Apparently 22 member states wasted a huge amount of resources signing the ACTA treaty.
If the current version had in some way been publicized previously they might have had a vague chance of it not causing a multinational revolt across Europe.
The internet population already know how to mobilize… they are SOPA trained. It is easy to slip something past novices who are timid.
The internet is now full of battle veterans confident in their ability to use the skills they have learned and the power of their voice to take on governments.
The guy from the European Parliament assigned to investigate ACTA quit in disgust.
Any MEP who votes for the act will be widely publicised, thus harming their chance of re-election and will no doubt subject them to extreme financial scrutiny.
It is likely I will get a few comments accusing me of being a supporter of piracy.
Certainly the act in some ways will affect me as a content publisher on this blog.
It affects me as the product manager of a multimedia publishing platform, uQast.com – our aim there is to help rights owners who create content make money from their own content
I worked in the software and computer games industry for 15 years before devoting myself to online endeavours.
So if anything I should be for ACTA, not against it.
Ultimately I haven’t read it… and that is the primary issue today… secrecy. The act has been signed which may affect the rights of my generation, and that of our children.
Save your bullets – wait until you can see the whites of their eyes. The complete document will leak even if not intentionally published, and then will be time for serious comment.. and action.
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