All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘ACTA’

ACTA Is Still Alive and Kicking, Could Be Ratified Soon

Folks, you might want to get those Guy Fawkes masks out, and start working on your next anti-ACTA sign, because there’s a very real chance the European Parliament is going to circumvent the European Court of Justice and ratify it themselves. Initially, the ACTA (Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement) protests resulted in the decision to have the Court review the treaty, but …

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Vint Cerf Questions European Internet Regulation

Google’s Internet Evangelist is out and about overseas, extolling the virtues of European Internet regulation, if, by “extolling,” I mean trashing it for being impractical. Cerf’s comments, while being applied to the EU’s proposed “right to be forgotten” proposal that’s the talk of the Union. From my brief exposure to the concept, the “ePrivacy,” something software giant Adobe discusses at …

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Sen. Wyden Demands Vote On American Copyright, Patent Treaties

If you are curious about about what goes on in copyright and trade negotiations and more specifically how the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) functions, or if they function, you would be on the same page as Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon. He has had enough of the secrecy when it comes to these negotiations and he would like the Senate …

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ACTA Referred To European Court of Justice

Is the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement treaty, otherwise known as ACTA, compatible with what is referred to as the EU’s “fundamental rights and freedoms?” Some EU officials are asking that very question, and to help determine the answer, EU trade chief Karel De Gucht indicated the highly-flammable — at least from a social sense — piece of legislation would be referred …

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Anonymous Continues Anti-ACTA Attack On U.S. Government

At some point, there’s going to be a massive, mainstream media-friendly bust where a bunch of 20-somethings are led away for the world to see, with FBI officials holding press conferences claiming the scourge of the Anonymous hacker group has been eliminated. Until that time, however, sit back and enjoy the ride as Anonymous takes down yet another site, all …

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Bulgaria Joins the No ACTA Crowd

Did this past weekend’s anti-ACTA movement in Europe get their message across to the ruling governments? While the fallout is still being measured, at least one country has decided to say “no” to the treaty, putting them with the small, but growing group of foreign governments that, at least at this point, have rejected ACTA. The latest country to deny …

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ACTA Protests Erupt Across Europe

We reported Friday on the organization of massive anti-ACTA protests around the world. We are now able to see just how big and widespread the protests were. Reuters is reporting that over 25,000 protesters took to the streets across various German cities to protest ACTA. They also report that 4,000 Bulgarians were outside protesting the treaty in Sofia. There were …

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CIA.gov Not Available, Anonymous Takes Credit [Updated]

Update: CNN is reporting that sites affiliated with Mexico’s mining ministry and the state of Alabama were also taken down. They’re also reporting that the CIA’s site was back up by this morning, but cia.gov is currently down from where we are sitting. What you’re seeing is a screenshot of what happens when you try to access the CIA’s website …

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The Great Battle of Skyrim: When Video Games, Mods And YouTube Come Together

There’s no denying the absolute runaway popularity of Bethesda’s Skyrim. A quick Google search of “Game of the Year, 2011” reveals as much, but make no mistake, the popularity of the game is well-earned. What makes a great thing even better, however, is when fans offer their take on an already-great intellectual property, much like YouTube user Tyrannicon has provided …

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Megaupload Takedown Didn’t Impact Piracy At All

Clearly, the lessons that Napster offered about piracy all those years ago have yet to sink in with the authorities that are trying to “clean up” the Internet. According to a study conducted by DeepField Networks, as pointed out by BGR.com, while the Megaupload takedown did have an impact on global web traffic, it did little-to-nothing to stem file-sharing traffic, …

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Germany Delays Signing ACTA

Have all the anti-ACTA protests started to sway European politicians? Maybe this weekend’s plans for mass protest is what did it, but there does appear to be some headway being made against the overreaching attempts at Internet regulation that have permeated throughout the collective social conscious. According to various reports, Germany will not be signing the controversial treaty, at least …

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Alan Moore Discusses Guy Fawkes Masks, Protests

If you’ve been following the anti-Internet regulation hubbub, as well as Anonymous’ hijinks, then you’ve undoubtedly noticed the masks many protesters have been wearing, exactly like the lead image suggests. While these masks have become incredibly popular because of these protests, and because Anonymous has adopted them as their logo, for those who may not know, the masks were first …

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