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 -
Say NO to ACTA. It is essential to spread awareness and get the word out on ACTA.Via Tumblr
Google: End Piracy, Not Liberty
Millions of Americans oppose SOPA and PIPA because these bills would censor the Internet and slow economic growth in the U.S.
Two bills before Congress, known as the Protect IP Act (PIPA) in the Senate and the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in the House, would censor the Web and impose harmful regulations on American business. Millions of Internet users and entrepreneurs already oppose SOPA and PIPA.
The Senate will begin voting on January 24th. Please let them know how you feel. Sign this petition urging Congress to vote NO on PIPA and SOPA before it is too late.
Tell Congress: Don't censor the Web
Fighting online piracy is important. The most effective way to shut down pirate websites is through targeted legislation that cuts off their funding. There's no need to make American social networks, blogs and search engines censor the Internet or undermine the existing laws that have enabled the Web to thrive, creating millions of U.S. jobs.
Too much is at stake — please vote NO on PIPA and SOPA.
Everyone needs to watch this.
Yes, everyone. Yes, you.
Because burying your head in the sand over this issue doesn't make you cool or interesting or show everyone how against the grain you are because you choose not to involve yourself in corrupt American politics. No, it just makes you fucking ignorant. This is serious and dangerous and if you think you're too awesome to get involved, I hope you don't have the balls to bitch and complain when all your favorite websites are shut down and your freedom of speech is completely violated.
Don't let this happen to America.
I put together a few links here that are really helpful if you want to educate yourself or pass them around.
TechDirt.com - The Definitive Post On Why SOPA And Protect IP Are Bad, Bad Ideas
You can also send shit to congress from here.
A petition that has over a million signatures already.
Jesus Christ, Firefox doesn't even want this to happen.
More information about what a fucking terrible idea this is.
How this bill would violate the First Amendment.
Stephn Colbert Explains SOPA.
The INVENTORS OF THE INTERNET are against it too!
How SOPA will affect GAMERS!
I have a lot to say about this but I'm gonna just leave you with this links and if I become inspired later I'll rant and rave about it. For now just focus on the task at hand and DO SOMETHING. Seriously.
I know everyone thinks it's cool to ~hate on America~ but take a second to grow up and appreciate the fact that:
This shit didn't happen here
You can't be executed for SORCERY!
The police can't arrest you and shave your head because you have a Mohawk
The smart states like gay people. We're working on it, okay? We're not there yet but there's been progess.
At least you don't live in one of these places where HOMOSEXUALITY IS ILLEGAL.
So quit being a fucking brat and do something to help.