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Intellectual Property = Intellectual Piracy. The Gloves are Off!

Maybe SOPA and PIPA were diversionary tactics while the real hammer was slipped into world-wide legislation surreptitiously? It is all now out in the open, however, and there is still time to do something about it.

Poland’s government signed up for ACTA (Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement) on Thursday, January 26, 2012, in spite of a large protest of more than 10,000 people.

After convening a special government meeting to discuss the issue, Mr Tusk (the Polish Prime Minister), said the government would not be blackmailed by the treaty’s opponents. There would be ample time for public discussion about the treaty before it was ratified by the Polish parliament.

The agreement has so far been signed by the US, Australia, Canada, Japan, Morocco, New Zealand, Poland, Singapore and South Korea. How many of these signatories have ratified the agreement is unknown, but until it is ratified, it cannot take legal effect.

You might wonder how on earth such a monster could have got so far without somebody knowing about it and informing the public. The answer to that question is a neat little device called “Policy Laundering”.

From Wikipedia:- “The term policy laundering is used to describe means to disguise the origin of political decisions, laws or international treaties. The term is based on the similar money laundering.

One common method for policy laundering is the use of international treaties which are formulated in secrecy. Afterwards it is not possible to find out who opted for which part of the treaty. Each person can claim that it was not them who demanded a certain paragraph but that they had to agree to the overall “compromise”.

Examples that could be considered as “policy laundering” are the WTO Treaties, WIPO, the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), or the failed Treaty establishing a Constitution for Europe.”

Strange. Money Laundering is deemed illegal, Policy Laundering apparently not! But policy laundering has a global effect, whereas money laundering is much more limited in scope. Somebody has their priorities screwed up, I would say.

It is obvious that the people running this show are only intending to provide “transparency” as and when it suits them. It is equally obvious that it will not suit them to do so until after they have done what they want without our knowledge, and feel reasonably secure that it will stick.

For an explanation of how the US is bullying other countries into signing agreements they don’t really want, or need, take a look at
An Introduction to Section 301

We need to enlighten them. Join AVAAZ if you are not already a member, and sign the petition against ACTA.

Shoot down first, ask questions later. Do not allow this crap legislation to be ratified!

After that we need to go for TRIPS, WIPO, and the World Trade Organisation!

Remember, if certain persons need to operate in secret at this level, it is not to surprise us with a birthday party, but to gain an unfair advantage.