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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And like I said, given our current state of laws, this is hardly a big deal.

"As the study points out, encouraging the 'cooperation' between internet providers and the content industry amounts to privatized policing"
Encouraging cooperation? Privatized policing is everywhere... private security guards at events, private security at homes and malls.

"ACTA also allows for the monitoring of internet users without initial suspicion"
And what about speed cameras, DUI check points...

"The agreement does not contain 'fair use' clauses or exceptions for trivial or minimal infringements."
Governments love banning things. Everything from cigarettes, to marijuana, to guns, to transfats...

"Overall, ACTA tilts the balance of IPR protection manifestly unfairly towards one group of beneficiaries of the right to property, IP right holders, and unfairly against others"

Isn't this pretty much what most laws do? Pit one group against another. Public sector union negotiations tip the balance of power to the public sector unions against the rights and property of the general population.

These laws just aren't that out there... especially when you consider the general state of affairs in the EU.

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