Wednesday, 11 July 2012

CETA: because ACTA's often change names to be public friendly

CETA (The Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement): is a proposed free trade and copyright agreement between Canada and the European Union.

It just goes to show us that the proverb 'If at first you don't succeed, try, try again' is alive and well in the world of legislature and politics. I am not going to repost the similarities between ACTA and CETA since Michael Geist already has  perfectly good side by side example here. Add to that that we only know anything about this thanks to a leaked document dated February 2012... If it's supposed to be 'good' for us, they'd be trying to sell us on it, when they hide it from us it's because we'd all object, protest, rebel, and cause a general ruckus.

These corrupt stooge-puppets really believe that everybody is asleep at the wheel. Worse than that, this being dated February means they were building a contingency plan long before ACTA died in the EU parliament this July because they already knew ACTA had garnered too much attention from the public to be passed. Yes, these people you and I vote for are wholly owned subsidiaries of the RIAA and MPAA and Copyright is now a part of 'free trade' (which in it's own right is another concept I disagree with).

How many times do I have to point out that these industries are dying because they refuse to adapt and instead rely on calling everybody a criminal regardless of how their industries are built atop a foundation that was to swindle the content creators out of as much money as they felt they could get away with using 'fine print' and lies. Why else would so many artist have sued their labels over royalties owed. Eminem, Rick JamesThe Doobie Brothers, Weird Al, Kenny Rogers, Peter Frampton, Toto, and these are just recent cases involving 'digital download' proceeds. Prince felt so controlled and owned by Warner Brothers that he changed his name to an unpronouncable symbol. Whether or not he was justified (since Warner does not appear to have any trademark, patent, or copyright on the name Prince) does not even matter, since chances are they were playing the 'we made you and we own you' card and he found a very creative and public way to say fuck you in response.

I am not arguing that artists should not be compensated, but I would argue that piracy isn't their largest enemy when you analyze who's been stealing from them the longest. ...and they're stealing democratic processes from all of us now by sliding legislation like this under the radar behind closed doors and in complete secrecy.
A nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people.
-- John F. Kenedy


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