Just to bring the conversation back on topic
Sure ACTA will not be the end of the internet, and it might not be misused. My problem is what ACTA represents and how it came about. ACTA wasn't made because the people wanted it, it was made because Hollywood and the music industry think they are losing a lot of money on filesharing. We are talking about two industries that have done nothing towards using the internet to their own advantage. Why is there not a Steam like service for movies? if Apple had not made iTunes would you then not be able to buy music online?
Because they don't want to or can't innovate their business model, they instead sue and jail people.
When the VCR recorder came out, the movie industry freaked out and demanded it be made illegal. They were sure that it would ruin Hollywood. Instead the law was passed that you could record movies and TV for personal use and for your friends, but it was made illegal to sell those copies. Then came about the internet, and the movie and recording industries freaked out again. So for no apparent reason other than those industries have a lot of lobbyist, it was made illegal to make copies of music and movies for personal use online. There is nothing that points towards file sharing actually hurting these industries. A famous statistic is that 50,000 jobs and up to $250 billion a year was lost in the US economy thanks to IP infringement. The FBI then years later admitted to it being entirely made up figures.
The truth is, no one ******** knows. What we do know however is that thanks to a recent Dutch study, that the people who "pirate" the most, are also the ones who use the most amount of money on entertainment. People who use streaming websites or torrents, consume way more entertainment than most of them would ever be able to afford.
That is my opinion on file sharing, but you do not have to agree with it to dislike ACTA.
ACTA should be offensive to any who enjoys democracy. It was talked about in secrecy without any kind of democratic input. It wasn't until wikileaks spilled the beans that people knew it actually existed. Even then some governments wanted to keep the talks secret, including my own. This was back when the draft of ACTA included a part where people who had been found infringing copyright laws multiple times could be permanently banned from using the internet. I don't have to explain to you how insane this idea is, and that it was even in ACTA at some point is unbelievable and says a lot about who was actually pulling the strings in what was put in ACTA.
While the American people fought against SOPA and PIPA in congress, Obama signed ACTA without any kind of public debate. And if ACTA is passed in the European Parliament it will also be done so without a public debate or information on the repercussions of such an agreement. The rapporteur(guy in charge of overseeing ACTA) from the European Parliament was so disgusted with the whole process of how ACTA has come about, that he decided to quit his job.
Here is a link to an article concerning his departure: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-16757142
We need to spread the awareness so a debate can take place. It doesn't matter if you are from Europe, because if it doesn't pass there, then it will fall apart entirely.
Whether you are for or against, it at least deserves to be discussed.