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Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] elle_blessing at So. This is going to be about politics. Meet ACTA.
Online Censorship



If you thought SOPA was bad, just wait until you meet ACTA. Also, Find out what ACTA is, and why it's a problem.

ACTA is not the European SOPA. It’s an INTERNATIONAL treaty that will apply to every country that signs it. ACTA will not just affect websites, and have them blocked out of the internet - its measures go as far as surveillance of anything you share through private channels.

Oh, yeah. And the Obama administration already signed it without Congressional approval a few months ago. So much for the White House's sentiments against SOPA that "Any effort to combat online piracy must guard against the risk of online censorship..."

Apparently they didn't really mean it. You can read all about how the Obama administration is trying to pass this off as an "executive agreement" as opposed to a international treaty so they didn't have to ask for the Congress's permission. And how it's fundamentally unconstitutional. Basically, Article 1, Section 8 of the US Constitution says that intellectual property is an issue under Congress's purview, and not the President's. Since it is an issue clearly stated in the Constitution as not being under the President's control, ACTA should be submitted to the Senate for approval.

Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon even wrote the President on this very issue last October:

“[T]he executive branch lacks constitutional authority to enter into binding international agreements on matters under Congress’s plenary powers, including the Article I powers to regulate foreign commerce and protect intellectual property,” the letter from Wyden states. “Yet, through ACTA and without your clarification, the USTR looks to be claiming the authority to do just that.”

So, what can we as Americans do to stop ACTA?

Well, if you already signed the White House petition to "End ACTA and Protect Our Right to Privacy on the Internet," IT'S NOT ENOUGH. The US has already signed the agreement. The only way we can get out of ACTA as a country is if it is brought before the Senate for ratification.

HERE'S WHAT YOU NEED TO DO:

Alright. So now what?

Well, did you know that over 10,000 people in Poland have flooded the streets in opposition to ACTA? And that Ireland and 26 other European countries will sign tomorrow? What is especially fishy about ACTA is that not only was it developed (AND SIGNED HERE IN THE US) behind closed doors, but in Europe unelected officials were part of its development.

Eight of the 11 ACTA participating countries have signed the agreement and the battle now mainly lies in the European Union. This week, the Council of the European Union—one of the European Union’s two legislative bodies, composed of executives from the 27 EU member states—adopted ACTA during a completely unrelated meeting on agriculture and fisheries. It is now up to the European Parliament, the EU’s other legislative body, to give consent on ACTA in the coming year.

So y'all getting it? Done in secret. Unelected officials were involved in the development. Signed in secret in many countries. Has the potential to change the internet as we know it.

After ACTA is signed by Poland, Ireland, most European countries and the EU itself tomorrow, the only thing that stands between ACTA and the world, really, is the European Parliament. If they don't ratify ACTA, it won't go into effect in Europe.

SO WHAT ELSE CAN WE DO ON A GLOBAL SCALE? Sign the petition at accessnow.org to encourage the European Union to take a stand and vote "NO" on ACTA.


After you've spread the word, watch the video Anonymous made about ACTA. Be educated about this y'all. Our ability to even write and share posts like this one are in danger if we're not in the know and DOING something.


adelagia: (oregon trail fail)
Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] elle_blessing at ACTA. The New SOPA. Only not.
Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] cantarina1 at post
Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] electricdruid at The fiasco continues
ACTA in a Nutshell –
What is ACTA? ACTA is the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement. A new intellectual property enforcement treaty being negotiated by the United States, the European Community, Switzerland, and Japan, with Australia, the Republic of Korea, New Zealand, Mexico, Jordan, Morocco, Singapore, the United Arab Emirates, and Canada recently announcing that they will join in as well.
Why should you care about ACTA? Initial reports indicate that the treaty will have a very broad scope and will involve new tools targeting “Internet distribution and information technology.”
What is the goal of ACTA? Reportedly the goal is to create new legal standards of intellectual property enforcement, as well as increased international cooperation, an example of which would be an increase in information sharing between signatory countries’ law enforcement agencies.
Essential ACTA Resources -
  • Read more about ACTA here: ACTA Fact Sheet
  • Read the authentic version of the ACTA text as of 15 April 2011, as finalized by participating countries here: ACTA Finalized Text
  • Follow the history of the treaty’s formation here: ACTA history
  • Read letters from U.S. Senator Ron Wyden wherein he challenges the constitutionality of ACTA: Letter 1 | Letter 2 | Read the Administration’s Response to Wyden’s First Letter here: Response
  • Watch a short informative video on ACTA: ACTA Video
  • Watch a lulzy video on ACTA: Lulzy Video
Say NO to ACTA. It is essential to spread awareness and get the word out on ACTA.
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This entry was originally posted on Dreamwidth.

