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Member countries to negotiate details for Orwellian anti-piracy legislation

The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement is part of the discussions held at the G8 meeting this year in Tokyo, Japan, as the summit’s member nations iron out differences in copyright law that make international piracy enforcement more difficult.

The majority of reporting on the topic acknowledges ACTA to be a minor note in the overall G8 agenda, and the official G8 summit web site seems to include intellectual property rights as a minor note in its discussions on the World Economy. Other higher-profile topics set for discussion include global warming, the progress of African development, and nuclear nonproliferation talks targeted for North Korea and Iran.

ACTA, first unveiled after being leaked to the public via Wikileaks, has sometimes been lauded by its supporters as “The Pirate Bay-killer,” due to its measures to criminalize the facilitation of copyright infringement on the internet – text arguably written specifically to beat pirate BitTorrent trackers. The accord will place add internet copyright enforcement to international law and force national ISPs to respond to international information requests, and subjects iPods and other electronic devices to ex parte searches at international borders.

The G8 summit runs from Monday, July 7 to Wednesday, July 9. Thus far little news has emerged on ACTA’s progress in the summit, although most expect the treaty’s details to be ironed out before the summit’s end.





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ACT NOW!
By zaxxon on 7/8/2008 9:59:44 AM , Rating: 5
Go out there. VOTE! Write your congress-people, members of parliament, Abgeordnete... whoever pulls the strings in your country!

this MUST be stopped!




RE: ACT NOW!
By seraphim1982 on 7/8/2008 10:18:14 AM , Rating: 2
Yea, your letters will end up with the rest of them.... in the TRASH. You think anyone in US even Canada care.... they are all in it for their own political agenda.


RE: ACT NOW!
By Polynikes on 7/8/2008 11:21:27 AM , Rating: 2
I think in 10 or 15 years or so things will change dramatically as more young people grow up and start voting. There simply aren't enough people who grew up with technology casting votes to prevent this kind of trash lawmaking.

Either that, or technology is making us all morons, and it's only going to get worse...


RE: ACT NOW!
By imperator3733 on 7/8/2008 3:54:45 PM , Rating: 2
I think one of the big reasons that a lot of this is happening and not many people are objecting is because ACTA hasn't been talked about in mainstream/old media. People who don't follow technology websites have no idea what is happening. If more people knew about ACTA and what it would do, most likely there would be a huge uproar. Old media probably won't mention ACTA because they are the ones that are pushing for it in the first place. They know that people wouldn't like it, so they aren't telling anyone.

We need to tell everyone that we know about the dangers of ACTA and tell them to contact their senators/representatives/MPs/whoever. If enough people contact lawmakers, there is a good chance that this will be stopped. Lawmakers want to get elected; if they go against what their constituents want, they know that they probably lost votes.


RE: ACT NOW!
By Ringold on 7/8/2008 4:07:02 PM , Rating: 2
That's a fascinating point on another level as well; if they keep ACTA out of the public's mind, they can keep what political information they want in the public mind. This demonstrates with an actual piece of legislation how bad this arrangement is for a democratic state.

Not that I have a solution, but just pointing out the problem.


RE: ACT NOW!
By Ticholo on 7/8/2008 6:27:36 PM , Rating: 2
"Not that I have a solution, but just pointing out the problem."

In many (most/all?) democracies you would be accused of treating democracy and whatever problem you're pointing out lightly and maybe even "un-democraticly".
Democracy (the italized kind) is so much fun to watch! :D


RE: ACT NOW!
By Ringold on 7/8/2008 4:02:37 PM , Rating: 2
Maybe in Canada it is useless, but we had an immigration bill here in the US a year or two ago that the people didn't like (we're not too hot on giving amnesty away to illegals too easily), and people actually cared. Across the nation, people protested. People poured in the calls and letters. Here in Orlando, our house reps couldn't even get to their offices due to non-stop protesters picketing, and our Senator's were harassed where ever they went.

They eventually realized the trash bill had got peoples blood up, and voting for it would possibly earn them a ticket out of office. The bill died, and has yet to be resurrected.

If the people care, and speak, their voice is heard.


RE: ACT NOW!
By ggordonliddy on 7/8/2008 7:35:57 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
our Senator's were harassed


There's no apostrophe (or "S") in "senators".


RE: ACT NOW!
By Ringold on 7/10/2008 3:54:58 AM , Rating: 2
If I was just correct by the real G. Gordon Liddy, I really feel like a tool.


RE: ACT NOW!
By ggordonliddy on 7/24/2008 10:29:18 PM , Rating: 1
Yes, I am the G Man. Fear the pain, son.


RE: ACT NOW!
By djkrypplephite on 7/9/2008 8:21:44 AM , Rating: 2
Politicians don't care about the people. You must be very young to still think this. Doesn't mean you're stupid, just idealistic.


Isnt politics wonderful?
By Proteusza on 7/8/2008 9:17:53 AM , Rating: 5
Countless world leaders are going to spend millions of dollars of taxpayers money and countless hours debating how best to help the record companies make money from their outdated business model.

isnt it great to know that our leaders are in politics for us, isnt it?




Now I see it clearly!
By Stinky007 on 7/8/2008 4:10:29 PM , Rating: 2
So that's how bad it has got!
We have a G8 summit who has to discuss a crap law about copyright as they don't have anything better to do.
<Sarcasm>
We just stopped all the wars, Africa stopped having any AIDS and hunger issues over night, muslims and christians realized they are brothers so they kissed and made up, street crime has plummeted, corruption is a thing of the past, all the nukes in the world are now ecological nuclear reacors, rasism has also disappeared as KKK has joined forces with Affirmative Action, Bush got smart, there are no more tornadoes or tsunamies, everything is juuust peachy, except the goddamn copyright infringements! Jesus just had a short visit to Earth and he wasn't pleased by our progress, so we must do something.
ACTA: "I know, let's call a meeting of the G8 and ask them to approve a law we created just to arrest those pesky european kids that are so good at showing the world what power/money-hungry monsters we are. They even have the guts to tell us to shove cattle-prods in our..."
</Sarcasm>
You know the world started to sound more and more like a corporate dictatorship when G8 meetings have to decide weather or not shortcuts infringe copyrights!
We have a saying in Romania: "Tara arde dar baba se piaptana!". Roughly translated: "The country is burning but the old lady is coaming her hair!"




RE: Now I see it clearly!
By Ticholo on 7/8/2008 6:39:36 PM , Rating: 2
You know the world started to sound more and more like a corporate dictatorship when G8 meetings have to decide weather or not shortcuts infringe copyrights!

The reply shortcut I just clicked helped me infringe on your copyright to your own words by making a digital copy of them.
I demand Dailytech be taken down!!!

ACTA is going to be fun!


Joy
By Eugenics on 7/8/2008 8:48:14 AM , Rating: 2
Yes downloading is such a horrible crime against humanity. The G8 is hopeless if they think slowing human advancement is what mankind needs.




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