ACTA, the Long Tail of SOPA
The string of circumstances that purports to care about the individual rights contained in copyright law has a very shady history, one that has been hidden away from public view while its proponents slide a high-inside pitch past the public. ACTA, the Anti Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, sounds like a consumer protection and isn't, it's a move by big business to keep us from prying their strangling fingers off our consumerist neck.
There are several things to which we should pay some strict attention during the heated discussion now in the press.
The current flap wouldn't even be flapping if it weren't for Julian Assange and Wikileaks, who brought this clandestine move to the public attention. It was meant to be a quietly stolen base, entirely outside the rules of the game.
The new rules proposed for the game were contrived in the dark of night, entirely by and to benefit the home team.
The dudes in favor of new rules to protect you and me (the actual authors of the new rules) are the sam…