I was just a kid when I watched Great Dictator. I couldn’t understand a lot then and even what I did understand, I perceived as poetic recital with no political meaning. Nothing strange, I grew up in a happy socialist country. My parents were workers in a workers-friendly system. A lot of things happened since then. My country broke up in bloody war, few dictators ruled new countries for a while, we fought for democracy, won, democracy perverted to kleptocracy, now we fight again. People will win again, I know it, it is just a matter of coming together on important issues.
To remind yourself of those important things, you should listen to this speech once in a while.
Fight the power!

Stop ACTA!

Posted: February 25, 2012 in Activism
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stop-actaZaigrala mečka i pred našim vratima. U ovom neverovatnom obrtu, nije u prvi mah ni meni bilo potpuno jasno šta se dešava. Dok smo gledali snimke protesta u evropskim gradovima, Piratska partija nas je na društvenim mrežama podsetila da su još pre dve godine upozoravali da se i Srbija sprema da pristupi ACTA-i, a onda se pre par dana u medijima pojavila izjava izvesnog Radivoja Mitrovića, državnog sekretara u Ministarstvu nauke, da je u interesu Srbije da pristupi ACTA sporazumu jer postoji akcioni plan Vlade koji to podržava.

Sad, kad se ceo svet digao na noge u pokušajima da se odbrane građanske slobode, pravo na slobodan protok informacija i pravo na privatnost koje ACTA direktno ugrožava, jedan državni službenik u jednoj Srbiji, objašnjava kako je taj sporazum dobar za njene građane. Čak su i zvaničnici Evropskog parlamenta upozorili na opasnost od usvajanja ovog sporazuma (najviše zbog netransparentnosti u postupku usaglašavanja i usvajanja).

Ja ću svoj lični protest izraziti tako što ću danas u 15h sa porodicom doći na novosadski trg simboličnog naziva i pozivam sve novosađane da mi se pridruže.

Novi Sad, Trg Slobode u 15h, vidimo se.

Power To The People

Posted: January 26, 2012 in Activism

This is my attempt to express admiration to the people of Poland. We should learn from them how to fight for freedom.

Act against ACTA

Posted: January 24, 2012 in Activism
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ACTA is one more offensive against the sharing of culture on the Internet.

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.

ACTA would impose new criminal sanctions forcing Internet actors to monitor and censor on-line communications. It is thus a major threat to freedom of expression on-line and creates legal uncertainty for Internet companies. In the name of trademarks and patents, it would also hamper access to generic medicines in poor countries.

The European Parliament now has an ultimate opportunity to reject ACTA.

What you should do?

There is a nice wiki on how to act against ACTA, use it:

http://www.laquadrature.net/wiki/How_to_act_against_ACTA

Fight for your freedom!

WIN

Posted: January 24, 2012 in Activism

SOPA Is Dead: Smith Pulls Bill

Lamar Smith, the chief sponsor of SOPA, said on Friday that he is pulling the bill “until there is wider agreement on a solution.”

“I have heard from the critics and I take seriously their concerns regarding proposed legislation to address the problem of online piracy,” Smith (R-Texas) said. “It is clear that we need to revisit the approach on how best to address the problem of foreign thieves that steal and sell American inventions and products.”

Smith also released the following statement on Friday:

“We need to revisit the approach on how best to address the problem of foreign thieves that steal and sell American inventions and products. The problem of online piracy is too big to ignore. American intellectual property industries provide 19 million high-paying jobs and account for more than 60% of U.S. exports. The theft of America’s intellectual property costs the U.S. economy more than $100 billion annually and results in the loss of thousands of American jobs. Congress cannot stand by and do nothing while American innovators and job creators are under attack.

“The online theft of American intellectual property is no different than the theft of products from a store. It is illegal and the law should be enforced both in the store and online.

“The Committee will continue work with copyright owners, Internet companies, financial institutions to develop proposals that combat online piracy and protect America’s intellectual property. We welcome input from all organizations and individuals who have an honest difference of opinion about how best to address this widespread problem. The Committee remains committed to finding a solution to the problem of online piracy that protects American intellectual property and innovation.”

SEE ALSO: Who Did the Most to Bury SOPA? [POLL]The move comes after widespread protest on the Internet on Wednesday by Wikipedia, Reddit and others. The sites signaled their displeasure with the bill by going dark. That day, several Congressmen dropped their support for SOPA and its Senate counterpart, PIPA. The latter bill has also been taken off the table for now.

SEE ALSO: Could SOPA Rise From the Dead? | RIP SOPA: The Internet Kills Its Attackers“In light of recent events, I have decided to postpone Tuesday’s vote on the PROTECT IP Act,” said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) in a statement Friday morning.

Smith’s stance comes just two days after he told The Wall Street Journal that he didn’t plan to back down on SOPA, telling the newspaper he expected to “move forward” with the bill in February.

SEE ALSO: Facebook ‘Relieved’ That SOPA Is Dead

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Posted: December 13, 2008 in Activism

Ovaj blog podržava protest protiv SOPA/PIPA zakona koji se trenutno nalaze pred usvajanjem u američkom Kongresu.

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Two bills before Congress, known as the Protect IP Act (PIPA) in the Senate and the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in the House, would censor the Web and impose harmful regulations on American business. Millions of Internet users and entrepreneurs already oppose SOPA and PIPA.

The Senate will begin voting on January 24th. Please let them know how you feel. Sign this petition urging Congress to vote NO on PIPA and SOPA before it is too late.