SOPA's big brother signed by EU nations amid widespread protests
Polish citizens take to the streets in protest at ACTA
By Jennifer Baker
January 26, 2012 12:31 PM ET
IDG News Service - The European Union signed up to the controversial Anti Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) on Thursday despite widespread opposition, particularly in Poland, where people took to the streets in protest.
The agreement was officially signed in Tokyo by 22 European member states. Cyprus, Estonia, Slovakia, Germany and the Netherlands did not sign, but committed to do so in the near future, according to the European Parliament's Green party.
The agreement seeks to enforce intellectual property rights and combat online piracy and illegal software. But opponents of ACTA claim it goes far beyond the U.S.' doomed SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) legislation and encourages ISPs to police the internet without any legal safeguards. SOPA is being revised after receiving broad criticism.
The ACTA agreement, meanwhile, has been mired in controversy from the beginning due to secrecy imposed by the U.S. and worries that it may not uphold E.U. rules on data privacy. The most controversial paragraph in the final text leaves the door open for countries to introduce the so-called three-strikes rule, which would require Internet users to be cut off if they continue to download copyright material after receiving two warnings, as national authorities would be able to order ISPs to disclose personal information about customers.
Although the agreement has been signed, it still has to go through a ratification procedure in the E.U. But now, shortly after SOPA sponsors succumbed to pressure to revise the bill, digital rights groups and so-called hactivists are pushing hard for the European Parliament to reject ACTA.
More than 10,000 people have taken to Poland's streets to protest the signing of the international treaty while the Polish branch of hacker collective Anonymous has attacked Polish government websites, including the prime minister's office, leaving several sites paralyzed.
"In the last few days, we have seen encouraging protest by Polish and other E.U. citizens, who are rightly concerned with the effect of ACTA on freedom of expression," said JA(c)rA(c)mie Zimmermann, spokesperson for citizen advocacy group La Quadrature du Net. "This important movement will further build up. Our governments are bypassing democratic processes to impose draconian repressive measures."
There has also been widespread criticism of ACTA within the Parliament. Pirate Party parliamentarian Christian Engstrom accused Polish Minister of Digitisation Michal Boni of lying to the Polish people in order to get ACTA signed. "Unfortunately, it appears that the Polish minister does not shy away from telling his citizens blatant lies, in order to get the controversial ACTA agreement signed," he said on Wednesday.
According to news site Global Voices, Boni said it was too late to back out of the agreement because all the other European countries had signed -- but at the time this was not the case. "It is apparent that the game of telling EU citizens whatever lies may be necessary to get the ACTA agreement signed has begun," Engstrom warned.
Green Member of the European Parliament, Ska Keller was also critical of the deal: "ACTA is wrong and should be rejected. The last word has not yet been spoken however: the European Parliament and national parliaments will now have their say as part of the ratification process."
Parliament's legal affairs, development, civil liberties and industry committees will give their opinions on the treaty in the coming weeks. These will be considered by the Parliament's International Trade Committee when it makes its final report to Parliament on whether to accept or reject ACTA. Finally the deal will go before a vote by all of Parliament.
Outside the E.U., the agreement has so far been signed by the U.S., Australia, Canada, Japan, Morocco, New Zealand, Singapore and South Korea.
Originally posted by electricdruid at The fiasco continues
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 -
- Read more about ACTA here: ACTA Fact Sheet
- Read the authentic version of the ACTA text as of 15 April 2011, as finalized by participating countries here: ACTA Finalized Text
- Follow the history of the treaty’s formation here: ACTA history
- Read letters from U.S. Senator Ron Wyden wherein he challenges the constitutionality of ACTA: Letter 1 | Letter 2 | Read the Administration’s Response to Wyden’s First Letter here: Response
- Watch a short informative video on ACTA: ACTA Video
- Watch a lulzy video on ACTA: Lulzy Video
Say NO to ACTA. It is essential to spread awareness and get the word out on ACTA.Via Tumblr
I hereby announce that I condemn CI YAOI - http://community.livejournal.com/ci_yaoi - for what they are doing. They steal download links and files from scanlation groups, post and reshare the files without permission from the groups. They have no respect whatsoever to the people who buy the books, scan and translate those projects.
