Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 6th Feb 2012 21:44 UTC
Legal It would seem that freedom of speech and the open web are in better hands in Eastern Europe than they are in Western Europe. After Poland, the Czech Republic is the second country to suspend the process of ratifying ACTA. "A wave of protests against the international agreement, including hackers' attacks, has swollen in the world as well as in the Czech Republic. 'By no means would the government admit a situation where civic freedoms and free access to information would be threatened,' [Czech PM] Necas said." Anyone from either Poland or the Czech Republic care to comment on how serious we have to take their politicians? If a Dutch or an American politician said something like this, I'd be weary and mistrusting.
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No f**ing way
by utumno on Tue 7th Feb 2012 02:59 UTC
utumno
Member since:
2008-02-10

The goobermint in Poland ( and I strongly suspect Czech Rep as well ) has simply adopted a delay tactic. They are waiting for the protests to fade away.

After all, like Rick Falkvinge just showed us, the Swedish goobermint is 'fully on board' with its American overlords. If things like that happen in Sweden, I am scared to think what's going on behind the scenes in potato republics like Poland or the Czech Rep.

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RE: No f**ing way
by kristoph on Tue 7th Feb 2012 03:33 in reply to "No f**ing way"
kristoph Member since:
2006-01-01

No dude, it's not a delay tactic, it's a very unsubtle way of saying to their American friends 'SHOW ME THE MONEY!'.

And you know, the truth is, that the US is almost certainly happy to oblige by making trade commitments or selling weapons at a discount or by providing some other form of 'assistance'.

Sadly, although there is popular resistance to ACTA in Poland, a few billion will go a long way to improving poverty or reducing joblessness or just decreasing public debt and most people care about that more then ACTA (and the government knows that).

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RE[2]: No f**ing way
by Straho on Tue 7th Feb 2012 08:26 in reply to "RE: No f**ing way"
Straho Member since:
2011-09-30

No dude, it's not a delay tactic, it's a very unsubtle way of saying to their American friends 'SHOW ME THE MONEY!'

That isn't so bad, some people could make some money.
Politics in my country do not negotiate anything, they are like a slave who serve to master.
This Sunday Hilary Clinton visit my country and some journalist talk about fraternal feelings between our two nations. I looking for big blue box for a moment I think I'm 30 years back in the time and it's Brezhnev's visit.
I have fraternal feelings to all humans, but some people think about me like a slave.

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RE: No f**ing way
by Soulbender on Tue 7th Feb 2012 12:59 in reply to "No f**ing way"
Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

I am scared to think what's going on behind the scenes in potato republics like Poland or the Czech Rep.


Wow, that's just up there with calling the US a former colony that shouldnt be uppity.

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RE[2]: No f**ing way
by zima on Tue 7th Feb 2012 13:10 in reply to "RE: No f**ing way"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

He's most likely from one of them (where it is... not an uncommon sentiment)

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