It is a shame and a sad irony that I have to swap the “STOP CENSORSHIP”-banner for the “STOP ACTA”-logo on my website.
The on- and offline protests against SOPA have at least delayed voting on SOPA/PIPA and – as it seems – stopped this
legislation (read: lobbying) for the near future. Since I’m not American, putting up a banner and spreading the word about SOPA/PIPA were my means of protest against it.
But it continues..
Lobbying and corruption are of course a global threats. Some days ago the EU signed ACTA.
The EU is of course a shameless euphemism, because it wasn’t the democratically elected European Parliament which signed it – it was the European Commission (plus presidency and states), which can be read as: Lobbyists signing their own treaty.
ACTA – what?
There are plenty of well-written explanations what ACTA is – see next paragaraph or this video (subtitles in several languages present):
What to do?
Also in this case there is hope: The final decision about ACTA lies at the European Parliament. So look here » and here » for more information and how to contact the responsible MEPs and how to take further action.
Stop ACTA information
European Union Signs ACTA, But Future of Treaty in Doubt
European Parliament Official In Charge Of ACTA Quits, And Denounces The ‘Masquerade’ Behind ACTA
Google’s thank you for the protests against SOPA/PIPA