SOPA Was a Distraction: ACTA Is Targeting the World

You know when you kill the bad guy, but it turns out he was just a foil for a greater villain?

Well, SOPA may be dead, but ACTA has been lurking in the shadows this whole time, gathering strength and support for the final climactic battle — not just with the US, but with the world. The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement seeks to establish international standards on intellectual property rights enforcement.

ACTA’s legal scope is as chilling as SOPA’s:

ACTA encourages service providers to collect and provide information about suspected infringers by giving them “safe harbor from certain legal threats”. Similarly, it provides for criminalization of copyright infringement on a commercial scale, granting law enforcement the powers to perform criminal investigation, arrests and pursue criminal citations or prosecution of suspects who may have infringed on copyright on a commercial scale. It also allows criminal investigations and invasive searches to be performed against individuals for whom there is no probable cause, and in that regard weakens the presumption of innocence and allows what would in the past have been considered unlawful searches.

United States, Australia, Canada, Japan, Morocco, New Zealand, Singapore, and South Korea have already signed the treaty, and Poland will be doing so within the next few days. The European Union, Mexico, and Switzerland have to yet sign the treaty, but did profess their support and have until March 31, 2013 to sign.

The European Parliament allegedly has the final decision over whether the treaty will be dismissed or enacted, so don’t put down your torches and pitchforks just yet — there’s still more protesting to be done.


via Destructoid

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5 Comments on SOPA Was a Distraction: ACTA Is Targeting the World

quicktooth

On January 24, 2012 at 5:02 am

. Dammit Australian government- I said NOT to sign away my rights. Stupid bloody government.

Mortimer McMire

On January 24, 2012 at 6:35 am

If SOPA didn’t pass, this won’t pass either.

Warp

On January 24, 2012 at 2:58 pm

New internet meme in formation..

The US goverment, We just dont know when to stop.

Not that other countrys are not any less morons for supporting it but still it seems like every stupid anti piracy law comes out of the US, You guys need to get your goverment under control already.

psycros

On January 25, 2012 at 6:59 pm

If SOPA didn’t pass, this won’t pass either.

Don’t bet on it. The US government is currently being run by far-left globalist maniacs who want to make America into the new Eurozone. Their printing money like lottery tickets, attacking anyone who tries to stop the invasion of illegal immigrants (aka thieves, drug dealers, etc.) and running roughshod over the Constitution and Bill of Rights. At this point a collapse or revolution are only a matter of time.

Megaloman

On February 23, 2012 at 11:55 am

Any update on this?

One of these acts is going to pass eventually. Maybe that’s what the world needs to wake up and seriously fight for our rights.