I ran into this one on techdirt and wanted to share it here. We are against what ACTA stands for (our site in compare wants and encourages free speech and free thought). But it is such a good read that i felt a true need to share it here.
From the TechDirt Site:
The dramatic announcement that the EU’s rapporteur on ACTA, David Martin, would be recommending that the European Parliament should reject the treaty was made at the end of a morning conference on the subject organized by Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament. One of those speaking in favor of ACTA at that meeting was Helienne Lindvall, a professional songwriter and musician, who has now blogged about it:
I was told to prepare a five-minute speech, so apart from speaking of the reality musicians are facing, I spent days reading the actual agreement, different points of views on it, as well as looking into the different issues it deals with, to make sure I knew what was being discussed. I’d heard from the Pirate party as well as some other action groups that it would impede freedom of speech so naturally I was concerned — after all, musicians rely on freedom of expression, as do journalists. I was surprised to find that Acta would do nothing of the sort.
That’s curious, since Amnesty International does indeed see ACTA as a threat to freedom of speech — and much else:
Amnesty International believes the pact’s content, process, and institutional structure impact in a number of ways on human rights — especially the rights to due process, privacy, freedom of information, freedom of expression, and access to essential medicines.
There is more information that they share on the site and do encourage you to check it out for yourself. The insert above is what really caught my eye and wanted to really focus on here. So the question i have for everyone is this…Do you think ACTA is a good idea or is it a way for everyone to lock out everything we have fought for?
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