ACTA passed one of the several voting gates it needs to get through before becoming law.
It was ratified in Poland last night. This was the scene at Polish parliament afterwards, as (presumably) a bloc of anti-ACTA politicians expressed their displeasure and, perhaps without knowing it, foretell of the Anonymous repercussions to this bill.
Some things you should know:
Online petitions are meaningless. While they are well-intentioned and organized, the signing of a digital petition takes about twenty seconds, and does not require that you leave your beanbag chair in the coal cellar. Politicians know this, and pay just as much attention to online petitions as is warranted by a “political action” that is literally less strenuous than leaving a YouTube comment.
Nothing except direct action is going to do a goddamn thing. This means getting out in the street, it means DDoSing, it means vicious and widespread boycotts, site blackouts, and other strongarm tactics that actually impact the flow of money from corporations to lobbyists to politicians. How do you, as a tiny flailing consumer, do this? You can’t, really. You can join up with groups that are intent on doing actions that actually mean something, adding your voice to a chorus of hundreds or thousands, instead of screaming alone. You can contact celebrities, the spokespeople of our time, as ask them to leverage their followers on the issue. You can write to Tumblr and ask for more blackouts. None of these things will be very effective, so don’t be too disappointed when they don’t work, but they sure as fuck are more effective than online petitions, and the intense response to SOPA by corporations and consumers was responsible for getting it “tabled” (not dead, but dreaming lies).
Eventually, one of these bills will pass, and the pro-corporate laws will go into effect. Expect it. Be prepared. Learn to circumvent this garbage and you’ll have a leg up when the feds shut down the internet as we know it.
The best thing you can do now is install Tor and learn how to use it. Tor is free software and an open network that helps you defend against a form of network surveillance that threatens personal freedom and privacy, confidential business activities and relationships, and state security known as traffic analysis. In order to circumvent the coming corporate takeover of the web, we’re going to have to go underground, creating a sub-internet of encrypted nodes known as a “darknet”. It’s probably going to be like the internet was in the beginning, with most people only seeing what AOL wanted them to see, and only a small group of super-nerds existing outside of that bubble in the “real” internet. It’ll take another twenty years for them to catch up to us again.
Welcome to the grim cyberpunk future.
Also can someone add ‘VOTE’ to this list? not just for who’s going to be your president and next PM but ones that concern your local areas and states/proviences/ect as well. In the end this will not be an easy solve, if you want to be involved in what your government does you cant just sign petitions - its a LIFESTYLE change. Youth vote doesn’t count for much so make it count.
again - boycotting should be more then just a weekend or a month. IF you do not like a company or its practices you dont buy from them. Its a conscious choice we all make but often do not because we’re a generation based around consumption. You’ll save more money if you’re smarter with it anyway.
and please can we stop with the doomsday language
Reblogged for original post and comments. Prepare for the grim cyberpunk future full of mindful youth voters.
“From what I can tell it’s even LESS known than ACTA. I haven’t even been able to find any YouTube videos on it.
Here are two lovely quotes I think you will find interesting:
“A leaked version of the February 2011 draft U.S. TPP Intellectual Property Rights Chapter indicates that U.S. negotiators are pushing for the adoption of copyright measures far more restrictive than currently required by international treaties, including the controversial Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement.”
“The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative is pursuing a TPP agreement that will require signatory counties to adopt heightened copyright protection that advances the agenda of the U.S. entertainment and pharmaceutical industries, but omits the flexibilities and exceptions that protect Internet users and technology innovators.”
Yep, more restrictive than ACTA.
Countries will be forced to rewrite their copyright laws and adopt this agreement’s (beyond sucky) laws.
I don’t really know much about this myself, but here are a few points summarized from the article: -Temporary reproductions of copyrighted works without permission will count as infringement. (So I’m guessing you can’t put your music on an external drive if you’re getting a new computer?) -Countries can’t import legitimate goods without copyright owner approval. (So basically Japan could say that USA is no longer allowed to import anime.) -Extend the Life+70 years copyright in individual work, and the 95 years after publication/120 years for corporation stuff. -Ban circumvention of digital locks. (DMCA is a whole host of issues in and of itself.) -“Adopt criminal sanctions for copyright infringement that is done without a commercial motivation.” (Pretty self-explanatory there.) -“Adopt the U.S. DMCA Internet Intermediaries copyright safe harbor regime in its entirety. This would require Chile to rewrite its forward-looking 2010 copyright law that currently provides for a judicial notice and takedown regime, which provides greater protection to Internet users’ expression and privacy than the DMCA’s copyright safe harbor regime.” (Couldn’t have said it better myself.)” - WindieDragon
Mother of fucking god, I am seriously getting tired of the fucking US continuously fucking trying to fuck shit up by making so much fucking shit and caring so fucking much about fucking copyright and fucking intellectual fucking properly fucking problems when there are so many other fucking much more fucking important fucking problems that have to be fucking taken fucking care of. Fuck.
I don’t fucking care if this will fucking fill my fucking fuck quota of the fucking month, holy fucking shit balls on a dick.
I don’t fucking even fucking FUCK.
Just spread this shit. Just fucking do it.
What the fucking fuck, can’t they fucking give the internet a fucking break?!
rosalarian replied to your post: Comixpress is THE WORST printer I have ever come across IN MY LIFE! The books were flimsy, the ink would come off the cover on my hands, and they never sent 1/4 of my order and didn’t give a shit. They’re TERRIBLE.
Reblugging words of caution! FWIW, the only problem I had with Ka-Blam was they shipped my books as separate orders, so for a while I thought half the order was lost, but it arrived a couple days later. Well, that and the books were packaged inside bubble wrap (good) that was taped with tape that ruined the cover if it came in contact with it (bad). But the books themselves came out good.
(My experience with Transcon was a lot better, save for a small language barrier and some wonky FTP issues, but again, that’s offset so no sense in going that route for a small run)
Every time I see someone about to use Comixpress to print their comics, I feel like that moment in an action movie where you see a kid about to be crushed by some falling debris and the hero is all like “Nooooooooooooooooo!” and reaching for the kid in slow motion, and then pushes the kid out of the way.
The first run I ever did of YU+ME Vol. 1 was through Comixpress. I had to refund so many orders because pages fell out, or ink came off (often onto the other things in the order, so I had to refund/replace multiple things in the orders). And then there was the whole losing 1/4 of my order and them responding with “Meh.” Yeah, they were cheap, but taking into account 150 books I paid for but didn’t get, the cost per book that I actually received was higher. And then take into account the fact that I trashed/set fire to/shredded/used for packing material half the books I did get because they were so poorly made, the cost per book that actually got sold came out to something like $12, and they were only selling for $15.
If you need a cheap printer, go with CreateSpace. The setup process is hard and they’re incredibly restrictive in a few ways (comics are not their forte, and they refuse to see why someone would want to have text that bleeds off the edge or in any way goes outside safe zones). But they print things professionally. This means perfect binding, not just glue, this means coated covers that won’t come off on your fingers. Lulu is also good, but more expensive than CS. The benefit of Lulu is that they know a bit more about comics and are less restrictive.
Remember: you get what you pay for. You might not have a lot of money, but there are more options than you think for any price range, and the bottom of the barrel is usually more expensive in the long run.