Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 9th Mar 2010 16:58 UTC
Legal We have some very, very good news for Europeans (which happens to include myself): we have the European Parliament on our sides when it comes to battling ACTA. If you may recall, ACTA is basically an attempt by the US to impose upon the rest of the world draconian measures like three strikes laws and the DMCA. All parties within the European Parliament have together put forth a resolution that would effectively tackle ACTA.
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Three strikes in the USA?
by melgross on Tue 9th Mar 2010 17:46 UTC
melgross
Member since:
2005-08-12

Where do we have that here? We don't. This is a European concept that started with the French, I believe. We don't have that here. There isn't any law that states that.

Don't blame us for your own problems please. You do a lot of things there that we consider to be bad. Should we mention those?

A lot of what we see happening in Europe is being excused as coming from the USA when it's not. At times, that just an excuse for doing something distasteful that your governments want to do anyway.

Edited 2010-03-09 17:47 UTC

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Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

A lot of what we see happening in Europe is being excused as coming from the USA when it's not. At times, that just an excuse for doing something distasteful that your governments want to do anyway.


Uhm, this has nothing to do with that. The entire internet chapter of ACTA has been written solely by the US delegation. THAT is why we blame the US.

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melgross Member since:
2005-08-12

If they weren't happy with the idea, they would never have accepted it.

The EU is VERY protective of what it thinks is its rights when it involves business, telling the US what it can do, while not allowing us to have the same advantage.

If they didn't WANT that act, they would have rejected it.

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RE: Three strikes in the USA?
by r_a_trip on Tue 9th Mar 2010 18:50 in reply to "Three strikes in the USA?"
r_a_trip Member since:
2005-07-06

You do a lot of things there that we consider to be bad. Should we mention those?

Yes, please. It is very rare to hear about the "dark side" of Europe from an external viewpoint (except when it is about anti-trust regulation). I for one am genuinely interested how the EU is viewed outside of its borders.

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melgross Member since:
2005-08-12

For one thing, in Europe, freedom of the press is considered to be secondary to "privacy" whatever that means. In the US, Google would never have been convicted for that video having been put up, even though Google removed it as soon as they were told about it.

That concerns us here, where we believe that freedom of the press is of paramount importance, though we do consider privacy to be important as well.

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