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Standart - Bulgaria | Sunday, February 12, 2012

Acta authors lose battle on the Web

Tens of thousands of Internet activists demonstrated worldwide on Saturday against the controversial Anti-Counterfeit Trading Agreement Acta. The resistance to Acta has ushered in a new culture of protest, writes the daily Standart: "First of all, a strikingly large number of 12 to 15-year-olds took part in the demonstrations. They belong to a generation unfamiliar with a world without the Internet, one that mainly inhabits virtual space. They won't accept any interference with their Internet environment, be it from the state or business. For them, there is nothing more natural than downloading a film or song from the web, which is why the issues of copyrights or the theft of intellectual property are alien and incomprehensible to them. Secondly today's youths are increasingly connected through the social networks, and are barely influenced any more by classic media like newspapers, radio and television. The authors of Acta have lost the fight on the virtual battlefield, where information portals, platforms and blogs have called for a peaceful boycott against the US and the EU Commission."

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