Stop Censorship, Stop ACTA

I have a primer up at Forbes on a little known trade agreement, ACTA, which does all the bad stuff that SOPA threatened to do, only worse. Masked as an anti-counterfeiting treaty, ACTA threatens freedom of speech online and sets up elaborate and invasive means of clamping down on file sharing, generic drugs, and reinforcing the very bad food patents already in existence. It’s bad stuff, largely negotiated in secret by unelected officials from 39 different countries across the developed world.

Read the whole thing here, and watch both videos.

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20 thoughts on “Stop Censorship, Stop ACTA

  1. Like the post.

    By the way, will be doing a TPP related post soon, which will touch on some of the criticism of the IP provisions. There’s actually been something of an outcry over this in Japan, particularly the manga author community.

    FTAs are such a mixed bag. It’s hard to dismiss them out of hand, on the other hand there’s a lot of things that go into them that are simply not paid attention to by enough people. If we really are interested in these issues, we need to be more involved in the process and be more vocal about them.

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  2. Don’t people like you always want the USA to take its proper role in the international community?  To go along with the international community’s standards and methods instead of being pointlessly unilateral and isolationist?  To stop acting like there’s something special about the USA that justifies them doing whatever they want and ignoring the way the rest of the world handles things?

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  3. PS note that the Supreme Court’s recent decision about “re-copyrighting” public domain works comes from the same place:  International treaties regarding copyright protections.

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