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If SOPA & PIPA Spawned The Anti-Christ, ACTA Would Certainly Be It

If SOPA & PIPA Spawned The Anti-Christ, ACTA Would Certainly Be It

Written Saturday, January 28, 2012 By Dan Webb
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The internet might have banded together to put the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and Protect IP Act (PIPA) in its rightful place – on the shelf (for now) – but as we quite rightly pointed out last week, the battle has only just begun. This time it’s Europe’s turn with the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), which has been deceptively lobbied behind-closed-doors by the same bodies in the US that pushed SOPA & PIPA so aggressively. Just because you’re not European though doesn’t mean this shouldn’t concern you, oh no. According to ACTA, just about every “developed” nation – including the United States, Japan and Australia, amongst many more outside Europe – is about to feel the brunt of this deceptive and potentially global economy ruining and internet freedom destroying piece of legislation. It’s time to get our legal on… Again.

"10,000 Polish citizens took to the streets to protest ACTA."

So, the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement… What the hell does this have to do with the internet? Absolutely everything in fact, and although it’s not as clear cut in name as SOPA & PIPA were, it’s essentially Europe’s version of those two proposed bills. Actually, it’s a much more severe piece of legislation with far wider-reaching implications that the music and film industries will use as a means to enforce their totalitarian stance on piracy. If there’s ever a wrong way to go about things, this is it. It’s like driving a tank over a crowd of innocent people just in the hope of squishing a few pirates on the other side.

So how does ACTA differ from SOPA and PIPA then? Well, that depends on where you start, but the implications are just as severe. The main crux of ACTA is that it puts a legal and monetary obligation on Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to police every piece of information that travels through their service, effectively turning them into a pseudo internet police, of sorts. These ISPs will essentially monitor your activity online, gather evidence and such, and then “co-operate” with copyright holders to protect their IPs. None of this right to a fair trial malarkey or due process. Your future is basically in the hands of ISPs and copyright holders, none of which are part of the democratic process and will no doubt quell freedom of speech in the process.

ISPs, who are commercial companies, not elected bodies, would effectively become judge, jury and executioner online.

It’s essentially a bullying tool for two prongs of the entertainment industry – music and films – who’ve refused to move with the times and adapt. It’ll not only severely damage privacy issues by allowing ISPs to gather private data on their users – without the need of a judge – but it’ll also impose criminal sanctions on individuals who are found to be “aiding and abetting” copyright infringement. With loose terminology like that, websites like ourselves, Google, Wikipedia, Facebook and YouTube could become a target, meaning that freedom of speech and innovation would almost certainly be impaired as a result. How criminal sanctions have been drafted into a “trade agreement” is almost certainly cause for concern too. Copyright holders would almost certainly hold all the cards and they won’t be afraid to use them even for minor infractions and frivolous cases. Outside the restrictions it’d place on the internet too, the Agreement even rather ridiculously ventures further into cracking down on generic drugs and imposing stricter sanctions on food patents.

"French MEP, Kader Arif, made a defeaning statement this week."

The controversy surrounding ACTA is much more abhorrent than that of SOPA & PIPA. ACTA is a piece of legislation that’s been deceptively drafted behind-closed-doors, shrouded in mystery and constantly shielded from the public forum. It’s been that underhanded that French MEP and “rapporteur” – basically, the overseer – of the Agreement, Kader Arif, stood down this week in protest over how it’s been handled, calling it a “masquerade.” 

“I want to denounce in the strongest possible manner the entire process that led to the signature of this agreement,” said Arif, citing the following as reasons for his decision to step down: “no inclusion of civil society organisations, a lack of transparency from the start of the negotiations, repeated postponing of the signature of the text without an explanation being ever given, exclusion of the EU Parliament's demands that were expressed on several occasions in our assembly.”

“As rapporteur of this text,” he continued, “I have faced never-before-seen manoeuvres from the right wing of this Parliament to impose a rushed calendar before public opinion could be alerted, thus depriving the Parliament of its right to expression and of the tools at its disposal to convey citizens' legitimate demands.”

