Gosh, we sure do love us some protesting action in the city. For last weeks “Stop A.C.T.A” demonstrations, which were held pretty much world wide (I can’t be bummed to look it up, but let’s just exaggerate the numbers for the cause), lovely Maria joined the masses to protest one of the most controversial laws to be put in place by the EU. In short: ACTA, the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, is supposed to give states and companies more (international) control over counterfeit goods (which also includes copyrighted pirated digital files). But most critics and young people fear that the law will lead to an abuse of power, that it undermines their digital and human rights. Therefore, just as most EU-members were putting their signatures down on the law, people decided to organize protests. Berlin surely wasn’t excluded from that devilish plan.
Of course, as fun and great as those partying protests are, we should remember that we’re all somehow involved. This is our online life, our platforms, and our right to say whatever we want to say. Taking part in demonstrations like that show that young people, including Berliners, care about their country and their way of life. Let’s keep it that way and continue protesting where it’s needed.
(That said, I do personally think that there should be a new law protecting artists and businesses from being taken advantage of, i.e. from online piracy. I just don’t believe that ACTA or the US-equivalent PIPA and SOPA are the bills that we need).
Cheers to Maria for the pictures!