Having routed the copyright maximalists in the United States with the death of PIPA/SOPA, the attention of the Internet has turned to ACTA – the European Union’s equally nasty legislation.
- The Electronic Frontiers Foundation explains the dangers behind ACTA.
- The EU’s parliamentary rapporteur for ACTA resigned because the legislation was handled so poorly.
- La Quadrature du Net has a list of counter-arguments against ACTA, which also dispels a number of myths that have been spread about the legislation
Speaking of PIPA/SOPA, a number of comments have been made following their defeat:
- Stephen Kinsella of the Center for the Study of Innovative Freedom claimed that ‘SOPA is the symptom, copyright is the disease’ and that many of the problems with PIPA/SOPA are endemic to copyright itself.
- The EFF isn’t trying to destroy copyright altogether, but it too says that legislation is not the answer to ‘piracy’: innovation is.
- The Technotaph suggests that people fight the destructive influence of the conventional music and film industries by adopting free, libre and open alternatives. We couldn’t agree more, especially with his taste in music!
Next time: discussion of the Megaupload seizures and the state of free culture.