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[2]: Three strikes in the USA?
by melgross on Tue 9th Mar 2010 19:17 UTC in reply to "RE: Three strikes in the USA?"
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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SReilly Member since:
2006-12-28

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.

Dude, that's like the pot calling the kettle black. It goes both ways.

One good example is the U.S.'s fixation on Cuba, something we Europeans consider to be verging on hysteria. The US decided that the Cuban trade blockade should extended to the rest of the world, driving the Cuban people further into poverty, a policy that doesn't actually help you guys get rid of Castro, by the way. You declare that any aircraft or ship that makes port in Cuba cannot make port in the US for at least six months. Upon hearing this, Europe decides it will not be pushed around and declares that for every aircraft or ship that is denied port on those terms, two US aircraft or ships will be denied port in Europe for at least one year. You should have seen how fast the US backed off on that policy.

In the end, it's our right to defend ourself against the USs bullying tactics. I'm glad the EP has taken a stand, you guys try to abuse your power far too much and as we Europeans don't have the military capacity to rattle out sabers, we are going to use what we do have that can hurt you, by far the larger of the two's trading power.

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boldingd Member since:
2009-02-19

In the end, it's our right to defend ourself against the USs bullying tactics. I'm glad the EP has taken a stand, you guys try to abuse your power far too much and as we Europeans don't have the military capacity to rattle out sabers, we are going to use what we do have that can hurt you, by far the larger of the two's trading power.


That is a seriously warped world-view. The whole reason that most EU states get away with not having much of an army of their own is because the U.S. -- they guys with the biggest military of any single nation on Earth -- is guaranteeing their security from outside threats for them. Our military is a benefit for you, not a threat. The whole reason, for example, that Japan can be right next to China, with the history they have an tension between those states that exists, and not have a standing army is because the U.S. has kindly pledged our own military to their defence! Not to mention that it's pretty much nothing short of ridiculous to try to claim that military competition enters into US/EU trade negotiations.

And I may point out, the original point is valid. The U.S. does not have Three Strikes laws. If ACTA is ratified, it'll actually create a whole raft of onerous new requirements for U.S. citizens too -- and the U.S. public is being kept just much in the dark as everyone else is. In my never-humble opinion, the ACTA is just as much an effort to sneak crazy new regulations past the U.S. legislature as it is to force anything onto the European Union; it's an effort that's being lead by some other interested group to co-opt both the U.S. and E.U.'s internet policies, not some diabolical plot by the U.S. government to force the E.U. to do things our way.

Edited 2010-03-09 20:51 UTC

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