Secretly, 20 countries signed the ACTA, an agreement similar to the SOPA bill


January 26, 2012


In secret negotiations, more than 20 countries in Europe, Asia and North America signed the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) which sets similar premises to the failed SOPA law.

The European Union signed the Act on the day secretly, causing shock and rejection in social networking initiative since it seeks to control the content. Furthermore, the agreement is supported by the United States, Canada, Japan, future Mexico and elsewhere.

ACTA seeks to fight piracy (trade of objects similar to other original elements) through the control of content. To this end, the authorities would give authorityto review emails, Facebook messages, tweets, and other content locking the web speed and preventing sharing items.

The arguments against are that even to share a song would be considered piracy. They compare it to a very exemplary case: A person goes to a cooking class to learn to cook chiken and rice and then teaches the recipe to a friend. According to ACTA, this is a crime, because the friend did not pay for the cooking class, and both could be prosecuted.

The same applies to share texts Copyright (including newspaper articles), images, videos, either a full or partial replication of protected content.

The libertarian organization Anonymous, a hacker group that defends freedom of exchange on the Internet, created the following video that shows his position on ACTA:

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