Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 4th Oct 2011 13:31 UTC
Legal A few days ago, several countries signed ACTA, the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement. As you are probably aware, ACTA was drafted up in secret, and is basically Obama/Biden's attempt to impose the US' draconian pro-big business/big content protection laws on the rest of the world ('sign it, or else'). The European Parliament still has to vote on it, and as such, Douwe Korff, professor of international law at the London Metropolitan University, and Ian Brown senior research fellow at the University of Oxford, performed a 90-page study, with a harsh conclusion: ACTA violates fundamental human rights.
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This ACTA stinks
by apcoelho on Tue 4th Oct 2011 23:17 UTC
apcoelho
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2011-10-04

I believe that is important to maintain intellectual property, this ACTA act in my country - Portugal - violates two important laws or rights:

The first is that the proportion of the punishment to the crime. If the US wants that a single infringement be punish with a fine starting in $150.000 USD, imagine a single MP3 track to be punish in this way. Its completely illegal in my country.

The second, this act wants to invert the "innocent until proven guilty" right, by given the power to punishing without trial, and only by allegations to commit a crime or infringement. This is also illegal in my country, and I believe even in US, but laws are bend to the will of few.

In a few years, if nothing done against these laws-benders, I believe that the Internet as we know will disappear - maybe it appears another "Internet" parallel to the one that exists today, but more free.

Sorry for my English.

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RE: This ACTA stinks
by JAlexoid on Wed 5th Oct 2011 00:21 in reply to "This ACTA stinks"
JAlexoid Member since:
2009-05-19

Innocent until proven guilty, is not really popular outside of common law countries. I bet Portugal, like most other Civil Law countries, have the Schroedinger's Cat of guilt/innocence doctrine. But depriving someone of possessions without a trial is however illegal.

Having studied my own county's constitution a lot, I can say that ACTA would violate the constitution without even touching on human rights issues. And the article that would be violated can't be changed without a 75% approval in a referendum.

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