Friday, January 29, 2010

Act against ACTA

Just when you thought it was safe to start existing again, along comes ACTA - the misnamed Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement.

ACTA is supported by the content industry but would stifle new technology and art. It's been secretly negotiated by countries around the world for almost 2 years, and it has several worrisome anti-consumer provisions.

One provision being discussed would force ISP's to cut off customers if someone so much as accuses them of sharing copyrighted files. (They won't even have to prove the accusation is true.) Another would dash the interactivity of legally acquired digital content. It would even make ISP's spy on customers.

Consumer advocates are fighting ACTA, as elites hash out the treaty in secret.

If the United States agrees to these provisions, it would violate the Constitution. The Constitution is supposed to reign supreme. But the DMCA has already nibbled away at our constitutional freedoms. Our rights listed in the Constitution weren't created by the Constitution itself: We are endowed with these rights just by being human.


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