by Mike Masnick

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acta, facts

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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    Mason Wheeler, 31 Jan 2012 @ 7:57am

    Re: Please Keep The ACTA Debate Fact-Based

    If we want to talk facts, can we please start focusing on the most fundamental one of all: the fact that the piracy crisis does not exist?

    The US Government's own study on the subject found that the entertainment industry's facts and figures were made up out of thin air, with no basis in reality. And the Swiss government's recent study on the matter found that the net effect of piracy on the content industry is actually helpful, rather than harmful. And nobody is reporting this stuff!

    There's no better way to reach a bad conclusion than starting with a false premise. As long as we keep swallowing the line about "something needs to be done to protect American intellectual property," these sorts of laws will keep popping up. So let's start focusing on the facts instead, please, and maybe we can find a way to keep what remains of our freedom?

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