Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 21st Apr 2010 19:33 UTC, submitted by ozonehole
Legal Yes, even more copyright and intellectual property stuff. We have several stories on this one today, so I figured I'd throw them all together. First and foremost, ACTA has finally been dragged out of the shadows and into the light (thanks to the EU parliament), so we can take a look at what's in there. Is it really as bad as everyone thinks it is? Short answer: yes. Long answer: Yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeees.
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ACTA: threats to Free Software
by lemur2 on Thu 22nd Apr 2010 02:49 UTC
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http://blogs.fsfe.org/hugo/2010/04/acta-threats-to-free-software/

Today with the first public release of ACTA, the effects the international agreement will have on Free Software appear to be dangerous for its development and its distribution. First, by extending infringements proceedings and criminal offences to a broad scope of “intellectual property” including software patents. Second, by destabilizing the most important means of distribution for Free Software, which relies on an open and neutral platform on which online services are not meant to control whether “intellectual property rights” (including patents) are infringed. Third, by strengthening the protection of Digital Restrictions Managements (DRMs) against Free Software and fair competition.


It looks very much like big business doesn't want people to enjoy the fruits of their own collaborative efforts.

Next up: a ban on growing vegies in your own back yard. SWAT teams to burst into homes and arrest suspected vegie growers.

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