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Who are the real pirates?


The European Parliament will make its final decision on Acta in July.

If it passes, work to bring the agreement into force across the EU will continue. For the agreement to be made EU law, all member states would need to give their backing.

If the European Parliament votes to reject Acta, the treaty will be scrapped entirely.

While the agreement covers the counterfeiting of physical items, such as pharmaceuticals, it is the measures relating to pirated material on the internet that have caused most concern among campaigners.

The agreement suggests setting international standards over how copyright infringements are dealt with. Possible measures include possible imprisonment and fines. - bbc


If you think about it, this is a battle between pirates and counterfeiters. Both the corporational and non-corporational pirates are attempting to protect their right to counterfeit for the sake of profit for themselves.

If we don't begin to question after the justifiable amount that might be earned through corporational counterfeiting, than we cannot logically begin to point the accusatory finger at non-corporational counterfeiting as a piratical act.If we begin to ask if it is justifiable that the so-called Lady Gaga makes 56mil in a year counterfeiting her songs on CDs, it puts a whole new light on the definition of piracy.

If we don't begin to question after the justifiable amount that might be earned through corporational counterfeiting, than we cannot logically begin to point the accusatory finger at non-corporational counterfeiting as a piratical act.



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  1. This agreement is not good for privacy or internet freedom. The enforcement on intellectual property rights only works toward the interests of the corporation. Issues like high prices on software and low incomes are a couple of ingredients for media piracy and these issues do not get addressed by this agreement. Who are the “real” pirates who started all sorts of counterfeit activities? This sort of enforcement cannot solve the piracy “problem” which is basically a global pricing problem. Why should the so-called “artistes” continue to be paid royalties for years and become millionaires? People need to start thinking who the real pirates are. I am with you on this, Ed.

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