In a 478-to-39 vote, the European Parliament rejected ACTA. For all intents ACTA is dead.  Without EU support and with other countries rejecting it, ACTA is unlikely to go anywhere. No doubt parts of it will reappear in other secret draft treaties, especially the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement. But on this Independence Day, we thank all who voiced their opposition to ACTA, especially the European Pirate and Green Parties!

 

The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) is a treaty that the US government worked on in secret with other countries to bring the US' draconian copyright laws to other countries.  It will: lock us into obsolete copyright and patent laws; criminalize harmless remixes by ordinary users if they achieve ‘a commercial scale’ (art 2.14.1) which many amateur videos do on sites like Youtube; criminalize legitimate websites by making them responsible for user behavior (‘aiding and abetting’...
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"Web 2.0 Summit Attempts by the content industry to pass legislation like the Protect IP Act are the greatest threat to technology innovation, a senior US Senator told delegates at the Web 2.0 summit in San Francisco." The previous quotes were taken from The Register: A UK based technology news site. A direct link to the full article can be found here: RIAA-led mob threatens innovation, Senator warns

 

A cool video explaining why the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) would be harmful to us all. Please forward widely. You can find the video at: http://youtu.be/qlFyoEKV0dE

 

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