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ACTA, CETA, and The Death of Liberty

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ACTA refuses to die. The agreement that many hailed as the start of death to much of the world’s intellectual liberties was itself brutally slaughtered by the European Union’s Parliament on July 4, 2012 (cue snare drums and fifes in America). However, it seems the coroner underestimated the resolve of ACTA’s creators, and a new threat has emerged.

CETA: ACTA’s Ticket to Slip in Unnoticed

Of the 517 members who voted on ACTA, 478 or 92% voted against it. This would seem to indicate to the agreement’s proponents that the European Union was overwhelmingly against such provisions, and to let the matter go. Instead the group had a back door planned all along: the Comprehensive Econ. . . READ ON »

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ACTA Annihilated in Europe: Fatality!

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For those of you who have been living under a rock, ACTA (the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement) was destroyed yesterday by the European Union’s Parliament by an overwhelming 478 to 39. Because of this, ACTA is now in the anti-democracy graveyard playing cards with its friends SOPA and PIPA. This is good news for the industrialized world, yet many don’t understand why. Allow me to explain.

What is ACTA?

The stated purpose of ACTA was simple: prevent copyright and patent infringing products from crossing borders and damaging legitimate businesses and industries. This included everything from prescription medication to pirated software. The agreement seemed like a great idea at the time i. . . READ ON »

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Meet ACTA, the Global Threat

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ACTA, Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, is another bill which tramples all over your civil liberties. The Internet is having a hard time fighting off bills that threaten creativity, like PIPA and SOPA, but now something far worse has come to play.

In October 2007, the United States, the European Community, Switzerland, and Japan decided to branch together and negotiate a bill to tackle intellectual property and copyright infringement. Yesterday, all 21 states of the EU, including the UK, signed onto ACTA. As of October 1st 2011, 8 out of 11 countries had signed on, including the United States, Australia, Canada, Japan, Morocco, New Zealand, Singapore, and South Korea.

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