It’s known that the European Parliament voted against the ACTA and it’s only natural considering the countless downsides there is to implement it in the country.
Not only does it change the way several industries run, but it also disrupts the peace on the internet, which we know is the fastest-growing industry around the world.
This is precisely why we at Publicacta proposes ideas and information that may help citizens of New Zealand, to protest against the dangerous Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement.
To give you a better understanding of how ACTA can change many industries, including the online gambling sector, take a look at the negotiation terms that prove to be worrisome.
It was not done democratically
Before we get into the actual negotiation terms, it’s important that you understand the process in which this idea was proposed to the members of the European Parliament.
Even with much effort into tracing back to the origins of the proposal, it was not found who or what organization started this idea. This is thus, not done in a democratic manner.
It refers to counterfeiting as if it’s piracy
Counterfeit is used to describe fake goods, while piracy refers to the act of reproducing products or services without the permission of the owner.
Regardless, one will have a punishment, while another will have different consequences. The negotiations from the implementation of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement makes it look as though counterfeiting is the same as piracy.
It can easily prosecute innocent bystanders
There are many internet users that are making their living online. They are capable of doing so by making use of the properties of others.
While it may sound dirty, it’s not exactly a crime since the original owner may have been aware that their property can be used freely.
However, in the case of ACTA, that doesn’t matter and anyone who uses the property of anyone (this is especially true for YouTubers), can be prosecuted.
It will take away the ability of groups to make their own policies
As we already know, platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, and more allow for fair use and users can make use of the works of others. With ACTA, the terms clearly state that the whole nation will go along with their own rules.
There are many downsides of ACTA. Their negotiation terms will clearly disrupt the peace on the internet, both for the uses and commercial groups.