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Check out this thread started by +Nicolas Charbonnier. It has generated some really interesting discussion. https://plus.google.com/u/0/106075758531242552855/posts/XkidZ2SN7od
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Google needs to act against ACTA now. Propose a law that legalizes piracy. Simply suggest everyone pay approx $10/month through taxes for unlimited access to all contents on the web. That's $120 Billion per year for Europe and the USA. Plenty enough to sponsor all movies, music, tv, ebooks, apps and everything else on the web! The solution is that easy! Google simply needs to say it!

ACTA gets signed secretly last Thursday by 22 countries including UK, US, Australia, Canada, Japan, Morocco, New Zealand, Singapore and South Korea. Euro MP Kader Arif quits:

I condemn the whole process which led to the signature of this agreement: no consultation of the civil society, lack of transparency since the beginning of negotiations, repeated delays of the signature of the text without any explanation given, reject of Parliament's recommendations as given in several resolutions of our assembly.

This agreement can have major consequences on citizens' lives, however, everything is made to prevent the European Parliament from having its say in this matter. I want to send a strong signal and alert the public opinion about this unacceptable situation. I will not take part in this masquerade.

The treaty has caused controversy since an early discussion paper was published by Wikileaks in 2008 - two years after negotiations first began. The details were subsequently confirmed in 2010.

People took to the streets across Poland to protest against Acta
If ratified, it proposes to improve "the enforcement of intellectual property rights" in participating countries.

It suggests setting international standards over how copyright infringements are dealt with, with preventative measures including possible imprisonment and fines.
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