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* ACTA is policy laundering in which an international negotiation is used to circumvent democratic debates at national or European level and adopt policy that the Parliaments will have no choice but to reject completely or adopt as a whole. Congress might not even be consulted in the case of the United States.
* The promoters and drafters of ACTA have created a mixed bag of titles, types of infringement and enforcement measures, in which life-endangering fake products and organized crime activities are considered together with non-for-profit activities that play a role in access to knowledge, innovation, culture and freedom of expression. ACTA would create a de facto presumption of infringement.
*In the negotiations, the EU is pushing the worse parts of the former directive proposal on criminal sanctions for IPR enforcement (IPRED 2, withdrawn because of uncertain legal basis), that is criminal sanctions for abetting or inciting to infringement.
Originally posted by Equinox99
The fact is that everything these guys put out is over-priced. The artists will only see about $.15 on every album if he/she is lucky. They are the last to be paid after they have paid the producers, sound engineers, A&R's, CD press company, and the list goes on and on.
I understand that it is hypocritical, but these industries are run by a bunch of crooks. The artists is starved, the only money they see is if they do a tour. Which in time, watch, they will get screwed over for.
Of course it affects me. I am posting from the net right now. I LOVE the internet and use it a lot. But if the government comes in a ruins it and tries to use it to get us in trouble I wont use it any more. I wont give that power to them. If they want it that bad take it then with your oppressive laws and taxes and fines. Ill just go play somewhere else, and adapt like humans have for eons.
Originally posted by optimus primal
reply to post by hotbakedtater
the internet is supposed to be a bastion of knowledge. simply saying " i'll just get rid of it if that happens" is part of the problem. because it doesn't just affect you, it affects everyone who wants to learn anything about anything without having to pay thousands of dollars for college tuition for their field of interest. you'd deny others the right to knowledge simply because it's inconvenient for you to speak out against attacks on net neutrality?
keeping people from knowledge is, to me, evil. what do they say about evil? it's allowed to prosper because good men(or women) do nothing to stop it.
i am not trying to attack you, for when reading my replies to you it could appear that way, only the thought that " if it doesn't affect me directly, it's not my problem".
All over the globe we have various stages of internet censorship and regulation with the mainstream media in overdrive to also label particular internet communities and themes as undesirable. The process has already begun (I actually think that the onset of the internet necessarily required its' initial growth for the purpose of gauging how it would effect the populace in order to better define where internet legislation would be directed.
It's a very real concern in that the implementation of a global social network necessarily is going to effect the capacity of older societal controls and media propagation. Allowing the people who pull the strings to decide how and when we can communicate is disingenious...as communication is the foundation of our society.