Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Last week the internet was all about PIPA and SOPA and now that those have temporarily been put on the shelf due to public outcry (and many government and media websites being taken down by hacktivists). Now there is ACTA, the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, which establishes international standards on intellectual property. This was drafted mainly by US multinational corporations and the RIAA and MPAA (which were the sole beneficiars and supporters of PIPA and SOPA (there were a large number of multination corporations that stood against these two bills)). ACTA establishes an international legal framework and would create a governing body outside established international institutions. Canada was one of the first countries to join over 6 years ago and has been fully supportive of all the bills that see big businesses wants covered at the expense of their citizens and their privacy.