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Submission + - Quick Overview of the situation with SOPA-PIPA-Had (openskill.lu)

jupiter126 writes: Since a few days, we know that SOPA and PIPA have been postponed, unfortunately this is only a temporary victory since ACTA is reappearing in Europe and C-11 in Canada: the fight is not over. How can such controversial law propositions manage to get such a political rebound?A major reason is that big companies’ lobbies (mostly the MPAA and RIAA) regrouped against an ennemy common to all economic sectors: counterfeiting.

Copyright, Patent, Trademark protection,... the lobbies have associated all counterfeiting problems in order to gather companies as various and important as Nike, Burberry, Electronics Arts, Time Warner,... and many other. A more complete list of SOPA supporters can be found here.

This reasoning is fallacious from the start because it makes no difference between digital and non-digital products:...

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