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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Are we stupid or what?
by twitterfire on Wed 5th Oct 2011 12:37 UTC
twitterfire
Member since:
2008-09-11

Why do EU citizens let US try to enforce their stupid laws in EU? ACTA isn't the only toxic law they try to shove down our throats. In the name of "defense of intellectual property", "war on terrorism", "think of the children" they tried multiple times to pass some laws which can affect our freedom, rights and privacy. Last time I've checked, EU isn't under US sovereignty.

We should make clear to them that this is unacceptable. After all, we don try to coerce them to pass laws or to do anything. As a matter of reciprocity, they shouldn't try to interfere with our internal affairs.

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RE: Are we stupid or what?
by bolomkxxviii on Wed 5th Oct 2011 13:51 in reply to "Are we stupid or what?"
bolomkxxviii Member since:
2006-05-19

Please don't blame the US citizens. We don't want these laws here in the US or in other countries. We did not get the chance to vote on them. Not that voting matters anymore. If voting made a difference the government would ban it. The last three presidents had a hand in passing this illegal mess. Both parties supported it because members of the RIAA poured millions into their pockets. "Land of the free" is just a memory.

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Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

Please don't blame the US citizens.


Fully agreed. Out of experience - Americans rock. I'm not being sarcastic - I really like you guys. I'd take the average American over the average Dutchman anytime.

Edited 2011-10-05 14:00 UTC

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twitterfire Member since:
2008-09-11

Please don't blame the US citizens.
I'm not blaming the regular US citizens, I'm blaming "The Man".

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RE: Are we stupid or what?
by tomcat on Wed 5th Oct 2011 17:40 in reply to "Are we stupid or what?"
tomcat Member since:
2006-01-06

Why do EU citizens let US try to enforce their stupid laws in EU?


Because there's a reciprocal benefit to both parties.

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RE[2]: Are we stupid or what?
by Soulbender on Wed 5th Oct 2011 18:42 in reply to "RE: Are we stupid or what?"
Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

Right, but only in the way that any extortion scheme has reciprocal benefits. You don't get your store trashed, we get some money...

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