Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 12th Mar 2010 23:18 UTC
In the News And thus, our true colours reveal. Since Obama was the young newcomer, technically savvy, many of us were hoping that he might support patent and/or copyright reform. In case our story earlier on this subject didn't already tip you off, this certainly will: Obama has sided squarely with the RIAA/MPAA lobby, and backs ACTA. No copyright and/or patent reform for you, American citizens!
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LB06
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2005-07-06

It's you who's missing the point. ACTA will not be redefining copyright law. It will just make it easier for authorities to repress copyright violations at the expense of civil rights and freedom. That's what this is about.

It's about how the ends do not justify the means. It's about how in a murder investigation the police is not allowed to do a search without probable cause or a signed warrant, while ACTA would grant them this right. And for what? For copyright infringement?

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license_2_blather Member since:
2006-02-05

Define "authority".

The problem with DMCA, ACTA and its ilk is that they aim to allow copyright holders, with little effort, to impose their will on the citizenry without due process. The RIAA/MPAA are not law enforcement, and even real law enforcement can't legally do that ("antiterrorism" activities notwithstanding, though I'm leaving that one alone for now).

If a copyright holder thinks someone is infringing, then gather the evidence and take them to court. I really don't see what is wrong with that approach.

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