This ACTA is a riddle though. At first it was negotiated in secret and nobody knew what it was. Now it appears it ain’t obviously horrible, but some of the regulations are so vague it might lead to something bad. It appears much depends on specific countries - how will they implement it. And this is bad, because specific countries are more prone to corruption from the fucking lobbyists.
Can’t make my mind about it, but it’s probably nothing good.
While looking for information about the closure of Megaupload, I stumbled upon the source of all evil the Motion Picture Association of America (mentioned above). This site is truly hilarious. Apart from the Chairman’s Corner ad, including a high res picture of senator Todd (fuck yeah, senator Todd is the last thing my wallpaper is missing), it also has a blog. Here’s a taste:
Senator Todd - 19 January 2012 10:28 PM
Senator Dodd On Irresponsible Developments of “Blackout Day”
by Senator Chris Dodd
01/17/2012 13:37 (UTC-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
Only days after the White House and chief sponsors of the legislation responded to the major concern expressed by opponents and then called for all parties to work cooperatively together, some technology business interests are resorting to stunts that punish their users or turn them into their corporate pawns, rather than coming to the table to find solutions to a problem that all now seem to agree is very real and damaging.
It is an irresponsible response and a disservice to people who rely on them for information and use their services. It is also an abuse of power given the freedoms these companies enjoy in the marketplace today. It’s a dangerous and troubling development when the platforms that serve as gateways to information intentionally skew the facts to incite their users in order to further their corporate interests. as if he wasn’t doing the same to further his own corporate interests
A so-called “blackout” is yet another gimmick, albeit a dangerous one, designed to punish elected and administration officials who are working diligently to protect American jobs from foreign criminals. It is our hope that the White House and the Congress will call on those who intend to stage this “blackout” to stop the hyperbole and PR stunts and engage in meaningful efforts to combat piracy.
If someone kept a straight face reading the last paragraph, leave a comment. http://www.mpaa.org/
EDIT: Liars! There is no high res photo of senator Todd for download! How can he be so cruel to his devotees?!