Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 9th Mar 2010 16:58 UTC
Legal We have some very, very good news for Europeans (which happens to include myself): we have the European Parliament on our sides when it comes to battling ACTA. If you may recall, ACTA is basically an attempt by the US to impose upon the rest of the world draconian measures like three strikes laws and the DMCA. All parties within the European Parliament have together put forth a resolution that would effectively tackle ACTA.
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No private companies should have the right to monitor everyone's activities and data on the Internet, that'd be a serious breach of privacy and rights.

What about child porn? Should you have total privacy there as well?

There is no right to illegal activity, especially when using a private service.

Besides, who'd maintain what is legal and what isn't? What is illegal in one country isn't that in another and as such all countries would have to change their criminal laws.

There are already treaties on copyright laws between Western nations.

IP spoofing isn't easy? Gee, go ask any network administrator about that. And while at it, ask how easy it is to spoof MAC addresses too.

There's a huge difference between using a fake IP and faking someone's IP to make it look like they torrented a bunch of movies.

If someone downloads 20gb in movies your ISP can tell if 20gb of torrent packets actually went through to you during that period. IP spoofing can be used to make it look like you visited certain websites but for p2p transfer there is still data that needs to be accounted for.

Actually incorrect. Here in Finland atleast Internet access IS a legal right. I don't know if it is in other countries though.

People lose legal rights when they break the law. Internet access should be the same way.

Piracy is harmful to any kind of industry, not just digital industry. And sure, if such laws could be made I'd be for them, but ONLY as long as they wouldn't breach one's privacy or personal rights. Unfortunately, ACTA doesn't qualify.

No enforcement has the same effect as having no laws.

A balance between privacy and support for content producers needs to be found or else you are allowing piracy to exist. Pirates will not come forward on their own and report themselves. Copyright laws will be widely ignored if the populace knows that the government won't enforce them. We've already seen this happen in parts of Asia.

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