The shocking arrogance and ignorance of the European Commission

Perhaps it is just me, perhaps I am still too easily shocked in this day and age and I should develop tougher skin. It is also possible that I am just waking up to this and that this attitude is considered normal. Or perhaps the European Commission is indeed shockingly arrogant when it comes to their opinion on mass involvement in a democratic process. What am I talking about? Well, the minutes of a meeting the EC held on Wednesday 22 February 2012 (pdf) and what certain EC members had to say about ACTA during that meeting. Continue reading The shocking arrogance and ignorance of the European Commission

ACTA protest day, February 11, 2012

Post edited 2012-02-12: more videos added and the reaction of Minister Verhagen has been given a post of its own, so it has been removed here. Bonus points if you can spot yours truly in any of the videos below.

I was at the protest in Amsterdam today and boy, was it ever cold! Still, it was good to be there, to hear the arguments, to speak with onlookers and wave at the many cameras pointed at us. Most of them were from tourists, but still. It was quite shocking to find out how little people knew about ACTA, if anything at all! Most had never heard about it until today. Continue reading ACTA protest day, February 11, 2012

Why should I care about ACTA?

I am getting quite a bit of feedback in my mailbox about all my campaigning and posts against ACTA. Much of it has been in support and I thank you for that. There has been no negative feedback, for which I am very grateful. However, I also receive messages along the lines of “I don’t think you can stop ACTA” or “Why should I care about ACTA, I’m not doing anything illegal?” To the first type of messages, I can only say that you are right. I can not stop ACTA. But I am not alone, there are many of us. Countries like Poland, the Czech republic and Slovakia have already postponed the ratification of ACTA because of the public uproar. So yes, I can not stop ACTA. We can! Continue reading Why should I care about ACTA?

ACTA clarified for regular civilians

Many people are confused about what ACTA will actually mean for them, should it become a reality. Several people or groups have made lists of things wrong with ACTA, have made lists of the various threats the agreement poses, etc.  Now, someone has done an awful lot of work to try and translate the legalese into something us ordinary people can understand. The result is kind of frightening… This is not my work, so I can not vouch for it being 100% accurate, but I have read the document and it seems rather well done to me. Have a look for yourself!

Piracy and the power of protest

As I mentioned before, in many countries across Europe, massive demonstrations and protests have been and are being held to tell our governments that a substantial portion of European citizens are opposed to ACTA. Here in The Netherlands, a protest is being organized in Amsterdam, this Saturday. Continue reading Piracy and the power of protest

ACTA is not necessary

For years, we have been hearing the cries of the content industry, from the RIAA, the MPAA and here in the Netherlands from Stichting Brein: “Piracy is killing us”, “If piracy continues, no more great new music/films will be made”, “Won’t you think of the artists?” and “Piracy is theft”. That’s my favourite, that last one. It sure sounds like the creative industry is in dire trouble. I guess we’d better do something about these darned pirates, right? Well, that is where ACTA comes to the rescue.

Continue reading ACTA is not necessary