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Anti ACTA – Guy Fawkes in Berlin

Anti ACTA   Guy Fawkes in Berlin

Last weekend several thousand people (including many Guy Fawkes) protested against ACTA not just in Berlin. Of course I joined the demonstration in my city due to the fact that ACTA violates my opinion about how internet culture should work…

Anti ACTA means Pro Internet

Since Spring 2007, 39 countries (27 member states of the European Union, the United States, Japan, Canada, South Korea, Australia, México as well as a few other countries) negotiated in secret a trade agreement aimed at enforcing copyright and tackling counterfeited goods: ACTA. Leaked documents show that one of the major goal of the treaty is to force signatory countries into implementing anti file-sharing policies under the form of strong criminal sanctions.

ACTA is one more offensive against the sharing of culture on the Internet negotiated by a small “club” of like-minded countries. Negotiated instead of being democratically debated, ACTA bypasses parliaments and international organizations to dictate a repressive logic dictated by the entertainment industries.

At a time when important debates are taking place on the need to adapt copyright to the digital age, this treaty would bypass democratic processes in order to enforce a fundamentally irrelevant regulatory regime. It would profoundly alter the very nature of the Internet as we know it by by putting legal and monetary pressure on Internet service providers, ACTA will give the music and movie industries a legal weapon to force ISPs to police their networks and users themselves. (via stopacta.info)

Anti ACTA   Guy Fawkes in Berlin
Anti ACTA   Guy Fawkes in Berlin

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  1. Did you know….that the mask is a copyrighted product, so every time one is sold, some of the profit will go to Warner Bros. Which is a subsidiary of TimeWarner – a member of The Motion Picture Association of America. Which just happens to be Annonymous’s main enemy in the fight over online piracy. How Ironic.
    Therefore if you do support the protests….don’t buy the masks….make your own.

    • yeah, I know…it’s really ironic, but the mask somehow became an icon for many people…I mean every second or third protester wears trousers or jackets by popular brands whose aim is also to protect their ‘intellectual property’…

      in my eyes the Guy Fawkes mask as a symbol is worth much more than any other thing. But yes, you’re right, creating an own mask is probably the better idea…

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