Are Americans aware of ACTA, Europe's version of SOPA, that could have a significant impact on US companies?
hughye 2 years ago
I know most Americans have enough of their own concerns without spending a lot of time watching the Beeb, but I wonder if there is awareness of an EU treaty that SOPA supporters would love. 22 nations have signed on so far to the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA). The thing is, it isn't as if on-line has clear borders, and many of the biggest tech companies here, are your American businesses. Google, Apple, Microsoft, Facebook, they are all here and they are all big players.
ACTA serves the same purported purpose as SOPA and in a different manner CIPSA in the US. The claim is to protect copyrighted material, the result is likely to be increased monitoring of individuals, lack of respect for citizens' privacy and possible fines and jail time for individuals inadvertently violating restrictions. The EU Parliament's rapporteur on ACTA said just a few days past that ACTA lacked adequate protection for citzens' rights. If you think that these sort of things don't affect Americans, I suggest that one should ask Google about the German Court decision against YouTube. Considering the significant impact it could have on American companies doing business in the EU, I am curious as to what level of awareness there exists in America of ACTA?
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