In closing, Arif said, “This agreement might have major consequences on citizens' lives, and still, everything is being done to prevent the European Parliament from having its say in this matter. That is why today, as I release this report for which I was in charge, I want to send a strong signal and alert the public opinion about this unacceptable situation. I will not take part in this masquerade.”

The fact that 10,000 people took to the streets of Poland to protest ACTA this week, while a delegation of lawmakers in the country’s Parliament donned V For Vendetta masks to show their disdain for it, yet it was still signed, shows that something must be awry.

"Polish lawmakers show their disdain for ACTA in government."

What’s the worse thing about ACTA though? Well, not only does ACTA grant the creation of an “ACTA committee,” but it then grants them the power to consider amendments to the Agreement. That, my learned friends, is an awful lot of power to grant a committee made up of non-elected individuals. If Europe wanted to wipe their arse with democracy and ruin the foundations of every Western government in the world, then ratifying ACTA is as close to doing that as they can possibly get. It’d give lawmakers and non-elected officials a dangerous backdoor into manipulating legislation without the necessary checks and balances required, let alone obtain input from the public who allow them to wield these powers. ACTA is the first step to becoming a police-state. ACTA is the first step on the road to becoming a dictatorship. ACTA is a big 'fuck you' to democracy. ACTA is not only going to ruin the internet, it’s going to set a dangerous precedent that could undermine the last 30 plus years of democratic progress.

Again, I’d like to reiterate that piracy and protecting the rights of copyright holders has nothing to do with our concerns with this latest piece of legislation. This however is about corporate control, censorship and secrecy. If the big corporations can bully and bribe the supposed democracies of this world, what hope do we have of living in a society where freedom of speech is paramount? Stopping piracy and protecting copyright holders rights is about balance, and if SOPA & PIPA was like killing a fly with a grenade, ACTA is like killing a single-cell organism with a nuclear bomb. Funded and lobbied by the archaic film and music industries – of which the MPAA’s corruption, for instance, has since become apparent since SOPA & PIPA were shelved – ACTA is a piece of legislation that could essentially send the world into the biggest depression its ever experienced; crippling the internet, stifling entrepreneurial growth and setting society back a good 20-odd years. The most ironic and profound thing to come out of all of this is that if the music and entertainment industries spent the time, money and effort they’ve spent on trying to buy themselves power and corrupt every democracy in the world, and actually tried to evolve their industry and move with the times, they and the world would be in a far better position. Instead, we’re all going to suffer for their lack of foresight unless we band together and constantly fight back.

As it stands, ACTA has been signed in Europe by varying Member States – those who have not signed it have agreed to in the near future – and by the US, Australia, Canada, Japan, Morocco, New Zealand, Singapore and South Korea, but it is yet to be ratified in Europe which is the clincher for the agreement, meaning it’s not too late to make your voice heard. Democracy isn’t dead yet and now’s the time to prove it.

So, what can you do? If you’re in the UK, you can sign an e-petition like this. Or if you’re in the US, you can sign this petition here, setup by the ECA (not, ESA). For more information on how to voice your opinions, check out La Quadrature’s Wiki page on the issue. The internet and freedom of speech has until June, when the final vote is made, to make your voices heard.


User Comments

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Comment #1 by Cynicalfate
Saturday, January 28, 2012 @ 01:18:34 PM
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Always something can't they just leave my internet the fuck alone...

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Comment #2 by Bardan Jusik
Saturday, January 28, 2012 @ 01:27:29 PM
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Those aren't "V for Vendetta" masks, but Guy Fawkes masks! Get it right.

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Comment #3 by superjw701
Saturday, January 28, 2012 @ 01:30:01 PM
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For the US petition, goal was 25,000 signatures by February 20th. It is already at 34,657. I can only imagine what it will be at by that date.

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Comment #4 by Webb [STAFF]
Saturday, January 28, 2012 @ 01:31:26 PM
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@#2 - Yes and no. Yes, they are Guy Fawkes masks, made famous by V For Vendetta, but what they stand for in V For Vendetta is pretty much what people are using them for now: upholding the rights of the citizen, democracy and resisting the control of corrupt governments.

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Comment #5 by Infomouse
Saturday, January 28, 2012 @ 02:40:46 PM
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Even if ACTA does get defeated, it will only spawn further, more aggressive actions by the collective movie/music industry. I can't see this problem going away any time soon. Time for an internet revolution!

