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Support a firm, simple declaration against ACTA

by John Sullivan Contributions Published on Jun 14, 2010 07:23 PM

(For the background behind this statement, see "Why the Firm, Simple Declaration Against ACTA".)

  • ACTA must respect sharing and cooperation: it must do nothing that would hinder the unremunerated noncommercial making, copying, giving, lending, owning, using, transporting, importing or exporting of any objects or works.

  • ACTA must not weasel about what is commercial: no labeling of any noncommercial activities as somehow commercial-like or treating them as if they were commercial.

  • ACTA must not tighten digital handcuffs: it must not hinder any activity in regard to any product on account of its capacity to circumvent technical measures that restrict use of copies of works of authorship.

  • ACTA must not interfere with individuals' noncommercial use of the Internet (whether or not carried out using commmercial Internet services) or undermine individuals' right or ability to connect to the Internet.

  • ACTA must not require anyone to collect or release any data about individuals' use of the Internet. It must not harm privacy rights or other human rights.

  • ACTA must not hold the companies that implement the Internet responsible for the substance of their customers' communications. (For example, no punishment by disconnection, neither explicitly required or indirectly compelled.)

  • ACTA must not require copyright or patents, or any law similar to one of those, to attach to any particular sort of thing or idea.

  • ACTA must not make any requirements about what acts constitute civil infringement, or what acts constitute criminal infringement, of copyright law, or patent law, or any law similar to one of those.

  • ACTA must not use the propaganda term "intellectual property" or try to treat copyright law and patent law as a single issue.

  • ACTA must not stretch the term "counterfeiting" to apply to copyright or patent infringement.

  • If ACTA includes a mechanism for amendment, it must apply these requirements to all future amendments of ACTA.

Or, as a simpler alternative,

  • Cancel ACTA entirely. Although parts of it are not objectionable, they are secondary to ACTA's threat to our freedom. Unless we are sure that the repressive aspects of ACTA are blocked, the main significance of ACTA is as a threat to society. Killing ACTA would be a fine way to get rid of this threat.

This declaration does not conflict with the Wellington Declaration. If you agree with both, you can sign both.

You can also see a list of all verified signatures for this petition.

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