Court Of Human Rights: Convictions For File-Sharing Violate Human Rights

The European Court of Human Rights has declared that the copyright monopoly stands in direct conflict with fundamental Human Rights, as defined in the European Union and elsewhere. This means that as of today, nobody sharing culture in the EU may be convicted just for breaking the copyright monopoly law; the bar for convicting was raised considerably. This can be expected to have far-reaching implications, not just judicially, but in confirming that the copyright monopoly stands at odds with human rights.

Freedom of speech (and other human rights, like education?) vs. copyright, never happy bedfellows.

In any case, not opening slather, but tightening up the requirements. Makes $25 for a complaint look small.

The Only Thing You Need To Know About ACTA

Everybody involved in pushing and rushing through this agreement have insisted that it will mean no changes at all, won???t require any changes to law (or possibly minimal ones to trademark law, as in Sweden), and overall, insist that it???s no big deal.

At the same time, these players are throwing all their weight behind its passage. The key question that results stands out like a sore thumb:

If ACTA doesn???t change anything, why are they pushing for its passage as if their life depended on it?

The Copyright Industry ??? A Century Of Deceit

It is said that those who don???t study history are doomed to repeat it. In the case of the copyright industry, they have learned that they can get new monopoly benefits and rent-seeker???s benefits every time there is a new technology, if they just complain loudly enough to the legislators.

Not so much deceit as typical incumbent NPV driven behaviour.