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Comment #6 by JonC316
Saturday, January 28, 2012 @ 02:54:06 PM
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Signed. I really worry about were the internet is going in the future. Very Orwellian.

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Comment #7 by kaleido42
Saturday, January 28, 2012 @ 02:59:43 PM
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How did Anonymous get into parliament? :P

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Comment #8 by snazzyskier
Saturday, January 28, 2012 @ 04:48:44 PM
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Yeah, most people I know have never even heard of ACTA.

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Comment #9 by Craigimuss
Saturday, January 28, 2012 @ 05:08:14 PM
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Please everyone sign this; Europe or not. I signed against both other petitions.

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Comment #10 by Craigimuss
Saturday, January 28, 2012 @ 05:09:19 PM
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* Oops delete 'against'

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Comment #11 by Tenlo
Saturday, January 28, 2012 @ 06:07:43 PM
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There is a second ACTA E-petition on there too which already has over 11K signatures, you can sign that one too by going here

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Comment #12 by cpdufohunter
Saturday, January 28, 2012 @ 06:13:27 PM
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Another one? You'd think the governments would learn...

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Comment #13 by ash356
Saturday, January 28, 2012 @ 07:05:47 PM
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'These ISPs will essentially monitor your activity online, gather evidence and such, and then “co-operate” with copyright holders to protect their IPs.'
Well, I suppose one good thing could come out of ISP's monitoring us: Nut's and Playboy magazine subscriptions would go through the roof...
It would be, y'know, nice for them to stop trying to censor all our collective ass's. But then again, Tenacious D said it best in 'The government totally sucks'.

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Comment #14 by cptmorgemaker
Saturday, January 28, 2012 @ 08:36:18 PM
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I love how Europe thinks that there law will effect the world more then america's law. Hey Europe your economy is worse then are's and it's because are's crashed your not #1 and your economy is not anywhere near stronger

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Comment #15 by cptmorgemaker
Saturday, January 28, 2012 @ 08:38:29 PM
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#13 and everyone else your computers ISP's are already monitored so I don't understand why you all think that they are just going to start. If website you go to to load up off your modem is logged on your internet providers server. And they can bring up every thing you have every downloaded or clicked on from your modem. I know comcast can for a fact and so can all the others and also if the government wants to they can get into your modem whenever and already do

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Comment #16 by DESTRO5
Saturday, January 28, 2012 @ 08:45:17 PM
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They wanna rape the rights of all online. Truly this is the work of the devil.

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Comment #17 by Grummy
Sunday, January 29, 2012 @ 01:21:02 AM
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@14 the word you're looking for is 'ours'.
Also, FYI, this has nothing to do with which continent has the bigger dick, its about which legislation is gonna fuck you harder in the ass. SOPA and PIPA may DP you, but they do it gently with lube and a rubber, ACTA fucks you hard and raw with a fat 14" then fires it's load all over your face.

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Comment #18 by Tenlo
Sunday, January 29, 2012 @ 02:20:04 AM
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@14 seriously trolling on a subject like this, is that really necessary.

These laws will affect all of us around the world as all governments are influenced by each other, if any country passes a ruling like this (outside of the more extreme political states) then others would soon follow, thats why it has to be prevented from being passed through parliament

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Comment #19 by XxBlueSpade2xX
Sunday, January 29, 2012 @ 02:40:32 AM
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Webb, I applaud you for bringing this to the front page of x360a. I know a lot of people here realize how important this is, but there are still so many people that aren't grasping the weight of these bills.

Well done.

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Comment #20 by Agent Mantis
Sunday, January 29, 2012 @ 03:34:26 AM
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We invade other countries to bring them democracy yet are more than willingly to undermime our own, I applaud the polish government for making a stand

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Comment #21 by ash356
Sunday, January 29, 2012 @ 04:43:27 AM
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Thank you. Your ability to state the obvious is inspiring. I know they keep logs... Hell everyone knows they keep logs. But at the moment theres less things that flag them to check your info.
If ACTA passes, there will be a steep increase in reasons to check. Half of them will be needless as well.

