SOPA and PIPA
In the wake of the Wikipedia blackout, I thought it wise to start a SOPA / PIPA thread. The bills are not dead, so we still need to keep an eye on things. However, the petittions and phone calls and emails to senators and representatives have made a difference. How much of a difference?
That much of a difference.
Ms safewrite, hello. It would seem the proposed bills are for now dead indeed.
ACTA in a Nutshell –
What is ACTA? ACTA is the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement. A new intellectual property enforcement treaty being negotiated by the United States, the European Community, Switzerland, and Japan, with Australia, the Republic of Korea, New Zealand, Mexico, Jordan, Morocco, Singapore, the United Arab Emirates, and Canada recently announcing that they will join in as well.
Why should you care about ACTA? Initial reports indicate that the treaty will have a very broad scope and will involve new tools targeting “Internet distribution and information technology.”
What is the goal of ACTA? Reportedly the goal is 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.
Essential ACTA Resources –
- Read more about ACTA here: ACTA Fact Sheet
- Read the authentic version of the ACTA text as of 15 April 2011, as finalized by participating countries here: ACTA Finalized Text
- Follow the history of the treaty’s formation here: ACTA history
- Read letters from U.S. Senator Ron Wyden wherein he challenges the constitutionality of ACTA: Letter 1 | Letter 2 | Read the Administration’s Response to Wyden’s First Letter here: Response
- Watch a short informative video on ACTA: ACTA Video
- Watch a lulzy video on ACTA: Lulzy Video
Say NO to ACTA. It is essential to spread awareness and get the word out on ACTA.
Here is an interesting opinion piece on SOPA and it’s the claims it’s advocates make. It applies to all these inflated costs by MPAA, RIAA and BSA.
This looks as if ACTA was already signed by the US?
So, what is to be stopped, enforcement? Or interpretation as it applies to intellectual property?
A new global treaty could allow corporations to police everything that we do on the Internet. Last week 3 million of us successfully pushed back the US censorship bills — if we act now, we can get the EU Parliament to bury this new threat to all of us:
Last week, 3 million of us beat back America’s attack on our Internet! — but there is an even bigger threat out there, and our global movement
for freedom online is perfectly poised to kill it for good.
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.
Europe is deciding right now whether to ratify ACTA — and without them, this global attack on Internet freedom will collapse. We know they have
opposed ACTA before, but some members of Parliament are wavering — let’s give them the push they need to reject the treaty.
Sign the petition — we’ll do a spectacular delivery in Brussels when we reach 500,000 signatures: It’s outrageous — governments of four-fifths of the world’s people were excluded from the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) negotiations and unelected bureaucrats have worked closely with corporate lobbyists to craft new rules and a dangerously powerful enforcement regime. ACTA would initially cover the US, EU and 9 other countries, then be rolled out across the world. But if we can get the EU to say no now, the treaty will lose momentum and could stall for good.
The oppressively strict regulations could mean people everywhere are punished for simple acts such as sharing a newspaper article or uploading a video of a party where copyrighted music is played. Sold as a trade agreement to protect copyrights. ACTA could also ban lifesaving generic drugs and threaten local farmers’ access to the seeds they need. And, amazingly, the ACTA committee will have carte blanche to change its own rules and sanctions with no democratic scrutiny.
Big corporate interests are pushing hard for this, but the EU Parliament
stands in the way. Let’s send a loud call to Parliamentarians to face down
the lobbies and stand firm for Internet freedom. Sign now and send to
everyone you know:
What provokes a “public servant” to come up with this stuff?
No mention of this in the local or Honolulu papers, but a fluff article on “Personal Data Privacy Day” this Saturday. I’ll be doing more research and following this closely….Aloha, Steve.
So trying to influence the EU parliament is the only recourse americans have??