International Day of Protest: Stop ACTA!

ACTA is an anti-counterfeiting trade agreement that was drafted in secret, and will not face legislative voting before adoption, since it is an international trade “treaty”. It allows the U.S. to police copyright infringement internationally, taking down foreign websites under broad terms. Creative artists who might draw influence (remixers) from one another’s work will be subject to jail time.

All this after numerous studies have shown that studio profits are unaffected by piracy. Rather, it is the studios themselves that hold the power to curbing piracy.
Stop ACTA & TPP:Tell your country’s officials: NEVER use secretive trade agreements to meddle with the Internet. Our freedoms depend on it!

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Write Them Now! I urge you to vote no on ACTA and to communicate its severe problems to your colleagues. ACTA’s vague language locks us into obsolete copyright and patent laws, preventing democracies from updating their laws to unlock new economic and social opportunities.It criminalizes harmless remixes by ordinary users if they achieve ‘a commercial scale’ (art 2.14.1) which many amateur videos do on sites like Youtube. And it criminalizes legitimate websites by making them responsible for user behavior (‘aiding and abetting’ art 2.14.4).Worse, it permanently bypasses the democratic process by empowering the ‘ACTA Committee’ to ‘propose amendments to [ACTA]‘ without your approval. (art 6.4) In other words, it’s impossible to know what you’re voting for.The global movement against the US law SOPA showed that internet freedom is a crucial issue which belongs in the legislative process of each country. You should view ACTA as an attempt by a handful of companies to circumvent the democratic process, and you should vote against it.Thank you. Please reply if you have any questions.

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