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Stop the ACTA (Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement)

April 11, 2010 by

I blogged a year ago about the “Secret intellectual property treaty [that] could profoundly change life on the Internet.” At the time, the text was still secret but it was believed that the treaty: “seeks to set forth standards for enforcing cases of alleged copyright and patent infringement.” Now, as Cory Doctorow notes in How ACTA will change the world’s internet laws, the text has been leaked. This thing is bad. America and the west have long tried to extend the reach of their mercantalist IP laws — they use the WTO to twist the arms of other countries, etc. (see, e.g., my previous posts Hatch’s “International IP Piracy Priority Watch List”; IP Imperialism (Russia, Intellectual Property , and the WTO)); Russian Free Trade and Patents; Bush Wants More Jailed Citizens in Russia and China; China, India like US Patent Reform).

The ACTA is also similar to another arcane law, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), which, under the guise of protecting “property rights,” snuck in provisions that criminalize even the mere possession of technology that can be used to circumvent digital protection systems (see, e.g., my post TI Uses Copyright Law to Attack TI Calculator Enthusiasts). Likewise, under the guise or protecting property rights in inventions and artistic works (patent and copyright), it “seeks to provide legal authority for the surveillance of Internet file transfers and searches of personal property”. As one group notes, “ACTA goes way, way beyond the TRIPS (the copyright/patent/trademark stuff in the World Trade Organization agreement), creating an entirely new realm of liability for people who provide services on the net”. More invasion of personal liberty and property rights in the name of false, artificial property rights.

So the ACTA is like a hybrid of previous efforts: it is as abusive and insidious as the DMCA, and covers patents as well as copyrights. And it will apply worldwide. This is culmination of America’s efforts use of the WTO to extend western style IP rights worldwide. As Doctorw notes, this is “a radical rewriting of the world’s Internet laws, taking place in secret, without public input. Public input? Hell, even Members of Parliament and Congressmembers don’t get a say in this. The Obama administration’s trade rep says that the US will sign onto ACTA without Congressional debate, under an administrative decree.”

{ 5 comments }

newson April 11, 2010 at 6:44 pm

similarly liberticide moves by the british lower house in rushing through this bill:
http://bit.ly/cyN3ji

newson April 11, 2010 at 6:48 pm

objectivists will be pleased about the international standardization of legislation.

Civdis April 11, 2010 at 7:52 pm

The usual qualifier goes something like: “now I don’t encourage anyone not to pay taxes, but…” But how much of my money helps to lower my own standard of living? How much is going into bills helping to destroy markets, our only protection against the Malthusian population problem? How much of my money has gone into the genocide of middle-easterners? What are the numbers now? I know it broke a million a couple years ago in Iraq alone. 1 cent is beyond what I can morally accept. I always hold my breath, with all my hope being put into what I consider the most important invention man has ever created: the internet. If this is taken away… well, my naive hope is that people remain peaceful in their decent.

Peter April 11, 2010 at 9:54 pm

how much of my money helps to lower my own standard of living? How much is going into bills helping to destroy markets, our only protection against the Malthusian population problem? How much of my money has gone into the genocide of middle-easterners

All of it. Every red cent.

now I don’t encourage anyone not to pay taxes

I can’t imagine why not.

marxbites April 12, 2010 at 4:28 pm

It’s clearly waaaaaay past time to stop lending any scrap legitimacy or in cooperating with this counterproductive to freedom govt and FED of murderous thieving parasites.

This govt makes KGIIIs depredations upon the colonists seem as mosquito bites.

Are we Americans for freedom at any cost or subsevient get along wimps dodging few if any mosquitos.

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