The online hacktivist group Anonymous is currently fighting against another proposed anti-piracy bill. The only difference this time? It’s based in Europe.
Facts about this bill:
- It’s called the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA)
- It is based in the European Parliament
- It is similar to the proposed SOPA and PIPA bills in the U.S.
Those opposed to ACTA say that this one is worse than the SOPA and PIPA bills proposed in the U.S. because it allows for closed door negotiations and it cannot be repealed.
Anonymous is opposed to this bill because they say it will hinder freedom of expression and might lead to surveillance by Internet Service Providers.
Anonymous is fighting against this bill by attacking European Parliament websites. Anonymous targeted a pro-ACTA website, Copyrightalliance.org, which was inaccessible on Friday.
In Poland, Polish Parliament members showed their opposition to the ACTA bill by holding paper Guy Fawkes masks to their faces as citizens were protesting against the bill in the streets. Fawkes masks are used by members of Anonymous.
This bill should be particularly interesting to follow because it is not based in the U.S.
While it may have good intentions, it will likely follow the same path as SOPA and PIPA, with heavy criticism leading to many supporters changing their minds.
What are your thoughts about anti-piracy bills? Is there a need for governments to police the internet?