jeudi 2 février 2012
i recently heard that my country signed ACTA
i feel so fuc*ed once again...
and not a single news paper talk about this...
In usa, people just become crazy when they see "SOPA"... here, you can talk about ACTA, no one know what it is...
The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA)
is a plurilateral agreement for the purpose of establishing international standards for intellectual property rights enforcement. The agreement aims to establish an international legal framework for targeting counterfeit goods, generic medicines and copyright infringement on the Internet, and would create a new governing body outside existing forums, such as the World Trade Organization, the World Intellectual Property Organization, or the United Nations
The agreement was signed on 1 October 2011 by Australia, Canada, Japan, Morocco, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea and the United States. In January 2012, the European Union and 22 of its member states signed as well, bringing the total number of signatories to 31. After ratification by 6 states, the convention will come into force.
Supporters have described the agreement as a response to "the increase in global trade of counterfeit goods and pirated copyright protected works", while opponents have lambasted it for its potentially adverse effects on fundamental civil and digital rights, including freedom of expression and communication privacy.
Others, such as the Electronic Frontier Foundation, have derided the exclusion of civil society groups, developing countries and the general public from the agreement's negotiation process and have described it as policy laundering.
The signature of the EU and many of its member states resulted in the resignation in protest of the European Parliament's appointed rapporteur, as well as widespread protests across Poland.