internet in the same way that SOPA/PIPA would have clamped down inside the United States.

See the Wikipedia page for ACTA.

The bad news: Obama’s henchmen have already signed the treaty:

Signed 1 October 2011
Location Tokyo
Signatories United States, Australia, Canada, Japan, Morocco, New Zealand, Singapore, and South Korea


Opponents have argued that the treaty will restrict fundamental civil and digital rights, including the freedom of expression and communication privacy.[7] “The bulk of the WTO’s 153 members” have raised concerns that treaty could distort trade and goes beyond the existing Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights.[8] Opponents also criticize 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.[9] According to an analysis by the Free Software Foundation, ACTA would require that existing ISPs no longer host free software that can access copyrighted media, and DRM-protected media would not be legally playable with free or open source software.[10]

This is pretty huge, the alleged “huge problem” of lost revenue due to internet piracy:

Finally, in 2010, the Government Accountability Office released a report noting that these figures “cannot be substantiated or traced back to an underlying data source or methodology.”

How Copyright Industries Con Congress

Of the total $6.1 billion in annual losses LEK estimated to MPAA studios, the amount attributable to online piracy by users in the United States was $446 million—which, by coincidence, is roughly the amount grossed globally by Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel.

I would never label someone a Copyright Nazi Bitch, but if some viewers got that vibe…

Sign petition today and pass it on. The internet is rebelling against these authoritarian censorship measures.