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Comment #22 by Mist
Sunday, January 29, 2012 @ 04:54:33 AM
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The scariest part is that ACTA has been in the works for YEARS. How many people knew about ACTA until a few weeks ago? I didn't. So much for the whole "Power from the people" in democracies. I'm not big on conspiracy theories but goddamn this is all making me think twice about the whole world domination thing.

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Comment #23 by MrStabby1981
Sunday, January 29, 2012 @ 05:08:58 AM
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Geez this is getting stupid its going to get to the point where countrys like China have less restrictions. Whats next a lock out timer where you get X amount of time online.

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Comment #24 by surreal_82
Sunday, January 29, 2012 @ 07:19:17 AM
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no probably just pay per breath...

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Comment #25 by Spanish Assault
Sunday, January 29, 2012 @ 08:56:00 AM
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Those fuckers wont be getting away with this....members from the US will stand with our fellow UK members and sign this petition. The companies who are secretly behind this can go to hell. If you dont sign the petition you are giving up your don't complain later.

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Comment #26 by Spanish Assault
Sunday, January 29, 2012 @ 08:59:56 AM
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Umm...only 3000 signatures on the UK petition?

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Comment #27 by BBowles
Sunday, January 29, 2012 @ 10:39:45 AM
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I've got bad news for the movie/music industry. If any law like this passes, EVER, I'll never buy/rent/go to the theatres again. Period. They will not see a single penny of mine from the moment a bill like this passes. Fuck it, I'll start reading books. And I've got YEARS of backlogged games to keep my occupied. Hell, just replaying FF 1-13 will soak up plenty of time.

Fuck you you greedy corporations. Adapt to the times, or get the fuck out of the way. Stop trying to cripple society just to INCREASE your profits. We all know you're not posting losses.

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Comment #28 by BBowles
Sunday, January 29, 2012 @ 11:02:04 AM
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Also, with all due respect, shouldn't this be posted in the News section of the front page? I know personally I check the news column daily, but only check the features column once or twice a month unless I accidentally notice something new. This is a big enough issue that I think it warrants a spot in the news column. Just saying. :)

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Comment #29 by collect
Sunday, January 29, 2012 @ 11:24:14 AM
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Why does the government always seem to want to rape the publics rights, freedoms, and pretty much everything fun in our lives?

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Comment #30 by l.maciver
Sunday, January 29, 2012 @ 12:09:50 PM
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7#, i assume they hacked there way in.

all this talk of sopa, pipa and acta kinda makes me think the goverment has lost control of something they never had control of before. 2012 is the year the world ends, well not the world in my mind just the goverment cause if this or any bill simular to this got through i predict a riot future.

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Comment #31 by FeyenoordMike
Sunday, January 29, 2012 @ 12:50:38 PM
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$,€,¥.. sadly, it's all about money

I'm just glad to see the people unite against these threatening ideas and I think, as long as we stand united and firm, these bills will never pass.

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Comment #32 by GR4V1G0R3
Sunday, January 29, 2012 @ 02:13:49 PM
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how can the movie companies continue to operate when they are so openly corrupt, and also apparently somewhere around half of the EU/US government which that post also kinda implies

i think it's about time that ANY business person shouldn't be aloud to work in politics....

now, time to see if we can set someone better than anonymous on all governmental bodies, then when we know who they all are, destroy them, or their lives at the very least

and if they try this shit again, then we go further, and after publicly outing their corruption (and all personal details), go to the physical world and start attacking them that way

these guys have a tendancy to not spend money securing their website, or web activity, time to make them pay methinks

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Comment #33 by A CATSHOVEL
Sunday, January 29, 2012 @ 02:14:43 PM
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It won't let me sign the petition. My only options are "Sign In" and "Create an Account"; "Sign This Petition" is grey-ed out. I made an account and those were still my only options. I clicked "Sign In" and it shows that I'm already signed in, but I still can't sign the petition.

