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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RE: Three strikes in the USA?
by r_a_trip on Tue 9th Mar 2010 18:50 UTC 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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DirtyHarry Member since:
2006-01-31

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.


I can asure you that for a lot of EU citizens it is a serious issue too. However, we take into account that this took place in Italy ;-)

But serious: how is it that this issue concerns you (and you're right!), but the whole DMCA/ACTA stuff not?

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SReilly Member since:
2006-12-28

You have got to be kidding me!

I've just watched eight years of media harassment by your last presidential administration. I've personally spoken to recording artists, an industry I am much involved in, who have repeatedly stated that they where at the time scared to speak out about Bush and his criminal cronies in case they would come under sever scrutiny. There are countless tales of the same thing happening with the press as well. That would never fly in Europe without there being one hell of a sh*t storm.

As for privacy, you say you care about it but in actual fact you have none and have done nothing to stop the above mentioned criminals from taking it away from you. How else do you explain the Patriot Act? Again, something like the Patriot Act would not fly over here without serious consequences.

I rest my case.

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darknexus Member since:
2008-07-15

For one thing, in Europe, freedom of the press is considered to be secondary to "privacy" whatever that means.


Sounds like a good thing to me. Our so-called freedom of the press has gotten to the point where privacy doesn't exist anymore, and many of these slimeball reporters will gladly watch people die, or get blown apart, or undergo the worst trauma of their lives just so they can get their precious story. The press could do with a bit less freedom where privacy is concerned, especially when the person they're going after tells them to back the **** off and they don't.

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Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

For one thing, in Europe, freedom of the press is considered to be secondary to "privacy" whatever that means


Stop talking before you make a total ass of yourself.
a) there's no "Europe". Every country have their own laws, regulations and courts.
b) Many countries in Europe are more free than the U.S and protect their citizens privacy better. Some are less so.

though we do consider privacy to be important as well.

Really? You do? You had me fooled.

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