while romanians were focusing on the street protests, a very tight and secretive vote in tokyo put romania on the list of acta countries. acta, the bigger and meaner sister of pipa and sopa, is supposedly creating an international legal framework for targeting counterfeit goods, generic medicines and copyright infringement on the internet, and would also create a new governing body outside existing forums.
germany, the netherlands, cyprus, estonia and slovakia refused to sign. there are rumours that russia and china are not willing to sign. not not and not ever. our servile politicians signed even before reading…and there’s even a shameless one trying to milk this acta cow to his own benefit, promising he’ll get rid of it as soon as we vote for him (perhaps not so coincidentally, he’s one of those country traitors who sent eu fake documents to make them believe that romania is a dictatorship so that him and his mates would get ahead…lovely!)
what did they sign, you wonder? well…the document has not been released to the public. the negotiations were secret. the content is not known. wtf?
watch this in order to get an idea of what our future may end up looking like:
this kind of international legislation will only benefit the higher powers. much more control of the little people…
acta may lead to alternative private control systems, some sort of private police to watch over our digital and real lives in order to prevent counterfeiting or piracy… unfortunately, romanians know only too well just how fast good intentions turn into abuse, how friends turn into rats and how everyday life turns into living 1984…
on january the 26th, a group of polish politicians protested against acta in the parliament, expressly wearing guy fawkes counterfeit masks.
kader arif, european rapporteur for acta, resigned from his position on 26 january 2012 denouncing the treaty “in the strongest possible manner” for having “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, [and] exclusion of the eu parliament’s demands that were expressed on several occasions in [the] assembly,” concluding with his intent to “send a strong signal and alert the public opinion about this unacceptable situation” and refusal to “take part in this masquerade”.
click here to read a summary of acta’s possible influence.
if this bullshit act will be implemented, life as we know it is over! do your best to show your opinion regarding your country’s involvement in this agreement.
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