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by Mike Masnick


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Please Keep The ACTA Debate Fact-Based

from the good-points dept

As we noted in our ACTA primer, there appeared to be a lot of misinformation spreading about the agreement -- which many people were comparing to SOPA/PIPA. While we appreciated that folks who had become interested in SOPA/PIPA were turning their attention to the (very problematic) ACTA, it didn't do anyone any good to spread misinformation. Tim Lee, over at Ars Technica, has taken it up a notch by putting together a very good debunking of some of the exaggerated statements that people are making against ACTA. There are plenty of serious problems with ACTA -- but it doesn't help if those opposed to ACTA are spreading misinformation. It merely aids ACTA supporters in their attempts to claim, incorrectly, that all of the opposition is ill-informed. So, please, to those out there working hard against ACTA, read the details carefully and focus on the real problems.

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    bob, 31 Jan 2012 @ 8:02am

    Fact based? Hah

    The Internet mob kept yelling about SOPA being about "censorship" and they'll probably take that up again because it sounds so earnest and good. But censorship is when the government stops you from expressing your OWN opinions, not from copying someone else's content. Sheesh.

    I think that the forces that unleashed this Internet Mob Rule will eventually rue the day because mobs turn as they turned on Robespierre.

    The fact is that a government can't allow people to break the laws simply by connecting to a server outside of the country. It's just too easy to connect to a server outside the country these days and so it makes the laws meaningless.

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