Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 4th Oct 2011 13:31 UTC
Legal A few days ago, several countries signed ACTA, the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement. As you are probably aware, ACTA was drafted up in secret, and is basically Obama/Biden's attempt to impose the US' draconian pro-big business/big content protection laws on the rest of the world ('sign it, or else'). The European Parliament still has to vote on it, and as such, Douwe Korff, professor of international law at the London Metropolitan University, and Ian Brown senior research fellow at the University of Oxford, performed a 90-page study, with a harsh conclusion: ACTA violates fundamental human rights.
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What human rights violations?
by Yamin on Tue 4th Oct 2011 15:53 UTC
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I'm just curious as I didn't see in the article. Just what human rights are being abused here?

As far as I can tell, it talks about fines and seizing property in counterfeit cases.

Maybe in some kind of libertarian paradise, this would be a violation of human rights. But in a world of income taxes, heavy regulation, attempts to monetize every kind of work, globalized free trade, patents, legal trademarks... this hardly seems extraordinary.

Edited 2011-10-04 15:53 UTC

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