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Comment #34 by Dlark17
Sunday, January 29, 2012 @ 04:47:12 PM
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Guys, I know I freaked out, too, the first time I saw this, but with a little research, this isn't all that bad (although the fact that it's being passed mostly under the table is). Take a look at this link one of my friends posted to me:
Now, granted, this is posted through Reddit, so its legitimacy might be slightly in question, but its rhetoric builds it to be believable, enough. According to the phrasing of the bill as sited, ACTA doesn't actually do anything. It's not a new SOPA or PIPA, it's merely an international agreement that any country who signs on will do their best to keep IPs safe and protected. And that's not all that bad. ACTA can't do much, it doesn't tell any government to go all 1984 on their people and, actually, has clauses to PREVENT excessive charges, etc. on those found in violation of the country's anti-piracy laws.
I'll admit, I download plenty of music and even a few movies, from time to time (mostly foreign art films for classes, but I've been known to get AS and FX shows so I can catch up between releases), but this is really nothing to get worked up about. Designers and other creatives, especially in our world of video games, deserve their rights and money from the works they make. If governments good enough to make laws that protect them without infringing on personal rights, we should all be for that.
Hell, if these regulations get passed, maybe we'd be one step closer to seeing the end of attacks on places that sell used games or stupid ideas like UPlay passports.
Research is key in this new world of instant information (and misinformation), my friends.

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Comment #35 by Dlark17
Sunday, January 29, 2012 @ 04:48:13 PM
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Dammit. Sorry for messing up the post shape with that little tidbit... :/

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Comment #36 by callmeclean
Sunday, January 29, 2012 @ 06:35:06 PM
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Glad to see a news site that I visit finally draw attention to ACTA. If this passes basically everything on the internet will be liable to copy right infringement and we will be left with only porn... until someone finds a way to make porn illegal... the future is horrible!!!

On a serious note. I kinda agree with #34 that this might just be an agreement to 'do your best' for each of the countries to sign. Especially in Australia where our government just basically ignores all its agreements and fights with the opposition calling them names. It's horrible. However the fact that this has been happening under closed doors maybe leads me to believe that is more devious than just a 'do your best' agreement.

Either way we as internet users need to show we are opposed to this sorta control whether in theory or actual implementation.

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Comment #37 by callmeclean
Sunday, January 29, 2012 @ 06:48:07 PM
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Could someone fix the comment's text going off to the right. I have looked on two computers so I am pretty sure its not just me.. although it might be.

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Comment #38 by eskEMO
Sunday, January 29, 2012 @ 10:47:07 PM
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Signed the petition. Gettin' sick of all the greed & corruption.

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Comment #39 by Carnage seo
Monday, January 30, 2012 @ 03:57:38 AM
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as long as i still get porn i dont't care, the only reason the internet was made was b coz of porn ! FACT

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Comment #40 by DonkeyBong71
Monday, January 30, 2012 @ 07:21:05 AM
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may i add another e-petition to sign:


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Comment #41 by DonkeyBong71
Monday, January 30, 2012 @ 07:26:59 AM
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@37: have you tried Firefox? mine used to do that, but seems to have been fixed now.

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Comment #42 by GamePlayUK
Monday, January 30, 2012 @ 08:02:05 AM
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If it would harm the global economy then world leaders and governors would not let ACTA in. The world is already in a big economy mess so I don't think they would want it to get even worse. FUCK ACTA AND ANYONE ELSE WHO TRYS TO HARM THE INTERNET.

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Comment #43 by MetalHead84
Monday, January 30, 2012 @ 11:41:57 AM
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Like a picture I have see on facebook last week... they have close megaupload, but pedophilia website are still up... why? probably because rape a children doesn't gives them millions $

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Comment #44 by Verdinial
Tuesday, January 31, 2012 @ 12:59:15 PM
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@14 - Are you retarded?

Not only do you spell like a retard, getting 'our' mixed with 'are', but you also have the stupidest views I have EVER seen.

If you're going to try to act smart, at least learn how to spell simple words which primary school children know.

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Comment #45 by Vigor
Tuesday, January 31, 2012 @ 01:13:56 PM
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Unite and stop paying the bills

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Comment #46 by z0mb13sh00t3r13
Tuesday, January 31, 2012 @ 05:09:35 PM
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awww looks like Webb didn't get to use the word draconian at all...

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Comment #47 by samjustsam
Wednesday, February 01, 2012 @ 01:07:24 AM
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microsoft is kinda like this. trying to control gamers with dlc. hurting the ppl and consumers for their own profit. greed greed greed...needs to stop.