What. No.

Dec. 23rd, 2011 11:49 am
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I've been casually reading the comments threads at the latest LJ news release and found a bunch of people complaining that their accounts had been set to Autopay without their consent. So, just to be safe, I checked mine. Lo and behold.

I have never agreed to use autopayments before on LJ. And yet, there it was, bright and bushy-tailed and ready to charge my credit card, which should not have been stored on the site in the first place because I DON'T USE AUTOPAY.

Check your accounts, dudes.

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Dear people of the internet (and also occasionally of real life),

The term for Japanese ritual suicide is harakiri. Please note how it is not homonymous with the name of the legendary Chicago baseball announcer.

Thank you, and have a nice day.

This message brought to you by the Cranky Old Women's Foundation for Grammatical Persnicketiness.

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Please stand by for a Very Important Announcement. In 3, 2, 1...

[livejournal.com profile] accordingtomel and I are having another Improv-a-ganza rewatch this Saturday at 1EST/12CST. Come and join us on the gchat! Here's what you can expect:

a) Utter hilarity
b) Possibility of (a) causing you to wet yourself
c) Guarantee of sworn secrecy if (b) takes an embarrassing turn
d) Fangirling
e) Lots of fangirling

It's quality fun! Or, "totally partyyyy!" as some might say. DM, PM, email or leave a comment for one of us for the sooper sekrit details!

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Haaay, Paper Legendaries! Today's comic is for everyone who's a cheerleader or has got a cheerleader or wants to be a cheerleader at the fabulous [livejournal.com profile] paperlegends comm. And if you want to celebrate and share the cheerleading love, head on over to THIS POST.

And this is how Merlin gets it done:

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Previous Big Bang comics:
Epic
Give Me an A
Please Stop Helping

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Artist sign-ups at [livejournal.com profile] paperlegends close next week, May 6th! If you haven't already done, get on it, you talented people, you! :)




Previous Big Bang comics:
Epic
Give Me an A


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With an astonishing 182 writers signed up, [livejournal.com profile] paperlegends could use more cheerleaders! If you've been dithering about signing up, now's the time to do it, as cheerleader sign-ups have been extended to Sunday, March 6. *\0/* <-- that could be you!

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originally drawn for [livejournal.com profile] the_muppet


IT'S MERLIN BIG BANG TIME. HELL TO THE YES.

[livejournal.com profile] paperlegends sign-ups open on February 1st. HOORAY \0/ That is already TODAY for some of you! Get cracking, everybody! SQUEE. :D

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Dear f-list,

If you aren't already watching Community, a) WHY NOT and b) do it do it do it. Without getting too long-winded and squeeful, lemme just plug the show by saying that its writing and ensemble chemistry are near the calibre of Arrested Development, and is as good as, if not better than 30 Rock in its early seasons.

But mostly, this PSA is an excuse for me to post this picture:

Spoiler pic for Halloween episode )

Couldn't you just look at that forever? Alternately giggling and drooling? THIS SHOW.

(Also, Donald Glover -- the lovely young man pictured -- is one of the best physical performers I have ever seen. Seriously, watch Community, everybody.)


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EVERYBODY WATCH FUTURAMA TONIGHT ON COMEDY CENTRAL 10PM/9C. Those of you with cable, anyway. The rest of us will just have to find other, sneakier means of enjoying the show.

All glory to the Hypnotoad!

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