SOPA means…

After the global hullabaloo caused by the so-called “Stop Online Piracy Act,” which didn’t do much to stop online piracy but did a whole lot to protect the interests of certain large corporations with expensive teams of lawyers and lobbyists, this email came into my inbox from a friend in Stockholm:

SOPA means garbage in Swedish. I think that’s appropriate.

So do I.

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7 Responses to SOPA means…

  1. M. says:

    When I think about it, PIPA is a vulgar word in my native language :D
    Now, anything interesting about ACTA meaning something else? ;)

    • Alma says:

      What does pipa mean in your language?

      It means pipe or squeak in Swedish, but pippa with two P’s means f*ck. (Yes, with an asterisk, because it’s a slightly-less-vulgar word for it. :D) Akta! means Watch out! It’s a very (un)fortunate language when it comes to anti-piracy acronyms…

      • oregon expat says:

        I’m glad you asked, because I was just about to! How about it, M? Similar to Swedish?

      • M. says:

        A vulva. We have more vulgar words than this, but still it’s pretty insulting.

        LOL Swedish has right meaning for everything :D

        On a side note: I am a little surprised with response for ACTA in Poland. Neither the crisis, nor rising taxes and prices, frozen salaries, cuts in social sector, a rising unemployment or a goverment announcement of more cuts made people go out on streets and protest. ACTA did.

  2. Deb says:

    I am also quite worried about ACTA (Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement) is an agreement secretly negotiated by a small “club” of like-minded countries (39 countries, including the 27 of the European Union, the United States, Japan, etc). Negotiated instead of being democratically debated, ACTA bypasses parliaments and international organizations to dictate a repressive logic dictated by the entertainment industries.

    • Malkor says:

      ACTA is even more sinister than it seems at first glance.

      My government signed it yesterday -.-

      If they get through with it and that piece of garbage is ratified in the National Council it will be the end of the internet as we know it and another step towards taking your rights away. Freedom of speech as well as online-privacy would be a thing of the past because your provider would practically be forced to spy on you.

      And from there – what is the next step? Total opression?
      You know, when years ago I started watching the X-Files the idea of international organisations bypassing every government and doing effectively whatever they want seemed totally ridiculous to me. Today Chris Carter’s vision seems to become a reality.

      In the grim darkness of the near future there is only grimdark.

      Oh damn, I already violated ACTA.

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