HideLast Call: Our Black Friday weekend sale ends tonight! Shop now to save on all Techdirt gear »
HideLast Call: Our Black Friday weekend sale ends tonight! Shop now to save on all Techdirt gear »

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.

Follow me @glynmoody on Twitter or identi.ca, and on Google+

Hide this

Thank you for reading this Techdirt post. With so many things competing for everyone’s attention these days, we really appreciate you giving us your time. We work hard every day to put quality content out there for our community.

Techdirt is one of the few remaining truly independent media outlets. We do not have a giant corporation behind us, and we rely heavily on our community to support us, in an age when advertisers are increasingly uninterested in sponsoring small, independent sites — especially a site like ours that is unwilling to pull punches in its reporting and analysis.

While other websites have resorted to paywalls, registration requirements, and increasingly annoying/intrusive advertising, we have always kept Techdirt open and available to anyone. But in order to continue doing so, we need your support. We offer a variety of ways for our readers to support us, from direct donations to special subscriptions and cool merchandise — and every little bit helps. Thank you.

–The Techdirt Team

Filed Under: acta, internet, mitchell baker, policy
Companies: mozilla


Reader Comments

Subscribe: RSS

View by: Time | Thread


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

    We all know the truth...

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

    reply to this | link to this | view in chronology ]

    • icon
      TheLoot (profile), 15 Feb 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.

      reply to this | link to this | view in chronology ]

    • identicon
      Anonymous Coward, 15 Feb 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.

      reply to this | link to this | view in chronology ]

      • identicon
        Anonymous Coward, 15 Feb 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.

        reply to this | link to this | view in chronology ]

        • icon
          TheLoot (profile), 16 Feb 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?!

          reply to this | link to this | view in chronology ]

  • identicon
    fb39ca4, 15 Feb 2012 @ 4:39pm

    No duh.

    reply to this | link to this | view in chronology ]

  • icon
    TtfnJohn (profile), 15 Feb 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.

    reply to this | link to this | view in chronology ]

  • identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 15 Feb 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.

    reply to this | link to this | view in chronology ]

  • identicon
    Prisoner 201, 15 Feb 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.

    reply to this | link to this | view in chronology ]

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

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

    reply to this | link to this | view in chronology ]

  • identicon
    LaughingMan, 16 Feb 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.

    reply to this | link to this | view in chronology ]


Add Your Comment

Have a Techdirt Account? Sign in now. Want one? Register here



Subscribe to the Techdirt Daily newsletter




Comment Options:

  • Use markdown. Use plain text.
  • Remember name/email/url (set a cookie)

Close

Add A Reply

Have a Techdirt Account? Sign in now. Want one? Register here



Subscribe to the Techdirt Daily newsletter




Comment Options:

  • Use markdown. Use plain text.
  • Remember name/email/url (set a cookie)

Follow Techdirt
Special Affiliate Offer

Essential Reading
Techdirt Insider Chat
Recent Stories

This site, like most other sites on the web, uses cookies. For more information, see our privacy policy. Got it
Close

Email This

This feature is only available to registered users. Register or sign in to use it.