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Europeans Take to the Streets to Protest ACTA

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Demonstrators believe ACTA will result in censorship and affect free speech.

Thousands of people across Europe took the streets this past weekend in anti-ACTA rallies. According to the BBC, significant marches against ACTA were held in Germany, Poland, and the Netherlands, while 200 protesters gathered in central London to voice their opinions. Those against ACTA believe that the agreement will harm free speech and that it is designed with only content creators in mind.

The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement has been largely criticized and garnered international attention following the high-profile anti-SOPA and anti-PIPA demonstrations earlier this year. ACTA has already been signed by numerous countries, including the United States (which signed it last October), and 22 EU member states. However, though the list of countries that have signed the agreement is long, it has not yet been ratified by any country.

The good news is that word from the Anti-ACTA camp finally seems to be getting through. The BBC reports that Germany last week revealed it would be delaying its signing of the agreement in order to "carry out further discussions." Similarly, Poland, the Czech Republic, and Slovakia have already delayed the process in their countries following pressure from Anti-ACTA supporters. What's more, ZDNet UK today reports that the president of the European Parliament has said that ACTA doesn't offer adequate protection for the rights of internet users in its current form.

"The necessary balance of... protection of copyright on the one hand, and [protection of] users' fundamental rights on the other, is not sufficiently established in this agreement. So, I think it's not good in its current form," he is quoted as saying. 

Unfortunately, ACTA was finalized in November of 2010, following three years of development, so it can't be altered anymore.

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    amk-aka-Phantom , February 13, 2012 3:22 PM
    Quote:
    Unfortunately, ACTA was finalized in November of 2010, following three years of development, so it can't be altered anymore.


    Then cancel it, you hypocrites who keep ranting about "democracy". People don't want this crap, so STFU and get rid of it.
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    nikorr , February 13, 2012 3:36 PM
    Same garbage like the SOPA and PIPA!! Beware!
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    nikorr , February 13, 2012 3:42 PM
    If it is enacted, the airport security could go through the content of your cellphone, your laptop ... + any storage drives including CD/DVD disc's that u have burned at home, we would just loose the privacy.

    And if u own a dvd movie disc and u are going to fly, they can make u delete the movie or u will not board the plane! Same with music, u would have to prove that all the songs in your iPod are legal, or ...

    Who would want to be subject to that. Not me.
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    DjEaZy , February 13, 2012 3:13 PM
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qlFyoEKV0dE
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    alvine , February 13, 2012 3:22 PM
    GO POLAND
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    amk-aka-Phantom , February 13, 2012 3:22 PM
    Quote:
    Unfortunately, ACTA was finalized in November of 2010, following three years of development, so it can't be altered anymore.


    Then cancel it, you hypocrites who keep ranting about "democracy". People don't want this crap, so STFU and get rid of it.
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    mosu , February 13, 2012 3:29 PM
    Please, Germany, don't sign ACTA
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    DjEaZy , February 13, 2012 3:36 PM
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WJIuYgIvKsc
  • 25 Hide
    nikorr , February 13, 2012 3:36 PM
    Same garbage like the SOPA and PIPA!! Beware!
  • 25 Hide
    nikorr , February 13, 2012 3:42 PM
    If it is enacted, the airport security could go through the content of your cellphone, your laptop ... + any storage drives including CD/DVD disc's that u have burned at home, we would just loose the privacy.

    And if u own a dvd movie disc and u are going to fly, they can make u delete the movie or u will not board the plane! Same with music, u would have to prove that all the songs in your iPod are legal, or ...

    Who would want to be subject to that. Not me.
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    srgess , February 13, 2012 3:58 PM
    wtf with the 4 word letter finishing with 'a'. Sopa, pipa, acta , Dicka ?
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    maxinexus , February 13, 2012 4:12 PM
    Ridiculous times. Cant fart without someone putting a patent or trademark on it.
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    mobrocket , February 13, 2012 4:19 PM
    without sopa, pipa, and acta how will the big media companies keep from losing that trillions of dollars they claim they lose...

    doesnt each download = like $10,000
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    amk-aka-Phantom , February 13, 2012 4:24 PM
    gokanisThe problem is that european socialism is not "democracy" in any way shape or form. Here you get shouted down by the left, over there you get fined for speaking your mind. We are well on our way there though.


    But they claim to be. So do the US.
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    toorudez , February 13, 2012 4:31 PM
    While this is going on, secret meetings about the TPP are being held in Hollywood. The MPAA and RIAA just won't rest until they control the internet..
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    nonoitall , February 13, 2012 5:19 PM
    Quote:
    Europeans Takes to the Streets to Protest ACTA

    I hate to nitpick on grammar, but this is the title of a news article.
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    jackbling , February 13, 2012 6:11 PM
    Im not saying ready the molotovs.....but when has peaceful protest changed anything.
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    gamerk316 , February 13, 2012 6:33 PM
    Germany came out last week and said outright they won't sign it. Since the EU requires all 22 memember states to ratify, ACTA is DOA.
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    freggo , February 13, 2012 6:43 PM
    gokanisThe problem is that european socialism is not "democracy" in any way shape or form. Here you get shouted down by the left, over there you get fined for speaking your mind. We are well on our way there though.


    How about the 'democracy' in the USA where you can become President even if you do not have the majority of votes...
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    JMcEntegart , February 13, 2012 7:13 PM
    nonoitallI hate to nitpick on grammar, but this is the title of a news article.


    I know, I'm sorry! Slip of the pinky finger. Should be fixed now.
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    __-_-_-__ , February 13, 2012 7:34 PM
    I joined those protests. Full of cops around. They were treating us like we were nazis but in reality we were just a bunch of nerds and other concerned citizens making a very peaceful protest.
    It's impressing how much lobby this crap has. It's like fighting the entire world alone.
    I just hope anonymous can help.
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    A Bad Day , February 13, 2012 7:58 PM
    nikorrIf it is enacted, the airport security could go through the content of your cellphone, your laptop ... + any storage drives including CD/DVD disc's that u have burned at home, we would just loose the privacy.And if u own a dvd movie disc and u are going to fly, they can make u delete the movie or u will not board the plane! Same with music, u would have to prove that all the songs in your iPod are legal, or ... Who would want to be subject to that. Not me.


    People who have stakes in the media industry?

    But they would probably hire lawyers when a CEO's stash of "strongly sexually suggestive" pictures are dug up from his laptop at the airport and somehow end up on Facebook or Twitter...
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