Just publishing this in support of La Quadrature du Net’s campaign and to make people aware of the ACTA – Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement – which if accepted by the European Parliament could cripple the age of information and everyone’s daily internet experience. Also it would be the cause of death of thousands and thousands of people in third world countries who cannot afford the medicine they need.
ACTA is an attack against the sharing of culture on the Internet. ACTA (for Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, or Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement) is an agreement negotiated in secret between 2007 and 2010 by a small “club” of countries (39 countries, including 27 in the European Union, the United States, Japan, etc.). Negotiated rather than democratically debated, ACTA circumvents parliaments and international organizations to impose a repressive logic dictated by the entertainment industries.
ACTA would create new criminal penalties forcing Internet companies to monitor and censor online communications. This agreement is a major threat to freedom of expression online and carries legal uncertainty for companies in the Internet. On behalf of the trademark law and patent, it may also limit access to generic medicines in poor countries.
The European Parliament now has a last chance to reject the ACTA.