The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement needs to be stopped

The Jackal

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For those who haven't heard of this go here eff.org/issues/acta or here publicknowledge.org/issues/acta .

What disturbs me the most is the fact that this act seems to be trying to impose a control and censorship over the internet, the epicenter of our ideals of free speech. Furthermore, this act appears to me to be extremely communistic and no matter how small the areas of control are now, once the government is able to control and monitor our internet who knows how quickly or to what extent that control could increase and spread.

If you feel the same way please go to secure.eff.org/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=383 and send a message to your senator voicing your opinion.
 

martybegan

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Your main concern seems to be with one portion of the treaty, the warrantless searches of IP's for suspected pirates.

I agree with the criticism over all the secrecy, but protection of intellectual property is a serious concern. I do agree that warrantless forcing of IP's is wrong, and in the US, unconstitutional.
 

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Peru leads the world in counterfeiting U.S. currency...
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Peru the global leader in dollar counterfeiting
Sep 5,`13 -- The police colonel was stunned by the skill of the 13-year-old arrested during a raid on counterfeiters in Lima's gritty outskirts, how he deftly slid the shiny plastic security strip through a bogus $100 banknote emblazoned with Benjamin Franklin's face.
The boy demonstrated his technique for police after they arrested him on the street with a sack of $700,000 in false U.S. dollars and euros that he'd received from a co-conspirator and he led them to a squat house where he and others did detail work. With its meticulous criminal craftsmen, cheap labor and, by some accounts, less effective law enforcement, Peru has in the past two years overtaken Colombia as the No. 1 source of counterfeit U.S. dollars, says the U.S. Secret Service, protector of the world's most widely traded currency. In response, the service opened a permanent office in Lima last year, only its fourth in Latin America, and has since helped Peru's police arrest 50 people on counterfeiting charges.

Over the past decade, $103 million in fake U.S. dollars "made in Peru" have been seized - nearly half since 2010, Peruvian and U.S. officials say. Unlike most other counterfeiters, who rely on sophisticated late-model inkjet printers, the Peruvians generally go a step further - finishing each bill by hand. "It's a very good note," said a Secret Service officer at the U.S. Embassy. "They use offset, huge machines that are used for regular printing of newspapers, or flyers." "Once a note is printed they will throw five people (on it) and do little things, little touches that add to the quality," he said, speaking on condition he not be further identified for security reasons.


A police officer inspects an alleged counterfeit $100 U.S. dollar note during a media presentation in Lima, Peru. With its meticulous criminal craftsmen, cheap labor and, by some accounts, less effective law enforcement, Peru has in the past two years overtaken Colombia as the No. 1 source of counterfeit U.S. dollars, says the U.S. Secret Service, protector of the world’s most widely-traded currency.

The phony money heads mostly to the United States but is also goes smuggled to nearby countries including Argentina, Venezuela and Ecuador, said Col. Segundo Portocarrero, chief of the Peruvian police's fraud division. Peru became more attractive to counterfeiters as Washington's decade-long Plan Colombia program tightened the screws not just on drug traffickers in that neighboring Andean nation but other criminals as well, he speculated.

Counterfeiting in Peru, meanwhile, got better. "It's much more profitable than cocaine," said a top investigator on Portocarrero's team, noting another of Peru's illegal exports. U.N. crop estimates suggest Peru has also overtaken Colombia as the world's leading cocaine producer. But the investigator, who spoke on condition of anonymity for security reasons, said counterfeiting is a better business since cocaine production has much higher overhead and transport and processing are far more complicated. Criminal penalties tend to be much higher as well. Counterfeiters earn up to $20,000 in real currency for every $100,000 in false bills they produce after expenses, the investigator said.

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