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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Comment by Laurence
by Laurence on Tue 9th Mar 2010 17:56 UTC
Laurence
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2007-03-26

There is definitely a movement growing against all this stupidity. Even bloggers for the BBC have called for a change: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/8544935.stm .


Things have gotten so stupid these days that it's no longer about wanted your artists to earn from their work and more about the aging industries wanting to control the market by force instead of lead the market with the best products.

The same could be said for many of the patent battles going on too.


And what boils my blood the most is that innocent consumers are the ones that suffer because in the fscked eyes of the DMCA, we're guilty until proven innocent.


I could rant on, but I have a train to catch.....

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RE: Comment by Laurence
by kurgan2001 on Tue 9th Mar 2010 18:34 in reply to "Comment by Laurence"
kurgan2001 Member since:
2008-12-31

And what boils my blood the most is that innocent consumers are the ones that suffer because in the fscked eyes of the DMCA, we're guilty until proven innocent.


Exactly right.

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RE: Comment by Laurence
by boldingd on Tue 9th Mar 2010 21:28 in reply to "Comment by Laurence"
boldingd Member since:
2009-02-19

Heh, that is the general problem, of which many OS News stories are but facets. What was originally intended to be a way to encourage innovation (amusingly) has been twisted into a way to extort a continuous revenue stream out of entire market segments. And because it's immensely profitable to do so, some very wealthy, very entrenched interests have taken to defending the practice through manipulation of the legal system. And they get away with it because the day-to-day affairs of regular citizens aren't affected (in a way they can feel) by the messed-up system, and so don't demand a fix for it -- i.e. "patent reform" doesn't make it into most people's Top 20 List of Problems the Government Should Fix.

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