In the US, over 35,000 people have signed a petition urging the White House to “end ACTA,” despite the fact that it has already been signed by the US. Much of the misinformation seems to come from the fact that the final text proved to be much less dangerous to Internet freedom than early drafts had suggested. Any number of controversial proposals were included, or rumored to be included, in early drafts of the treaty. But thanks in part to an intense public backlash, most of these provisions were stripped out, or at least watered down, in the final version of ACTA. That final version has been publicly available for months, but many ACTA opponents continue to focus on these deleted provisions in their arguments against the treaty.
Reality: This is the most-repeated claim, and it’s simply inaccurate. Nothing in the treaty appears to require ISPs to monitor their customers’ traffic. While earlier versions of the treaty had proposed French-style “three strikes” measures, these proposals were dropped from the final version of the treaty.
Reality: The provisions of SOPA and PIPA that generated the most outrage were those that would have blacklisted sites from DNS, search engines, payment networks, and ad networks. None of these proposals were included in ACTA. Perhaps this is a reference to the provisions requiring signatories to “promote cooperative efforts within the business community,” but as we’ve seen, there are any number of ways to comply with this requirement that are less draconian than the SOPA provisions that generated so much controversy.
None of this is to say ACTA is positive. It isn’t. It has both procedural and substantive problems—and critics need to attack it on the right grounds. If Congress ever decides that IP rights have swung too far in one direction, it can always rebalance them by changing the law, right? Not exactly. International agreements like ACTA bind the hands of legislators unless the US is willing to withdraw from them first. That’s why Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) last week called ACTA ”more dangerous than SOPA.” He added, “It’s not coming to me for a vote. It purports that it does not change existing laws. But once implemented, it creates a whole new enforcement system and will virtually tie the hands of Congress to undo it.”
Unfortunately, these arguments are hard to explain to the general public. So too many ACTA opponents are, perhaps unknowingly, attacking ACTA for provisions that aren’t in the treaty. We’re not going to shed too many tears if this misinformation helps to kill a bad treaty, but we’d rather win the debate honestly—and prepare people for the upcoming ACTA sequel.
READ THE WHOLE ARTICLE. Educate yourself instead of mindlessly reblogging news about copyright. 65% of the ACTA-related posts I see on my dash use wrong facts and outdated information while asking people to tell the White House to not sign it when guess what? THEY ALREADY DID. At least educate yourself on the new activist scapegoat before protesting it.
Don’t you just hate the bullshit excuses they say when you catch them? This happened months back when a user on a website I’m mostly on, requested me to make EVERY fucking Megaman ZX/ZXA boss from the games as avatars. (head here to see some of my animations: …
I don’t know what the heck happened… I was on MSN with a friend, while checking other sites as Whirled, Tegaki and Tumblr, and all of sudden I had a blue screen full of white text I couldn’t read because it was too fast… And it was a VERY SEVERE blue screen of death… my computer wouldn’t come back in a proper state, requiring lots of Startup recovery or whatever the heck that’s named. Restarts, Security Modes, if I recal one more blue screen while trying to fix, errors, problems… I was desperately trying to regain contact with the friend I was chatting with on MSN but… it looked like it wouldn’t, and she kind of had some IRL problem before the blue screen… and I couldn’t be there… I couldn’t even say “bye” or “good night” properly… I have to admit I cried… and to make me cry IRL is very hard..
When it finally came back to work properly- uh not really… for some reason my Windows suddenly isn’t validated anymore, I tried to contact my friend but she was offline already… I tried to leave her a message, I had ANOTHER blue screen of death, but then the comp just restarted fine, except for the Windows still being unvalidated.
Now I’m here, hoping to not have another blue screen of death while I type this. As for the friend I was chatting with, if you are reading this incase you didn’t get my offline message(s) on MSN, I’m really sorry sbout that…
And today my comp GETS RAPED WITH ERRORS, CRASHING, AND EVEN MORE BLUE SCREENS OF DEATH OH GOD! Well, a good friend is helping me now. It should do it… I hope.