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Comment #48 by AssassinAltair7
Wednesday, February 01, 2012 @ 03:31:54 PM
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As is if the future was not scary and uncertain enough, now the world has to deal with this crap.

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Comment #49 by Zombiedrd
Thursday, February 02, 2012 @ 12:33:41 AM
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I bet Communist are loving this. The untethered Capitalism is leading to eventual slavery

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Comment #50 by LegionEvangelus
Thursday, February 02, 2012 @ 04:40:44 AM
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I love the idea of the V for Vendetta masks what a great way to show you disagree with ACTA :)

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Comment #51 by Septic
Thursday, February 02, 2012 @ 09:14:51 AM
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If everyone stopped going to the cinema and stopped buying their movies THEN they will listen. On the other hand what if you guys made music or a movie and everyone downloads it and doesn't pay. what then.

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Comment #52 by Beefdagreat
Thursday, February 02, 2012 @ 04:15:35 PM
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@50, you do know that the V for Vendetta *Guy Fawkes* Masks are also a symbol of anonymous... right?

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Comment #53 by Snoop QC
Friday, February 03, 2012 @ 08:09:08 PM
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After they censored the internet and eliminate freedom of speech, what is gonna be? Concentration camps (promoted by corporations but paid with our taxes?) for those who cannot pay the 1.5 million penalty for downloading a stupid copyrighted song, which is almost everybody!?! I thought fascism died with Hitler more than 65 years ago, it seems I thought so fucking wrong! Or are we close to live in a controlled public environment like the good ol'years of USSR?
I'm out to buy my Guy Fawkes mask.

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Comment #54 by xI WARFARE
Saturday, February 04, 2012 @ 01:25:58 PM
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This is fucking scary :/

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Comment #55 by voidreaper21
Saturday, February 04, 2012 @ 01:54:07 PM
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@7 that is a very scary thought

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Comment #56 by DamagedWill
Sunday, February 05, 2012 @ 10:14:06 AM
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I don't think I've ever been outraged by something more than this. The fact that the system works like this is why I will never put faith in it.

Government = Just a collection of people you meet every day. Selfish, entitled and greedy. With about 10% being fair and decent people.

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Comment #57 by Punisher Cork
Tuesday, February 07, 2012 @ 12:12:54 AM
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Seriously why doesn't someone just start executing the fucks that propose this? This is traitor level BS going on and their getting away with it. Someone expose, target, and someone else kill them, if legislation like this passes at all, then it won't stop there, it will keep going.
The children in skyrim said it best, "its amazing how much you can change by killing one person"

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Comment #58 by Ghosty McGoo
Tuesday, February 07, 2012 @ 02:35:23 AM
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I really hate how my favorite form of art is trying to ruin things for everyone.

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Comment #59 by Pearson
Wednesday, February 08, 2012 @ 07:25:07 AM
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I made my opinion heard on how I feel about this piece of legislation...I just signed the US petition. Go screw yourselves MPAA!!!!!

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Comment #60 by Tim 13
Wednesday, February 08, 2012 @ 12:36:11 PM
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I like that the Polish lawmakers actually brought in all those masks to show their dislike of the bill. lol

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Comment #61 by wbs 101
Wednesday, February 08, 2012 @ 10:27:20 PM
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Thumbs up for the Polish Parliament and the 10,000 protesters petition signed and I already how an account because I signed the legalize marijuana petition that got more votes than any petition on the sight and they ignored it just like they will ignore this one. If you want a laugh take a second to look through some of their answers to these petitions the government is a fucking joke.

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Comment #62 by Astrex
Tuesday, February 14, 2012 @ 07:36:13 AM
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#62 has a vagina

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Comment #63 by XxJoaoPauloBRxX
Tuesday, February 14, 2012 @ 06:47:47 PM
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LOL i want to see those fucks impose anything here in Brazil

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Comment #64 by XxJoaoPauloBRxX
Wednesday, February 15, 2012 @ 04:19:55 PM
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P.S American and European fucks*

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Comment #65 by Joshi 82 AT
Thursday, February 16, 2012 @ 07:15:15 AM
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Well the only good thing is, if ACTA is signed I will spend more time outdoors or playing my games offline...

