Head of Mozilla Says ACTA Is 'A Bad Way To Develop Internet Policy'

from the lizard-wrangler-speaks dept

One telling sign of the widespread concern about SOPA/PIPA was that the non-profit Mozilla Foundation, which oversees the open source Firefox and Thunderbird projects, abandoned its non-interventionist policy, and came out strongly against the bills. It first signed a joint letter sent to the key sponsors of both bills, and then modified its home page, pointing to further information about SOPA. That, in its turn, linked to a post entitled "PIPA/SOPA and Why You Should Care," written by Mitchell Baker, the Chair of the Mozilla Foundation.

Baker has now written another, entitled "ACTA is a Bad Way To Develop Internet Policy", which explicitly links ACTA and SOPA/PIPA:

One aspect of the controversy about ACTA is the closed process where only a tiny subset of people affected by the law were allowed to participate. Another great controversy is about the actual content of ACTA. We know that the goal of stopping unauthorized access to digital content can lead to very dangerous results. The proposed SOPA and PIPA legislation in the U.S made this abundantly clear. This is an area where even good intentions can lead to imbalanced and dangerous results.
The post is fairly restrained, and basically recommends that people should find out more about ACTA and "make their voice heard." But it's a further indication that people from all sectors are waking up to the problems with ACTA, just as they did with SOPA/PIPA.

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    TheLoot (profile), Feb 15th, 2012 @ 4:34pm

    We all know the truth...

    Mozilla makes money because of all the people using it's browser to access illegal sites.

     

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    TheLoot (profile), Feb 15th, 2012 @ 4:35pm

    Re: We all know the truth...

    Ugh, remind me not to use actual code... It should have said "/sarcasm /possible content response" at the end.

     

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    fb39ca4, Feb 15th, 2012 @ 4:39pm

    No duh.

     

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    The Groove Tiger (profile), Feb 15th, 2012 @ 5:27pm

    Re: Re: We all know the truth...

    FBI Raids Mozilla Headquarters, Gets Eaten by Red Dinosaur.

     

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    TtfnJohn (profile), Feb 15th, 2012 @ 5:41pm

    The best thing happening here is that ACTA is finally getting the attention it deserves and did from the start. I get very nervous when negotiators get together in private to discuss things like this with no one outside the "select" group taking part and nothing happening in public.

    With some luck (and good planning) perhaps this will swing a spotlight over to TPP which is just as bad, perhaps worse. Though we won't know until we ever get to see the complete text of that proposed treaty.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 15th, 2012 @ 6:44pm

    Snore.

    Mozilla is bed with Google.

    Google is trying to promote piracy because they're greedy billionaires that can't make their own content. They promote it via tech astroturf groups and blogs like Techdirt.

    Nobody is fooled by tech propaganda anymore after the giant lying campaign that went down over SOPA.

     

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    MahaliaShere, Feb 15th, 2012 @ 6:52pm

    Re: Re: Re: We all know the truth...

    I'd really love to see this, Jurassic Park style.

    I' m doing my best to get through all the legalese. Who decided to make law so long-winded?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 15th, 2012 @ 6:53pm

    Re:

    Has anyone ever been fooled by your shilling?

     

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    pyro, Feb 15th, 2012 @ 7:03pm

    Re: Re: Re: We all know the truth...

    Remains are then burnt by small red fox.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 15th, 2012 @ 7:46pm

    Re: We all know the truth...

    Actually, Mozilla makes money by having a Google search built into their browser. So indirectly, you are correct.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 15th, 2012 @ 8:56pm

    Re: Re:

    They're nothing but a faction of Big Comment.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 15th, 2012 @ 10:08pm

    Re: Re: We all know the truth...

    It never ceases to amaze me how much web surfing copyright extremists attribute to piracy. Do you think people just constantly look for that stuff and ignore the rest of the Internet? I mean, REALLY?

    I hate to break it to you, but the stuff Big Media puts out isn't even remotely that entertaining. Legitimate usage of the Internet is much more fun.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 15th, 2012 @ 10:11pm

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    1/10

    You're way too provocative to be taken seriously. Be more subtle next time for a better response.

     

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    Prisoner 201, Feb 15th, 2012 @ 11:55pm

    Non-profit means pirate right?

    Anyone not utterly consumed by greed is one step closer to "free", and we know what that means, don't we?

    Pirates.

    I say kill em all and let the shareholders decide if it was in synergy with the core profitability vision.

     

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    TheLoot (profile), Feb 16th, 2012 @ 2:03am

    Re: Re: Re: We all know the truth...

    Wait, there's more to the internet than porn and free movies, music and games? Why am I just hearing about this?!

     

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    TheLoot (profile), Feb 16th, 2012 @ 2:04am

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    Not sure if serious...

     

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    Ninja (profile), Feb 16th, 2012 @ 2:57am

    Gosh, Mozilla doesn't support such necessary anti-piracy efforts must mean they endorse child porn... Think of the children ppl!

     

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    The eejit (profile), Feb 16th, 2012 @ 4:34am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: We all know the truth...

    no, they were toasted by Zapdos. Entei was just trying to eat the world.

     

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    The eejit (profile), Feb 16th, 2012 @ 4:36am

    Re:

    uhh, Mozilla has been around longer than Google, so that would make them cradlesnatchers.

    Or is that what you're referring to? Mozilla and Google are "stealing" the next generation?

     

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    The eejit (profile), Feb 16th, 2012 @ 4:37am

    Re:

    I'm fairly sure there's an extension for that.

     

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    Richard (profile), Feb 16th, 2012 @ 4:43am

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    Mozilla is bed with Google...

    Sorry - you were pre -empted by the comedy troll this time - you lose!

     

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    LaughingMan, Feb 16th, 2012 @ 8:05pm

    to the fools who think anti-ACTA=pro-piracy

    I for one DO NOT condone piracy. However, the measures proposed in the ACTA bill go too far. It would basically throw any give American citizen's rights out the window if another country that signed decided to investigate them, whether they have a valid case or not. Yes! copyright protection is important, but not at the price of freedom. Don't get led by the nose... Do your homework.

     

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