To Arms Against ACTA

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For many years, we have lived a free people under the internet.
It is here that we have built our communities. 
It is here that we confess our fears and nurture our aspirations. 
It is here that we share our thoughts and our hopes.
It is here that we speak our minds. 

Though our communities have been at odds with one another, we all share a common belief. 
This belief underlies the very foundation of our freedom: that the great commons of human thought, 
culture and emotion shall never be enclosed. 

Take pride in this world that you have helped create.
Without you, it would be little more than a sterile tangle of wires.
Yet even as you reflect upon all that has been accomplished, danger looms in the shadows of boardrooms and closed retreats. 

The pretentious autocrats who dominate the world outside our refuge seek to devour all that we have built. 
They wish to turn our medium of association into their vehicle of exploitation, 
to defile our homeland until no voice is heard except for theirs. 

Large censorship projects are already underway in China, Australia and the European Union.
Meanwhile, the tyrants seek to legitimize their encroachment upon that which is yours
through international legislation taking the form of an Anti-Counterfitting Trade Agreement.
The political puppets of those who see you as a means to their end are drafting a letter of marque
permitting that which is yours to become theirs.

It is the duty of all men, united, to oppose this licentious affront to our liberties.
It is especially fitting that we, the children of the information age, should stand in the vanguard of this struggle. 
We, more than any generation before us, have partaken of the fruit which the tyrants and autocrats seek to forbid.
The fruit of free expression, free association and free thought: it is our birthright, and we will rise to defend it.

The clouds of war are gathering. 
The time has come for each and every one of you to stand up and be counted.
We are many, yet in these times, we shall stand as one.
One cause. 
One voice.
One nation under the internet.

http://www.anti-acta.com/ The reason
http://ifmovement.org/forum/ The movement
http://www.occultusterra.com/ The attack

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