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Complete ACTA text leaked online - at last

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posted on Mar, 25 2010 @ 10:01 AM
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Complete ACTA text leaked online - at last


www.theregister.co.uk

After weeks of extracts of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) being published on the interwebs, a French digital rights group has finally leaked a complete copy of the deal online.

La Quadrature du Net published a consolidated version of the ACTA text dated 18 January, 2010.

"This document contains information that is to be treated as Foreign government confidential," it reads.
(visit the link for the full news article)




posted on Mar, 25 2010 @ 10:01 AM
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I am not up to date on this particular agreement, though I am sure some of our European members may have a good idea of what this news means.

There are links to a pdf and another to a transcript at the bottom of the source article.

It seems that this document has been kept secret despite efforts to have the details known, well the cat's out of the bag for now.



www.theregister.co.uk
(visit the link for the full news article)



posted on Mar, 25 2010 @ 10:14 AM
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Doesn't the Obama Administration have a liaison at these meetings with regard to the possible implementation and recognition here? I can't find the link to this but, I have heard this mentioned on C2C a few months back!

Zindo



posted on Mar, 25 2010 @ 10:14 AM
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The Pirate Bay has had it on their site since the 10th of March.

thepiratebay.org...

Looks like they have been busy in those back rooms behind closed doors

[edit on 25-3-2010 by WWJFKD]



posted on Mar, 25 2010 @ 10:26 AM
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Honestly I have no clue in regards to this agreement, but it did seem pretty shady for it to be held so close to the vest.

Thanks for the additional link WWJFKD


I am interested to hear what it is in the agreement that demanded so much secrecy.



posted on Mar, 25 2010 @ 10:27 AM
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You gotta love The Pirate Bay

second line



posted on Mar, 25 2010 @ 12:39 PM
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Found an interesting link about this:




Canada and a number of other countries are planning to create a NAFTA-style body that would police copyright, and would be empowered to seize and/or destroy property without a court order. This agency -- whose creation wouldn't have to be approved by the legislature, according to some reports, because it deals with international trade matters -- would also have the power to force Internet service providers to divulge information about their customers without requiring a warrant.


www.theglobeandmail.com...



posted on Mar, 25 2010 @ 01:22 PM
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So basically they're trying to take what they're already doing behind closed doors, and make it legal and binding...literally.

I wonder if they can beat any number of the plethora of proxies available on the net?

Get a proxy people...they work. Really paranoid...enable encryption on it. Even your ISP wants you to do this, as they won't be able to give them information they don't have.

EDIT: List of Free Reliable Proxies: Click Here

[edit on 25-3-2010 by lagnar]



posted on Mar, 25 2010 @ 11:03 PM
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That reference is from 08, are you saying that has come to fruition?

I am still in the dark



posted on Mar, 26 2010 @ 05:55 AM
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I dont get it? why so little replies? this is a big thing. all of Europe will be open to them to use this to get YOU. you just lost the last of your human rights.
why are they not fighting linux? that has to much freedom.

its not copy right they are after. it is the power to arrest you and search your home. because they think your Jeans are fake!!! Any thing can be a copy/ fake. this is a breach of human rights. so get on your knees keep quiet work hard. because the dictators need the money.



posted on Mar, 26 2010 @ 08:43 AM
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This is INCREDIBLY important.

...It's the final legal piece that secures global economic and political power for the Corporate NWO - by securing legal ownership of the Internet for international mega-corporations.

ACTA - the so-called "Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement" - is the final step in establishing "International Trade Law" as the relevant legal system governing everyone in every nation, and securing absolute economic and political power for international mega-corporations.

Forget human rights, civil rights, free speech and the free press.

Forget blaming "the government." The "government" has no power anymore - only international mega-corporations do.


Another link to the ACTA text:

en.swpat.org...




What's in it?

* Intermediaries, such as ISPs, can be required to remove or block files at the request of the holder of any copyright, patent, trademark, or any other form of "intellectual property", without a court case

* ISPs can be forced to hand over identifying information about Internet users to right holders, without a court case

* Circumventing or removing a "technical protection mechanism" becomes illegal




The history:

1. Canada-US Free Trade negotiations (1986-1989) - resulted in a signed agreement in principle - and the first time Intellectual Property Rights were protected under International Law.

The key clauses a) define information as a commodity, and b) stipulate that whomever digitalizes/computerizes the information owns the commodity.

