Richard Stallman and the Free Software Foundation (FSF) have issued a call to arms for the free software movement to mobilise against the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) currently being hammered out by politicians and industry.
In an extended posting on the FSF web site, Stallman asked people around the world to sign a declaration calling for severe limits on the powers being proposed in ACTA, or better yet the scrapping of the entire treaty.
"Those politicians serve the big music and movie companies. They intend to impose what those companies want, first on 40-odd countries then on the world," he said.
"They won't heed civic-minded suggestions offered in a reasonable spirit that assumes their good will."
An online petition has been set up, and the declaration is designed not to interfere with the Wellington Declaration, which has similar goals.
"Now that some details of ACTA have been made public, we know that our previous concerns were justified," said FSF operations manager John Sullivan.
"We are asking the free software community to join us in speaking out against this attack on the public's freedom, and I hope that people will not only sign the statement, but write and publish their own specific thoughts about the issues.
"This is a time for people to show in as many ways as possible that they value the freedoms ACTA threatens."
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