[3news.co.nz] Polish protesters fight for internet freedoms
Eastern Europe's tradition of political revolt has met the digital age. This time it's not communists or food shortages fuelling fury, but an international copyright treaty that opponents say threatens freedom on the internet. [...]
« Most of the people who have gone to the streets are young and don't remember communism themselves, but Polish society as an entity remembers, » said Jaroslaw Lipszyc, the president of the Modern Poland Foundation, an organization devoted to education and developing an information society.
« In Poland freedom of speech is of special value, and there is a history of fighting for it. » [...]
But opponents say the agreement is worded so vaguely that it is unclear what would be legal and what not. Some people fear they could be prosecuted for, say, mixing home video footage with a Lady Gaga song and putting it on YouTube to share with friends.
« Because it's unclear what is allowed, people will limit their creativity,» said Anna Mazgal, a 32-year-old Polish civil rights activist. « People could censor themselves out of fear because it's so vague. »
Many opponents also fault ACTA for putting commercial values like profit above rights like freedom of expression. [...]