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The Anti Counterfeiting Trade Agreement continues to roll along, with negotiations taking place in Switzerland in the coming weeks. Rumor has it that these negotiations might be bringing us to a finalized ACTA soon, despite protests from public interest groups, technology companies, and legislators around the world that its ham-fisted approach to enforcement can do grave harm to consumers, innovation, communication, and can even make it harder for lifesaving medications to reach populations in need.
Clearly, a more balanced perspective is needed. So let's tell the Obama Administration why consumers and Internet users are worried about ACTA. It's not because we're crypto-pirates looking to steal digital content--it's because the electronic shackles meant for counterfeiters and pirates end up on every user's wrists. To date, it seems that these concerns aren't being taken seriously because of a pervasive insistence that ACTA is the only, or best, solution to the problems of brand owners who worry about counterfeit goods. We need to send a wake-up call to the administration, telling them to pay attention to the dangerous details hidden inside what might look like an uncontroversial cooperation agreement.
To send your letter to the President, with a cc to the United States Trade Representative and the office of the Vice President, simply follow the instructions below. Please express your own thoughts on ACTA, or read through the sample text provided, edit it to your liking, and make your voice heard!