First SOPA and now ACTA

We have just finished defeating SOPA and PIPA and now we have ACTA.  It seems that the forces of darkness are relentless.  The Avaaz.org protest petition is below.  Please sign it.

http://www.avaaz.org/en/eu_save_the_internet/

Here are other petitions by GoPetition.  Please sign as many as you can.

http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/stop-sopa-pipa-acta.html

http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/stop-acta-before-it-stops-you.html

http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/stop-acta-in-europe.html

Here is the O´Dwyer anti extradition petition.

http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/stop-extradition-fair-uk-trial-for-richard-o-dwyer/sign.html

Here are some videos on ACTA and how they want to shut down freedom, creativity and competition.  There is a creeping sense of fascism looming on the horizon.  All of this is just so that a small group of privelidged moneyed interests can monopolize our society and create a feudalistic rentier society.  The 1% against the 99%.

Copyright is out of control and has become a kind of mafia.  I have seen how it has been abused in Spain.  Hairdressers have to pay a monthly extorsion fee just to play the radio in their salons.

Obama, who won the Noble Peace Prize for promoting war,  tearing up the Bill of Rights, signing the Patriot Act, of course supports the criminal ACTA.  How is all of that hope and change working out for you?

This from NaturalNews also:

naturalnews.com printable article

Originally published January 29 2012

ACTA is worse than SOPA, here’s what you need to know

by J. D. Heyes

(NaturalNews) As a warrior for Internet freedom, you helped defeat the Stop Online Piracy Act, or SOPA by supporting Web black outs by sites like Wikipedia and by contacting your lawmaker to voice your displeasure. So loud was your voice that even the president of the United States sided with you in opposing it.

But don’t take a deep sigh of relief because, after all, we’re talking about a merger of Washington, D.C., and Hollywood here, as well as global interests. After the motion picture industry, its subsidiaries and all “interested parties” have spent nearly $150 million lobbying for some sort of Internet-centric “anti-piracy” bill, you should have known the powers that be would return.

And they have, only this time they are pushing something far more onerous: ACTA, or the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement.

“Although the proposed treaty’s title might suggest that the agreement deals only with counterfeit physical goods (such as medicines) what little information has been made available publicly by negotiating governments about the content of the treaty makes it clear that it will have a far broader scope and in particular will deal with new tools targeting ‘Internet distribution and information technology'”, says an assessment of ACTA by the watchdogs at the Electronic Freedom Foundation.

“ACTA has several features that raise significant potential concerns for consumers’ privacy and civil liberties for innovation and the free flow of information on the Internet [regarding] legitimate commerce and for developing countries’ ability to choose policy options that best suit their domestic priorities and level of economic development,” says EFF’s assessment.

As is usually the case with dubious, rights-stripping legislation, ACTA – which Forbes.com reports was signed by the U.S. in 2011 and has already been sanctioned as well by Japan, Switzerland and many European Union nations – has largely been negotiated in the shadows and, thus, has largely been devoid of scrutiny… until now.

While the Obama administration was shying away from SOPA, it has been aggressively pursuing ACTA (full disclosure: the process was started under the Bush administration). Critics say it is much more far-reaching than SOPA, bypassing “the sovereign laws of participating nations” and “forcing ISP’s across the globe to act as internet police,” Forbes said.

But ACTA isn’t limited just to the Internet. In fact, the agreement would crack down things like generic drugs and would make food patents more difficult to obtain “by enforcing a global standard on seed patents that threatens local farmers and food independence across the developed world,” Forbes says.

The good thing is, there is not universal acceptance of ACTA and its onerous, liberty-stealing provisions. Emerging nations like Brazil and India are adamantly opposed to it for rightfully fearing its provisions would harm their economies.

But Internet freedom is also under attack from other quarters as well. The EFF also notes that the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement, which is a separate measure, would “rewrite the global rules on IP enforcement”.

“All signatory countries will be required to conform their domestic laws and policies to the provisions of the Agreement,” said the EFF assessment. “In the U.S. this is likely to further entrench controversial aspects of U.S. copyright law. The recently leaked U.S. IP chapter also includes provisions that appear to go beyond current U.S. law. This raises significant concerns for citizens’ due process, privacy and freedom of expression rights.”

SOPA may be history but that doesn’t mean Internet freedom does not remain under assault. Tyrants never stop trying to enforce tyranny.

Sources for this article include:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/erikkain/2012/01/23/if-you-thought-sopa-was-bad-just-wait-until-you-meet-acta

https://www.eff.org/pages/trans-pacific-partnership-agreement

http://www.forbes.com/sites/johngaudiosi/2012/01/16/obama-says-so-long-sopa-killing-controversial-internet-piracy-legislation/

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