What is ACTA and why it's a problem
The EP has produced an easy-to-follow infograph on the legislative procedure for ACTA to help people who are confused about how a decision will be made on this controversial anti-counterfeiting agreement. It also includes a handy timeline with important dates.
If you are one of the many people who sent an email, made a phone call, posted on facebook, or otherwise acted in the fight over SOPA and PIPA, your call to action may come again in the not so distant future.
After the Internet's decisive victory over the Stop Online Piracy Act earlier this month, online activists have been looking for their next target, and a growing number of them have chosen the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), which was signed by the EU last week.
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Internet service providers could become copyright cops encouraged to block access to suspected pirate Web sites, according to a previously secret draft treaty made public on Wednesday. One section of the proposed digital copyright treaty says that immunity from lawsuits would be granted to Internet providers "disabling access" to pirated material and adopting a policy dealing with unauthorized "transmission of materials protected by copyright." If the ISPs choose not to do so, they could face legal liability.
By Dan Mitchell, contributor FORTUNE -- It's only fitting that a loud, global outcry over ACTA , an international agreement to govern intellectual property, began just after the anti-piracy bills SOPA and PIPA were shelved by the U.S Congress in the face of massive public pressure.
“A trade agenda that limits the legitimate movement of cheap generic medicines will hit the poorest people in developing countries unfairly hard.” Rohit Malpani Oxfam spokesperson
As we've been discussing , there's been a lot of misinformation flying around concerning ACTA -- especially in the EU, where it has not yet been officially voted on.
For the rich West and North, the copyright and patent monopolies are a moral nuisance and an impediment to progress, argues this anonymous guest contributor. For the third world, however, the practices are neocolonial and a matter of sovereignty and life and death. These reasons are often much stronger than the right to create.
Yesterday I noted that the anti-SOPA/PIPA crowd seemed to have just discovered ACTA . And while I'm pleased that they're taking interest in something as problematic as ACTA, there was a lot of misinformation flowing around, so I figured that, similar to my "definitive" explainer posts on why SOPA/PIPA were bad bills (and the followup for the amended versions ), I thought I'd do a short post on ACTA to hopefully clarify some of what's been floating around.