Last Updated on 2022-07-08 by Joop Beris
Yesterday, the FBI took down file hosting service Megaupload.com, for suspected copyright infringement. Why wait for ACTA to become a reality when you can jump the gun, right? Also, this case proves that ACTA is not necessary to act against sites suspected of copyright infringement. Today, it seems Anonymous is up in arms against the FBI and plenty of organizations that support or want ACTA. Most of their sites are down. Here is the “official” announcement by Anonymous. As far as you can make official announcements when you have no membership and no spokesperson, of course.
It will be interesting to see how this plays out. Secretly, I am rooting for Anonymous a bit. On the other hand, these attacks could be exactly what the people in favour of ACTA need to scare our lawmakers into passing ACTA, because you see, ACTA is all about stopping these dangerous pirates. It’s quite easy to scare people without a technical background with the keywords “hackers”, terrorists” oh, and I almost forgot: “paedophiles”. Because I’m sure bin Laden kept his secret plans on Megaupload, aren’t you?
On a side-note, after only one day of black-out, see how SOPA/RIPA (ACTA) support has changed in the US Congress?
More locally, Neelie Kroes also has something to say against SOPA. You tell ‘m, Neelie!