ACTA: SOPA’s Evil Twin
First it was the Pro-IP Act of 2008, and then it came back as PIPA before it transformed into the monstrous SOPA. After standing together and facing the beast, thought that they had silenced the beast, but just as they thought that they were safe the evil ACTA appeared to terrorize the masses.
That’s right, ACTA (the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement) is pretty much on the same line as the terrible SOAP Act, but this time it’s trying to take over the world—sort of.
ACTA establishes international standards for intellectual property rights enforcement, which like SOPA, can cross lines that infringe the rights of our free speech and expression.
The Polish government has said on Jan. 19 that they would sign it, and even though the whole country like the U.S. were up in arms and protesting by shutting down websites, the Act was signed by a number of major countries like the Polish government as well as the United States, the rest of the European Union, Australia, Canada, Japan, Morocco, New Zealand, Singapore, and South Korea.
The scary part about this, besides the whole not being able to do anything on the internet, is that the only reason why the public knows about this is because of the discussion paper being uploaded to Wikileaks.
As we speak, the seconds counting down towards the possible destruction of an internet where the world is able to share and receive information about all that is around them are rapidly ticking away. Major leaders all over the world are talking about a SOPA type act on the world’s scale that may be passed in secret, and meanwhile people like you reading this right now don’t even have a clue.
Now the world may not really blow up or anything like that because of ACTA passing, but it is very important to point out again that the guidelines set in place to regulate the internet and prevent against piracy do hinder our civil and digital rights that we hold so dearly. This blog that you’re reading right now is the perfect example of what could no longer be a part of the internet.
And that just sucks.