Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 12th Mar 2010 23:18 UTC
In the News And thus, our true colours reveal. Since Obama was the young newcomer, technically savvy, many of us were hoping that he might support patent and/or copyright reform. In case our story earlier on this subject didn't already tip you off, this certainly will: Obama has sided squarely with the RIAA/MPAA lobby, and backs ACTA. No copyright and/or patent reform for you, American citizens!
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by waid0004 on Sat 13th Mar 2010 23:36 UTC
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IANAL, but I see three major problems with ACTA and current laws.

1. Software is based on mathematical expressions and ideas, and shouldn't be any more "patentable" than 2+2.

2. As far as I know there is no distinction between personal non-commercial use and for-profit commercial use.

3. Copyright keeps being extended and extended, currently we can expect it to become infinite. Copyright should provide an exclusive monopoly for a *limited* amount of time to encourage innovation.

I guess that unfortunately to be a citizen of the US is also to be a criminal.
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Edited 2010-03-13 23:44 UTC

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