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Comment #66 by Ninja Kaspyr 83
Monday, February 20, 2012 @ 12:35:06 PM
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well lets see if it didnt cost me $3.99 per song on itunes and it didnt cost over $50 for me and my girl to go watch a movie in the theaters when the DVD its self will only cost $20 upon releasal in the stores...i wouldnt have to download it off the internet. maybe they should be going after those crooks who charge those ridiculous prices. or what about the people who work for the movie companies that release the new movie online? go after them. next were gonna have to start paying websites to access them or worse yet pay to turn on our fuckin computers! fuck the government fuck their stupid laws. your gonna keep fuckin wit us (you know....the people who put you in office) and your gonna have more then a few thousand pirated copies of harry potter on your hand. your gonna have a fuckin uprising. burnin buildings, cars flipped, politicians targeted, movie companies torn to the ground, cds and dvds burned in the middle of walmart aisles!!!! WHOSE WITH ME! sorry got carried away...but for real tho....

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Comment #67 by TrAvIs7
Tuesday, February 21, 2012 @ 01:12:35 PM
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Comment #68 by FXH Reaper
Tuesday, February 21, 2012 @ 05:57:22 PM
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I have voted in as many petitions as I could find regarding all three acts I was hoping when SOPA and PIPA were shelved that would have been a clear enough message, then I hear about this... *sigh* so it was back to the internet to look for and find as many petitions against this as I could an sign each one to make sure this gets defeated.

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Comment #69 by Ange1ofD4rkness
Thursday, February 23, 2012 @ 07:09:10 PM
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First of all it's intersting he mentions the whole Anti-Christ thing (it's said that if the world goes to a single economy ... aka form of currency, their will be an oppression of pretty much all religions, the mark of the beast ... but that's another story).

Anyway this is upsetting to see they have the balls to try something like this. It's like the US's economic crash of 2008. Businesses are getting way to involved with government.

Put an military general in power that will change things real quick.

Hey Anonymous (the hacker group) you want to do something useful, go after the people involved with this stuff and mess it up ... stop trying to do what you do now (including an attempt to crash the internet)

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Comment #70 by Dangerous Brian
Saturday, February 25, 2012 @ 07:57:39 PM
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@17, lovely mental image there!
@14, #17 is right though, this legislation gives idiots more power with less to rein them in.

This website would end or be so badly censored that it won't even be able to print achievement lists because EA Games or whoever have all the rights to it. Twitbook and Faceer would end, too many uncontrollable opinions on there! Google would have only 10 results on it for any given search, 9 of them being porn, the other on being a paid subscription site, for porn. Lets not forget the whole clusterfuck that is the ability to change the legislation at will, with no one to stop them.

One good thing though, the Trolls will starve with no bridge to guard. Banhammer will go rusty.

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Comment #71 by Dangerous Brian
Saturday, February 25, 2012 @ 08:00:50 PM
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@69, Why would Anonymous want to crash the internet anyway? If the internet was dead, who would they hack?

P.S. Please don't hack me, Anonymous, I'm sorry!

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Comment #72 by SpongebobRoundpants
Sunday, February 26, 2012 @ 01:32:50 AM
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I know what i'm going to be for Halloween

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Comment #73 by PuttyGod
Tuesday, February 28, 2012 @ 11:02:47 AM
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Don't these mother fuckers have any idea what will happen to every first world country if these types of legislation are passed? Hell, even the fact that they keep coming up as a topic of debate prove that they have already gone too far. Everybody who isn't offended had better get their reading glasses, sit down, scan these acts, and GET offended.

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Comment #74 by PuttyGod
Tuesday, February 28, 2012 @ 11:09:37 AM
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And don't get me wrong, I'm not some hipster liberal who supports the occupy Wall Street posers, but this internet stuff is really fucking serious.

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Comment #75 by Forgotten44
Friday, March 02, 2012 @ 10:37:29 PM
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I dont care beacuse pretty much anything the government passed is bad for us nowadays.

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Comment #76 by BUJIKAN
Monday, March 12, 2012 @ 11:57:18 PM
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If you really want to help oppose these heinous acts of injustice against the Internet and it's trickle down effect, you need to stay informed! I applaud this site for bringing it to the attention of the smart and just gamers here.