I condemn them and I won't have anything to do with them. I don't tolerate such actions. I hereby state that I am not a member of CI YAOI community and I will never steal from any scanlation groups without permission.
This was posted in discworld,
“Neatorama notes it could be related to Draco volans. No word yet on whether it breathes fire, hoards gold, or kidnaps fair maidens.”
(The Sciencepunk blog)
... and this, now this is the "real" thing ;)
Smaug (JRR Tolkien's character)
"There he lay, a vast red-golden dragon, fast asleep; thrumming came from his jaws and nostrils, and wisps of smoke, but his fires were low in slumber. Beneath him, under all his limbs and his huge coiled tail, and about him on all sides stretching away across the unseen floors, lay countless piles of precious things, gold wrought and unwrought, gems and jewels, and silver red-stained in the ruddy light. Smaug lay, with wings folded like an immeasurable bat, turned partly on one side, so that the hobbit could see his underparts and his long pale belly crusted with gems and fragments of gold from his long lying on his costly bed."
It’s no secret I think “Game of Thrones” HBO show is not doing justice to the books. They (producers) just fallow the money, that’s the reality and after some comments GRR Martin gave… well seems he don’t have other option but “agree” (in order to get things done) with changes although imo it drastically change the story and to some extent “ruins” characters.
As always, we do see things with “different” eyes, so you’re free to disagree with me :)
While I was commenting today in sansaxsandor about HBO casting I thought I might as well do it here too, with pictures to support my “vision” lol
About Sandor Clegane for example; while I really like Rory MC Cann, and his figure (big frame) is ideal for this role, his face is not. I'll leave acting and getting in character aside because frankly, they cut him out great deal from story so far, he appears now and then looking not fierce and angry but depressed and detached… his exchange with Sansa bear minimum, looking almost totally unimportant, although GRRM spent lots of “paper” on him.
And while we are about cast I always thought for the most characters (not all !) Richard Komarck really captured them perfectly (from GRRM description)
Now, after this, how can you settle with existing casting? :)
Of course, some of the acters are just fine (how I imagined characters); Ned, Benjen and Arya Stark, Syrio Forel, Tiwin and Tyrion Lanister, Jeor and Jorah Mormont, Sam Tarly…
What I really dislikes are clumsy and distasteful sex scenes (seems in Westeros there is only one position you can do it (while it should be Dothraki’s “thing”)… and making Rose (the whore) appears too many times and spent valuable time that could be used for the sake of story and not servicing male viewers :(
"The North American manga publisher Viz Media announced at its Yaoi-Con panel on Saturday that it will launch its SuBLime boys-love manga imprint with the digital release of Tarako Kotobuki's Love Pistols (Sex Pistols) and Haruka Minami's Danna-sama to Mitsugetsuchū this December.
The worlwide imprint is a partnership with the Japanese companies ANIMATE and Libre Publishing. SuBLime will offer manga digitally on the website SuBLimeManga.com, with a download-to-own option for many titles. The imprint will then offer selected titles in print starting next summer."
Now, since I’m personally not interested in digital copies I was really delighted with prospects there will be few actual paper copies of popular manga. It will be first opportunity to buy some Naono Bohra’s - “Three Wolves Mountain” and I really wanted to have at least one of her mangas, also one of my favorites from Shiuko Kano – “Punch Up”!!!
SuBLime's print lineup will launch with the following titles:
Three Wolves Mountain
By Bohra Naono
By Norikazu Akira
Punch Up Volume 1
By Shiuko Kano
Aitsu no Daihonmei Volume 1
By Suzuki Tanaka
These are the titles we should expect in spring/summer next year!
… if Mayan people are totally in wrong this time… *wink* there is something actually nice waiting for me/us in spring :)
They have Viz Media releases, so... :)
I couldn’t copy-paste in rich editor, nor I can copy text from here?! Also, I can’t upload pics from my comp… *annoyed*
Thanks for nothing LJ, yeah no problems at all… (lj status) :(Edit:
Link for additional info and other digital releases to be :