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Americans, we helped you and spread awareness about SOPA. Now it's time to help us. Europe has their own SOPA, called ACTA.

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Please help. We won’t be able to send you BBC and European TV and stuff if this passes. As my friend said, this is dangerous and scary.

I’m not sure how to set one up, someone please make a petition.

+ Canada. Canada is included in this as well. fml. 

 ACTA is actually worldwide!

The negotiating parties include: Australia, Canada, the European Union, Japan, Mexico, Morocco, New Zealand, the Republic of Korea, Singapore, Switzerland and the United States. And according to Wikipedia of all these participants only The EU, Mexico, and Switzerland have yet to sign!!!

All the negotiations were conducted behind closed doors until a series of leaked documents relating to the negotiations emerged which explains why there is little to no media coverages.

This is all scary stuff. Read more about ACTA at Wikipedia och check out this video: ACTA EXPLAINED.

Hey RCS followers, I don’t post much political/activist stuff on RCS that much anymore - instead, I act as a contributing editor for WeSpeakForEarth and post it there - but this is pretty important. 

As we’re all well aware of SOPA and PIPA by now, and as we’re all familiar with gov’t and corporate corruption, it’s important to mention this proposed legislation which would similarly endanger the internet.

And I’m not saying that piracy isn’t a problem, but I don’t think these bills are the solutions. They favor the interests and concerns of the 1% - worldwide - instead of the 99%, which legislation in democracies should care most about. 

So please take a minute. Check out the wiki link, and sign the petition - Here. (Takes 30 seconds.)

-Ari

P.s. Inspiration? At least for some.

I’m sorry, but this is getting utterly ridiculous.

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A Day’s Worth of Facts to Get You Through Wikipedia’s 24-Hour Blackout

BY BEN GREENMAN

  1. A triangle is a geometric figure that has three sides.
  2. A whale is a mammal, not a fish.
  3. The Civil War was the bloodiest conflict in American history, with casualties approaching 700,000.
  4. An old form of broom was the besom, which was made simply of twigs tied to a handle, and was relatively inefficient as a cleaning implement.
  5. Unlike his contemporaries, Goethe didn’t see darkness as an absence of light, but rather as polar to and interacting with light.
  6. Goethe was a talking serpent who lived in Egypt at the start of the eighth century. He had blue eyes, beautiful blue eyes.
  7. One is the loneliest number.
  8. Trees can speak. They just choose not to.
  9. The first ruler of Turkey was, in fact, a turkey.
  10. You know that girl you really like? She doesn’t like you nearly as much and never will, unless your interest in her suddenly vanishes, in which case she may well start to like you. This may seem like a paradox, and it is, assuming that a paradox is a medieval weapon of torture.

(via McSweeney’s)

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SOPA lives—and MPAA calls protests an "abuse of power"

(from wilwheaton)

The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) has looked at tomorrow’s “Internet blackout” in opposition to the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA)—and it sees only a “gimmick,” a “stunt,” “hyperbole,” “a dangerous and troubling development,” an “irresponsible response,” and an “abuse of power.”

“Wikipedia, reddit, and others are going dark to protest the legislation, while sites like Scribd and Google will also protest. In response, MPAA chief Chris Dodd wheeled out the big guns and started firing the rhetoric machine-gun style. 

“Only days after the White House and chief sponsors of the legislation responded to the major concern expressed by opponents and then called for all parties to work cooperatively together, some technology business interests are resorting to stunts that punish their users or turn them into their corporate pawns, rather than coming to the table to find solutions to a problem that all now seem to agree is very real and damaging.”

Can I interrupt for a moment? Thanks. When you complain that opponents didn’t “come to the table to find solutions”, do you mean that we didn’t give NINETY-FOUR MILLION DOLLARS to congress like the MPAA? Or do you mean that we didn’t come to the one hearing that Lamar Smith held, where opponents of SOPA were refused an opportunity to comment? Help me out, here, Chris Dodd, because I’m really trying hard to understand you.

“It is an irresponsible response and a disservice to people who rely on them for information and use their services. It is also an abuse of power given the freedoms these companies enjoy in the marketplace today. It’s a dangerous and troubling development when the platforms that serve as gateways to information intentionally skew the facts to incite their users in order to further their corporate interests.”

Oh ha ha. Ho. Ho. The MPAA talking about “skewing the facts to incite” anyone is just too much. 

“A so-called “blackout” is yet another gimmick, albeit a dangerous one, designed to punish elected and administration officials who are working diligently to protect American jobs from foreign criminals.”

Except for the part where this is completely false, it’s a valid point.

“It is our hope that the White House and the Congress will call on those who intend to stage this “blackout” to stop the hyperbole and PR stunts and engage in meaningful efforts to combat piracy.”

Riiiiiiight. Protesting to raise awareness of terrible legislation that will destroy the free and open Internet  is an abuse of power, but buying NINETY-FOUR MILLION DOLLARS worth of congressional votes is just fine.

I’m so disappointed in Chris Dodd. He was a pretty good senator, wrote some bills (like Dodd/Frank) that are genuinely helping people, and is going to be on the wrong side of every argument as head of the MPAA. What a wasted legacy.

—Wil Wheaton

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