NOTE: Anything that can be scanned, digitalized or otherwise computerized is thereby a privately-owned commodity - including your DNA and the code running the public Internet - and a helluva lot more.

2. The Intellectual Property Rights terms were adopted by NAFTA and the GATT.

3. The GATT was dissolved and replaced by the World Trade Organization (WTO) - and the WTO adopted the terms for Intellectual Property Rights definition and protection.

4. The WTO tweaked the Intellectual Property Rights in the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights, aka TRIPS.

5. Now we have ACTA - the "Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement" - which puts virtually EVERYTHING relevant to your rights and freedoms under the control of international mega-corporations.


Each step of the way, mega-corporations' lawyers tweaked and strengthened the terms to fully secure corporate ownership of the public Net - through key Intellectual Property Rights definitions.

Please, read the texts, track the history, do your own analysis - and share it!








[edit on 26-3-2010 by soficrow]



posted on Mar, 26 2010 @ 10:36 AM
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would also have the power to force Internet service providers to divulge information about their customers without requiring a warrant.


That's the important part, from my understanding of the recent ACTA document, they're still trying to force this measure through AND trying to keep it quiet. The law probably will get passed and we won't know about it until people are seizing our computers.

This isn't just about what we download - it will also be about what we look at and what we share with the internet - quite probably what we post here.

Think if you make a tongue in cheek remark, say "Fudge the government, X should be hung" - someone can follow that up, search through your stuff etc - so what? They can already do this, it just becomes easier... it's also easier to inconvenience peoples lives much more easily.

Party A is quite vocal about their dislike of the government, puts forward decent research, makes people aware etc - all that needs to be done is to find an illegal download, maybe even just one and life goes off track, being dragged through the court system, or just simply removing web access?



posted on Mar, 26 2010 @ 12:09 PM
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Originally posted by jokei
reply to post by JacKatMtn
 


reply to post by lagnar
 




would also have the power to force Internet service providers to divulge information about their customers without requiring a warrant.


- so what? They can already do this, it just becomes easier... it's also easier to inconvenience peoples lives much more easily.

...- all that needs to be done is to find an illegal download, ...



"Rights holders" are getting ABSOLUTE POWER with this legislation under International Law - which means that national laws and protections won't count. At all.

This isn't about what you think. It's not about illegal downloading. Forget music and movies.

...Under International Law, virtually everything is defined as "information" and so, as a privately owned commodity - protected as Intellectual Property.

Never mind they don't need a warrant - mega-corporations can seize "their" property, and keep it without a court case to prove ownership. ...That includes the Free Web and everything on it - because they'll claim ownership of key code that makes it possible.


From the ACTA text:

en.swpat.org...

....The key term is "holder."




What's in it?

* Intermediaries, such as ISPs, can be required to remove or block files at the request of the holder of any copyright, patent, trademark, or any other form of "intellectual property", without a court case

* ISPs can be forced to hand over identifying information about Internet users to right holders, without a court case

* Circumventing or removing a "technical protection mechanism" becomes illegal




What do you think will happen when a mega-corporation claims they are the rights holder of information you posted? ...Or that they are the rights holder of code that allowed you to create or distribute your stuff online? ...and they don't need a warrant and you're not allowed to defend yourself in court?

...please, think this through.



posted on Mar, 26 2010 @ 12:37 PM
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just off the top of my head,

wouldn't [some form of a] 'Adverse Possession' counter action come into play,

seeing as I/we were all squatters to the internet-code which transmitted the info.... regardless of who owned or controlled the digital-territory

[edit on 26-3-2010 by St Udio]



posted on Mar, 26 2010 @ 02:53 PM
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Originally posted by St Udio
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just off the top of my head,

wouldn't [some form of a] 'Adverse Possession' counter action come into play,



Nope. Read the legislation. It gives all powers to those who claim they hold the Intellectual Property Rights - without warrants, court cases, nada. And it's international law, individual rights and freedoms don't come into play, nor any national or state protections.

...So, if push comes to shove, and you're shut down by a mega-corporation who claims you infringed their rights - who are you to question that? where will you take your case? who will you get to listen to your side of the story? how will you -or any small business- proceed?

...and even if there was a process (which there isn't), how can individuals or small businesses stand up to the international mega-corporations who run the show?



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