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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Australia has signed :(
by melkor on Wed 5th Oct 2011 01:35 UTC
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without consulting the people. We have no inbuilt human rights laws in our constitution, nor freedom of speech. We're screwed.

We could argue that Australia mostly relies on British common law, and that this violates British common law (innocent until proven guilty), but no politician in Australia would care about this. I shall have to investigate further.


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