The capital of South Korea, Seoul, once again played host to the Anti-Conterfeiting Trade Agreement negotiations yesterday, where representatives from corporations within the entertainment industry attempted to force their agenda upon the board in which presided over the hearings. Keep in mind these meetings were supposed to be about free trade and the prevention of global piracy.
What was originally intended to be an oversight committee on world wide commercial piracy, had been turned into a manipulative war of words against file sharing and the rights of those whom choose to share. Without proper defense, only one side of the argument was heard, and few will be surprised to learn that that side was in favor of the behemoth entertainment industry.
Ideas which were manifested at the event, began with a starstuck list of demands toward the Internet Service Providers of the world. The industry has demanded that ISP's proactively filter copyrighted material from their networks, and agree to disclose the names of anyone suspected of being involved in "illegal" file sharing.
Another demand to the ISP's was that if they wished to benefit from "safe harbor provisions", they would have to disconnect the supply of bandwidth to anyone suspected of "illegal" file sharing, for up to one year. If they were not to comply with the demand, than any copyright holder would be allowed to sue the ISP directly for failing to stop their customers from engaging in what they called "crucial" file sharing.
They also recommended that nations would be forced to prohibit or prevent the sale of any technology which allows for the manipulation of DRM in digital media and electronic devices. Any nation that did not support the measure, would be charged an extreme tax for the importing of the said protected media into their borders.
As if this was not enough, they demanded that nations of the world unite to announce a "broad" notice-and-takedown regime, meaning that ISPs would be forced to remove all alleged copyrighted materials, without first hearing any evidence in favor of the accused. This is not only illegal, but radical. Money talks though, and the politics of fear is what the industry does best.
Jordan Carter, whom is the Deputy Executive Director of InternetNZ, a company which is dedicated to the promotion of a free and open internet, had stated in response the the meeting, “Big music and movie interests, and other content producers, are conducting a global campaign to put their interests ahead of citizens’ rights to use the Internet and to not be subject to unreasonable and arbitrary penalties that do nothing for the public interest." Oh how true is this, seeing that no pro file sharing groups, or representatives were even invited to the meeting, which was not even supposed to be on the topic of file sharing to begin with.
These types of behind the scenes shady meetings are happening worldwide with entertainment industry executives, and media behemoth corporations, without a fair and balanced debate from the internet service providers or any peer to peer groups. Thus, Hollywood and the industry as a whole are able to spread their agenda, with no criticism, inciting backlash against nations which do not agree, and intimidating the countries into following their requests as if it's the gospel.
Michael Masnick, a columnist for Techdirt recently wrote in his online blog, "This is not about free trade at all, but this is an entertainment industry-written bill designed to recreate the internet in its image — as a broadcasting platform, rather than one used for user-generated content and communication.” How exactly this was ever allowed to happen, is beyond anyone.
An organization such as the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, is supposed to represent all sides of the situation. Sadly though, it seems that protecting the financial interests of major corporations is all that it's representing, and proving it is doing nothing along the lines of "Anti-Counterfeiting" at all. In reality, this group which has so much influence on the global market, is merely a front or a group of lobbyists allowing the agenda of big business to be implanted into the minds of world leaders.
Why such a major treaty, as the one being decided in yesterday's meetings, is going on behind closed doors as if shrouded in mystery and sworn to secrecy, is a question many representing free internet and file sharing groups will probably not have answered. These treaties being decided can have great implications on the world markets, such as tariffs and trade barriers between nations, but yet not every side gets their story heard? Not only is this shocking, but outrageous.
The ACTA has written a letter to the United States president, Barack Obama, stating that the "ACTA aims to set international legal norms, potentially driving changes to substantive intellectual property legal regimes on an international basis. Attempts to force a multilateral intellectual property agreement through trade processes unsuited for it does a disservice to citizens, public policy, and the USTR alike.”
Maybe not in South Korea, but in America, laws are not to be decided in a back room shady business deal, but they must be debated without political agenda in Congress where all of the willing American citizens can freely see whom is in favor of which side of a bill, before it is ever made into legislation to be signed by any leader. This reason alone, has many American activists screaming that something is definitely afoul here.
