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Anonymous is ready for ACTA assault

Expect trouble
Thu Jan 26 2012, 09:07

HACTIVIST GROUP Anonymous is awaiting the result of talks on ACTA today and readying itself for an attack.

ACTA, or the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement is an international treaty that hands the policing of 'piracy' to rights holders. Think of it as being like giving cats control over fishtanks, then imagine that those cats are really, really hungry.

The treaty already has the support of the US, Australia, Canada, Japan, Morocco, New Zealand, Singapore and South Korea. It has been called worse than SOPA and PIPA and today it is due to be signed by Poland.

"ALERT: #ACTA Will Be Signed by UE & US tomorrow - EXPECT US!," says a tweeted message from the @Anonops Twitter account, "Are you going to stay quiet? Say NO to #ACTA!"

"Getting News that #ACTA will be signed very soon, as soon at tomorrow," adds the Operation Leaks account, "Ol boy Expect Us like never before. #Anonymous".

Marietje Schaake, Member of the European Parliament has posted her thoughts on ACTA at Reddit, where she argued that existing laws need reform, not the imposition of this draconian treaty.

"As a Member of the European Parliament (EP), I am concerned about the ACTA treaty in the international trade committee... The internet blackouts by thousands of websites last week in protest of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect Intellectual Property Act (PIPA) have raised lively discussions," she wrote.

"Instead of focusing on enforcement, we must focus on reform, while keeping in mind that it is not the government's job to preserve certain business models against the forces of the free market."

In Poland protesters are already lining the streets in opposition to the trade agreement that would let rights holders set fines and punishments for 'piracy'. µ


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