But bedsides being informed and remaining abreast of the issues, there is something even more important that you need to do....INFORM OTHERS! Things like this get passed because so many people remain ignorant. Or they are absolutely and unequivocally moronic and dangerously ignorant, like the guy who posted that this is not really a big deal and we don't need to worry. Which my first thought is that he/she is actually a shill for the groups plotting this evil discourse. But I think he's just blatantly uneducated. But I digress...

So it's super important for you personally to stay informed about what's going on, but you have to pass this knowledge on to as many people as you can, everyone you come across. Your friends, your family, co-workers, enemies, girlfriend/boyfriend/that prostitute you meet every Wednesday. I mean everyone! Even if they think you're nuts or this is harmless or could never affect them because they will undoubtedly say the absolute most ignorant thing in response..."Well I don't download stuff illegally, so this didn't concern me, and I think it's good." And that line right there, the one you'll hear so many times your had will explode, that is the line the evil greedy entities behind these shady acts are counting on. That is, only when they know you're actually paying attention to what they're doing.

But that has nothing to do with the true purpose of these bills. Their reach is much more insidious. But the more people you talk to and try to help educate, well that's one more person who can join the fight against these ultimate greed and innovation squashing bills. Even if the person you talk to doesn't go do some research right away, they still will probably remember you mentioned it. Then when another informed anti-greed advocate says something to this person they will say "Wow,a lot of people keep mentioning this SOPA, PIPA, and ACTA stuff recently to me, maybe I should jump online and see what it's all about?". So even if you think it's a waste if your time, still continue to try and educate people you talk to or meet, about what these bills will do and how they well ultimately eradicate and destroy the Internet that we all know and love today.

note: didn't have time to check, so sorry about any and all typos, plus I'm using a slide keyboard on my tablet. Spread The Word!

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Comment #77 by nutslack6969
Wednesday, March 14, 2012 @ 07:43:18 PM
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I cannot even believe the lengths they are going to to prohibit us further.

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Comment #78 by Spiderpope
Tuesday, March 27, 2012 @ 05:00:49 PM
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Whatever happened to innocent until proven guilty?
I've never pirated anything in my life, i believe in paying the artist for the art. But under ACTA i'm to be treated like a criminal, who is just itching to steal IP and needs to be under surveillance 24/7.

Those proposing such acts are fooling themselves. They may think they are acting to prevent piracy, but they are sounding the death knell for their industries.

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Comment #79 by Blue Baron
Wednesday, March 28, 2012 @ 04:53:43 PM
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Comment #80 by F TANK
Wednesday, April 04, 2012 @ 01:01:41 AM
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I think this is all a scam to either get more control over us or a bunch of greedy lawyers milking the industry by tricking them into giving them the work. The entertainment biz can put up all the dumb, suffocating laws it wants and its still not going to increase revenue. People steal bc its either not worth it to them or they're cheap/poor. If they lose that outlet, and only given the choice to pay, they'll just go without it not even batting an eye lash.

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Comment #81 by Arpylicious
Friday, April 06, 2012 @ 04:51:32 PM
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=( Hopefully, this doesn't get approved

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Comment #82 by XxJoaoPauloBRxX
Wednesday, April 11, 2012 @ 08:16:50 PM
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LOL i wanna to see those european **** screw my internet. I'm in Brazil, you can't touch me or my country, you don't rule sh*t Europe.

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Comment #84 by The Cats Meow 0
Friday, April 13, 2012 @ 06:08:11 PM
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*This comment was removed by ACTA.

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Comment #85 by M0nster
Saturday, April 14, 2012 @ 04:18:45 PM
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I am from the UK and i would love to sign but its not letting me, its saying their site is down for maintenance O.o

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Comment #86 by LegionEvangelus
Thursday, April 19, 2012 @ 01:24:21 PM
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I think this page needs a share button

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Comment #87 by xXAKill3rTacoXx
Friday, May 04, 2012 @ 12:37:21 AM
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way to solve it is if it does ever pass then we need to tell everybody not to buy anything for a while. boycotting these companies showing them that they cannot control us and our internet.

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