New data on ACTA is now arriving daily and we’re beginning to be able to triangulate on the contents of the secret treaty. A key discovery for me that Geist documents here is that it’s actually Europe that is pressing for infringement of copyright to become a criminal offense, something that the European Parliament blocked once in IPRED2 yet which the Commission is treating as if it was already settled law in Europe.
As every day passes we’re discovering that all the assurances the Commission is giving are actually hollow sophistry. Now is the time for the European Parliament to prove they are actually an instrument of democracy rather than a dead letter validating a pseudo-democratic oligarchy.
Handy reference for next time you need to remember what not to say.
Very interesting analysis from EFF adds depth and colour to the case (see yesterday’s Ars Technica link for details).
One of the huge benefits of liberating the source of commercial products is that, when they are no longer needed by their owner, the people who depend on them can continue to look after themselves. This is a great example, with Norwegian company ForgeRock picking up the threads and carrying on support and development for codebases that are no longer required. Very satisfying to see this validation of our strategy.
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