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
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*As someone even more cynical than me pointed out, what's with the name switch? Muslims and Jews aren't supposed to eat Mexicans either...
At the CU party conference the following question was asked of their two ministers: "Do you think God will give his blessing to a government that doesn't ban abortion and which supports a viable Palestinian state?"
Earlier, their party leader was quoted as saying that he didn't object to there being an outspoken atheist in the government (at the time I muttered 'wow, how broadminded of him').
They've also managed to wring a concession that registrars who object on religious grounds can refuse to perform same-sex marriages.
All in all, they've done pretty well out of the coalition talks; they know they can make or break the coalition and they're not shy about using that power. It'll be interesting to see how things work out once we have the first real confrontation in parliament...
About the only good thing I can find is their position on environmental issues.
And I still think the socialists did the right thing by staying out of this mess; this government won't last four years, and the winners will most likely be the parties that didn't get involved (unfortunately that also includes our national clown, Geert Wilders, and possibly the nationalist right).
Oh, and there are elections for the various provincial governments (which in their turn elect the First Chamber of Parliament) next week...
Edit: I should perhaps say that I have just as little sympathy for the proponents of this proposal...
Link here for those who read Dutch and give a damn.
Unfortunately Amazon UK always adds on VAT. This means I may have to order more from Amazon US (depending on shipping costs).
Personally I feel he should indeed apologise.**
* anything will do to distract from last week's defeat in the referendum...?
** To J.K. Rowling.