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ACTA in a Nutshell –

What is ACTA?  ACTA is the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement. A new intellectual property enforcement treaty being negotiated by the United States, the European Community, Switzerland, and Japan, with Australia, the Republic of Korea, New Zealand, Mexico, Jordan, Morocco, Singapore, the United Arab Emirates, and Canada recently announcing that they will join in as well.

Why should you care about ACTA? Initial reports indicate that the treaty will have a very broad scope and will involve new tools targeting “Internet distribution and information technology.”

What is the goal of ACTA? Reportedly the goal is to create new legal standards of intellectual property enforcement, as well as increased international cooperation, an example of which would be an increase in information sharing between signatory countries’ law enforcement agencies.

Essential ACTA Resources

  • Read more about ACTA here: ACTA Fact Sheet
  • Read the authentic version of the ACTA text as of 15 April 2011, as finalized by participating countries here: ACTA Finalized Text
  • Follow the history of the treaty’s formation here: ACTA history
  • Read letters from U.S. Senator Ron Wyden wherein he challenges the constitutionality of ACTA: Letter 1 | Letter 2 | Read the Administration’s Response to Wyden’s First Letter here: Response
  • Watch a short informative video on ACTA: ACTA Video
  • Watch a lulzy video on ACTA: Lulzy Video

Say NO to ACTA. It is essential to spread awareness and get the word out on ACTA.

Via Tumblr


If you are in the US, the only thing I know of is this petition, which requires 25000 signatures in 30 days for any sort of response:!/petition/end-acta-and-protect-our-right-privacy-internet/MwfSVNBK

There are only 3000 signatures right now.

I don't know what options there are in other countries, but again, for the US, I imagine calling Senators would be a course of action. It worked on the surface for SOPA and PIPA, at least, and it at least sends the message that this is not okay.

If you do, though, [personal profile] opusculus notes that it has been signed already so it is probably worthwhile to mention that you know that and are protesting it anyway.

ETA: this tumblr post has more global resources for how you can protest ACTA.

Date: 2012-01-24 11:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
This ACTA business is scary. I've signed all the petitions I can (there seem to be a few floating about; I wasn't sure which one was most effective, so I just signed them all) but I think the reason people don't seem to be worrying about this one so much & doing as much as they did with SOPA is because SOPA is over & done with now & now and ACTA's popped up people are like ...oh, another one. It's almost like the novelty of protesting has worn off for some people, or something.

I hope they don't go through with this. It's almost like '1984'; we might not have any privacy whatsoever, & that's only the start of it.

Date: 2012-01-24 11:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
It's terrible. I know my country will not adhere to ACTA because a) the government will not side with an European idea and b) there's almost no Internet legislation to begin with.

But I know how terrible a law like this will be, not only in terms of how it affects my online life but also in principle. I don't like when governments intrudes into people's means of expression... it's a slippery slope if I've ever seen one.

Date: 2012-01-25 02:11 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
This is mind boggling to me, like, there are some aspects of it that seem in hindsight like a good idea, but then others and feels like... it's amazing like how much our lives are controlled by the government. I mean, they're essentially controlling what we see and what we know, it's like we can't get over this sense of paternalism, these decisions are being made by a few choice people who, most likely, do not know anything about how we function?

And what scares me is that people don't know!

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