Thursday, 26 January 2012

Step aside, SOPA/PIPA! Here comes ACTA!

Just when it was beginning to look like all this SOPA nonsense was in the past… the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) decides to sneak up and kick us in the nuts from behind.

These people are going to break the Internet.

For those of you who don’t know and are too lazy to Google it, ACTA is a “plurilateral agreement for the purpose of establishing international standards on intellectual property rights enforcement.”

Now, I’m going to do my best not to start ranting about the reasons why all this SOPA/PIPA/ACTA stuff is not the right approach to the whole piracy problem (and yes, piracy is a problem…I’m not saying it’s something that should just be ignored). But basically, here’s how I view the whole ordeal:

So in essence, this situation can only be summed up in one visual image:

But I digress. The thing that gets me the most isn’t that governments are passing these ridiculous laws. Governments have been fucking with people for ages. This isn’t anything new. What really irks me is that people have only just started making a big deal about this now.

This is a video that shows all the things that are wrong with the agreement:

But wait, that video was posted in October of 2011. And here’s another article mentioning ACTA that was posted in 2008. So why is it that people are freaking out all of the sudden just because the European Union signed the agreement today? ACTA’s been around for years! You knew this was coming! Why is it that something big has to happen before anyone starts taking it seriously? If people started freaking out four years ago, this entire cluster-fuck might have been avoided!

But wait! There's more!

The same thing happened with SOPA. Remember when Wikipedia blacked itself out last week in order to protest the act? Well take a look at this:

Prior to the day that Wikipedia and other websites blacked themselves out, SOPA/PIPA supporters largely outweighed the acts’ opponents. The day after, however, Congress apparently got their shit together and changed their minds. While I am glad that what the blacked out websites did make a difference, what pisses me off is that they had to do it in the first place.

Why do these big events have to happen in order to get any kind of recognition? Why can’t people just make rational decisions without there being the need for huge displays of protest?

And don’t even get me started on the people who think these events don’t affect them because they aren’t happening in their country.

That’s like an American in the 40s saying that the Holocaust doesn’t matter because it’s going on in Germany.

Get your act together people…no pun intended.

1 comment:

  1. To answer your question, lobbyists, and ultimately money. Also some Americans made that very argument before they entered WWII; though that was before the US got involved and before anyone outside of Germany really had any evidence of how terrible things were.