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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RE: Call me contrarian...
by christian on Tue 4th Oct 2011 21:55 UTC in reply to "Call me contrarian..."
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But if I'm not stealing content or media, what's the problem?

Depends on whose laws you're basing it on.

"Stealing" content or media was not even a crime until recently, under pressure from the content providers to redefine what constitutes "theft".

It is laws like these that, for example, makes it technically illegal to even watch DVDs on Linux using VLC.

As a rule, I tend to avoid illegal copying of media, I prefer to own^Wlicense my copies of movies, but laws like this have far too much scope for abuse.

PS. IANAL, above may be complete fabrication etc.

Edited 2011-10-04 21:56 UTC

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