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Oppose the ACTA bill

Comment 6th July 2010

This bill should be opposed at all cost.

Why does this matter?

 

This new proposal would criminalize "infringements that have no direct or indirect motivation of financial gain" — which currently would be considered a petty civil offense in most countries.  The language about criminalization states "each party shall provide for effective proportionate and dissuasive penalties" to include "imprisonment and monetary fines".

I also asks members to enforce the provision against language "inciting and aiding" piracy.  That provision could impose criminal or civil fines for those who write supportively about piracy, essentially silencing their free speech. 


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