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The ACTA Fight Returns: What Is At Stake & What You Can Do 82

An anonymous reader writes "The reverberations from the SOPA fight continue to be felt in the U.S. and elsewhere, but it is the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement that has captured increasing attention this week. Several months after the majority of ACTA participants signed the agreement, most European Union countries formally signed the agreement yesterday (notable exclusions include Germany, the Netherlands, Estonia, Cyprus and Slovakia). Michael Geist has a full rundown on what is at stake and what you can do, wherever you live."
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The ACTA Fight Returns: What Is At Stake & What You Can Do

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  • What you can do? (Score:5, Insightful)

    by geminidomino ( 614729 ) on Friday January 27, 2012 @05:00PM (#38844849) Journal

    Bend over, grab your ankles, and hold your breath.

    This is why those scumbags let SOPA sputter so easily. They knew this was in the pipe. How's that "victory" taste now? Yeah, thought so.

    Until there's actually some tangible consequences to stop them doing so, you'd all (and that goes for everyone in any country) best come to grips with the fact that you exist to be boned in the bottom by your governments.

  • Full rundown...not (Score:5, Insightful)

    by kiwimate ( 458274 ) on Friday January 27, 2012 @05:36PM (#38845285) Journal

    Michael Geist has a full rundown on what is at stake

    No, he doesn't. He rambles on about how it's controversial and terrible and stinky, but doesn't say why. He says India has raised concerns about how it interacts with TRIPS, but doesn't bother to say what TRIPS is, or even what the acronym stands for. (Neither does the linked article on

    If you don't already know exactly what ACTA is, then it's a waste of time reading it. Nowhere does he say what's at stake. He just says "here's how to contact someone about it, and you should because it's a bad thing (insert jedi hand wave))"

  • by jesseck ( 942036 ) on Friday January 27, 2012 @06:06PM (#38845609)
    I think part of the problem is no one knows that ACTA is, exactly. My understanding when ACTA came to a year ago was that different versions were released so they could track who leaked ACTA.
  • Kill Hollywood. (Score:4, Insightful)

    by unity100 ( 970058 ) on Friday January 27, 2012 @06:26PM (#38845795) Homepage Journal

    They are the carriage industry refusing to die, and blocking progress. Kill hollywood. fix your problems. and no - 'dont buy their stuff' will not work. they already have enough money to buy lawmakers until the end of century. find another way. best would be to buy lawmakers ourselves. internet/tech companies need to spearhead this shopping spree.

Someone is unenthusiastic about your work.