The internet chapter of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, a secret copyright treaty whose text Obama’s administration refused to
disclose due to “national security” concerns, has leaked. It’s bad. It says:
* That ISPs have to proactively police copyright on user-contributed material. This means that it will be impossible to run a service like Flickr or
YouTube or Blogger, since hiring enough lawyers to ensure that the mountain of material uploaded every second isn’t infringing will exceed any hope
* That ISPs have to cut off the Internet access of accus
No need for evidence, just a suspicion!
No more net access.
Live in a different country?
They want this to apply all over the world - no more internet access.
The ISP's have to proactively police their own customers, and if they find any suspicion of wrongdoing?
No more internet access.
This may be the first step in an attempt to actually control the net, although it's hard to see ISP's playing ball - after all they'd just be taking
money off themselves.
But if fines were introduced for ISP's that were not proactive enough in their policing?
No more internet access.
Maybe ISP's monitoring blacklisted sites and reporting visits to the "authorities" with one result from those that go to non approved sites.
Yea..Obama.. "The Pro-Internet Guy" strikes again.
Can this guy do anything right?
I am actually going to feel a little sorry for him when the history books are written.
-Edit- now I KNOW this wasnt ALL Obama...but the fact of thematter is he has kept this secret, open transparency at its finest. Lets see howit plays
out, because i have a real hard time believing that they will shut down the internet because of this, cause anyone and everyone who has ever used the
internet has infringed on copyrighted material at least once. Gotta have that new Hannah Montana Movie.
ISPs would be like drug dealing cops; they'd give you a fix then bust you for it. As mentioned they wouldn't be inclined to penalize their own
customers UNLESS they thought of a way to profit from it. Then they'd green light it.
Some of us have moaned for the last 20 years for copyright reform. Perhaps if the naysayers and industry shills had been paying attention rather than
crying about illegal downloaders being thieves they would have seen this coming. You cannot say that you were not warned.
The fact that the terms of this Treaty have been hidden from the scrutiny of the Public under the guise of "National Security" has had me peeved
from Day 1. I'm glad someone finally leaked this to the press.
This is unacceptable, but not a surprise considering the number of RIAA/MPAA lawyers added to the Presidential Cabinet or given positions in the
Burden of Proof should fall upon the Copyright Holders wishing to protect their IP. Without providing Proof, they are falling woefully into the realm
of unconstitutionality. Also, this is extremely burdensome on the ISPs, making them Cops and Enforcers of International Law when our Courts have
routinely upheld that ISPs are not responsible for what their End-Users do.
This is like saying that Car Manufacturers need to enforce Traffic Laws, and will be held accountable when someone uses a car manufactured by them to
speed, drive drunk, or drive while texting!
This is like saying that Gun Manufacturers need to enforce Gun Laws, and will be held accountable when someone uses a gun in a crime, or a felon is in
possession of a firearm!
What this Treaty is demanding is reprehensible on every level. It's clear that the only reason it was given secrecy under the guise of "National
Security" is because no one in their right mind would tolerate even the discussion of such! I am appalled that our Government is seriously
For who's benefit is this Treaty? It certainly isn't for the benefit of the People.
So in essence what they are really distracting is peoples abilities to swap information on the net?! To stop the ability to rise up against the
Government should it go out of control with corrupt ways?!
It makes me wonder why we dont ask congress to call an emergency cession or basically do whatever it takes to take back control of our country... FOR
Originally posted by Seiko
I wasn't sure if this document covered fair use policy?
It actually undermines Fair Use. The Fair Use Act of 1976 has taken one severe hit after another in the last decade in a systematic attempt to undo
the provisions and rights that it granted to the People. The DMCA of 1998, the NET Act of 1997, and the CTEA of 1998 have sadly all but removed Fair
Write to your mla/senators and leaders immediately. Phone them. Draw up a legal document to charge them for TREAON AND FASCISM. ITs time to kick
This is not going down. We have to establish incredible freedom of information and keep a net going with graphics and video. And tell them that they
will never be elected again, and not only that, if they implement it, no one will comply with them ever.
Though I consider youtube to be primarily designed for activism, this actually makes being a PIRATE a very admirable, anti nwo wonderful thing. I
dont believe in any banks, coprorate slavery, patents, or copyright. Today I will be writing, and then phoning our leaders in Canada, and telling all
of this. I think I'm going to order some tshirts from pirates bay and start wearing them, or stencil some up myself. They have wonderful hoodies
Need some inspiration on how to do it:
Stepping Away from the Fear 2/5
Max Igan has wonderful ideas, about contacting them and what to say to them, in letters and phone calls. He also went in to the police station and
laid charges in the Swine flu vaccinations. They can't enforce mandatory vaccines for anyone being investigated.
Its time to set the standard for resistance. The net is well worth doing it.
Current Internet and telephony technology is a joke. Look up professor Hartmut muller and his g-com telephone. This phone allows for instantaneous
communication between parties all over the solar system without radiation, antennas or a service provides. More than a decade has passed now since he
publicly showed this technology.
Why don't you ask your politicians why this isn't installed in every phone.
I thought I would point out something...as all is not lost...yet, any way.
Article VI, paragraph 2, "This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof; and all Treaties made, or
which shall be made, under the Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land; and the Judges in every State shall be bound
thereby, any Thing in the Constitution or Laws of any State to the Contrary notwithstanding."
The same part of our Constitution that makes the Sovereignty of States bow to the Supreme Court, also protects against Treaties that violate Federal
Laws or conflict with the provisions contained within the Constitution and it's Amendments.
However, there is no penalty for enacting Legislation or Treaties that are inherently unconstitutional. Our government does it all the time...and
because of the backlog of cases before the Supreme Court it will take at least a decade before the Supreme Court rules the Treaty unconstitutional,
rendering it null and void.
However, if this Treaty is enacted, you will see a rise of Private Internets Deep Webs, and Darknets that will operate parallel to the Public
And that is something those considering this Treaty should take into consideration. Right now, the Public Internet allows for transparency. If IP
Violations occur, you can track the source of that violation and take legal measures. If you take away the Public Internet, the same IP Violations
will occur, perhaps even in greater numbers, but hidden from view and in such a way that it can not be tracked or stopped. This is not a solution to
any IP problem, but will only make the problem significantly worse.
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