We already have strict enforcement of file sharing legislation being pushed upon the nations of the world, but for something so pertinent to the future and the freedom of the internet, to be decided without any debate, without any notification, is a downright violation of the rights of a human being. Such injustice, will not quietly be agreed upon, regardless if mainstream media choose to cover this story or not.
Here on Extra Torrent, I for one choose to keep you informed, even if your local television or mainstream media choose to silence this topic or pull the blinds over your eyes from seeing what is going on. We cannot allow this, and we the people, will not do so without a fight. If the corporations of the free worlds truly believe they can commit such an injustice behind closed doors, then they are truly underestimating the power of the internet, and how people react when something such as this occurs without their input.
Again I do intend to keep you posted about this controversy going on right in front of us, and as soon as more facts are available, I will bring them to your attention. Until then, please tell your friends, family, and neighbors about the grave consequences of allowing the multi billion dollar corporations to censor your rights on the internet. The internet is only the beginning, I assure you. One day you will be stripped of all rights, in order to make you "conform" and follow their one world one nation goals of controlling the population on Earth.
November 7th, 2009Posted by: Date:
Saturday, November 7th, 2009
|GR8 POST OBS|
like always very informative and a bitter truth that needs to be brought out one way or the other
|and also i feel gr8 about being the second one to post|
|posted by (2009-11-07 13:21:31)|
|"One day you will be stripped of all rights, in order to make you "conform" and follow their one world one nation goals of controlling the population on Earth" i thought the USA was already tyring to rule the world by forcing all other nation to agree with them or go to war with them.And if ppl really want to get 1 up on hollywood then STOP buying their dvd's STOP paying to go to the cinema hit them where it hurts in there pocket.|
|posted by (2009-11-07 14:20:14)|
|talk about having are rights taken away from us.|
|posted by (2009-11-07 15:35:16)|
|i hear ya on this obs but i beleive that censorship is the least of the problems.bush took away our rights and obama took it a step futher.what can we do as individuals to fight man?|
|posted by (2009-11-07 15:40:20)|
|Lets forget about file sharing for one second. This is about taking over a service (the Internet)that the entertainment industry had nothing to do with. I was on CompuServe way back in the early 80s. I had to phone a friend and tell him I was going to be on and could say hi over the computer. From there the people changed and evolved it to what it is today. This really pisses me off that now it is up and running properly, they want to dictate to us what and how it should be used. If that happens we might be able to go the way of "Internet Ham Radio" and pass information without the overpriced ISP's. This is not theirs in any way shape or form. BACK OFF!! (you can change BACK to another four letter word if you prefer).|
|posted by (2009-11-07 15:50:58)|
|This article annoyed me so much I checked out the possibility of my Internet Ham Radio idea, well it seems it has already been tried and is possible but at this time is just to expensive to be utilized properly. I thought I might just have invented something new.|
Sorry Guys and gals, No such luck..Yet!
|posted by (2009-11-07 17:09:25)|
|hope its cool to put this here :) pretty interesting|
|thanks OBS. this is some scary stuff.|
|just goes to show you, money can buy anything. even other peoples rights...|
why not start building are one Backbone and setup a private set of ISP's. with consumers goals in mind, NOT big-brother and the Industry's wallets.
|posted by (2009-11-07 21:34:13)|
|Thanks Obs and jimmy357 for the articles. It seems that pro eletronic rights and P2P supporters are losing ground on alot of fronts. As the MPAA and like minded corporate dogs are making big pushes recently. We need to fight back any way we can right now as they are using back door politics and getting very harmful media coverage like the completely one sided interview on CBS hosted by 60 Minutes. One thing I'm seeing over and over here is the just plain biased coverage that they spread without objection. Hard to get our side out when they own most of the possible outlets for us to get our side out and show the world how Hollywood is trying to own your rights. Obviously they feel threatened by EFF or any P2P supporter since they wont go toe to toe in any of this coverage. Which should tell we are on the side of right here if they are to scared to defend their new view of what the internet should be against people who know what their talkin about. Instead they use threats and payments to persued their victims as they know they have no legal grounds to enforce this destruction of the freedom on the web. Bottom line is we have step our game right now as they have and Obs your certainly on the front lines here and I sallute you and everyone else who stands for our freedoms.|
|Thank you for bringing this information to my attention. Another salvo against the free will of all men (and women)|