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ACTA Copyright Treaty Leaks: It Really Is That Bad

Scoop Links: ACTA Copyright Treaty Leaks – It Really Is That Bad

Michael Geist: The ACTA Internet Chapter: Putting The Pieces Together

The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement negotations continue in a few hours as Seoul, Korea plays host to the latest round of talks.  The governments have posted the meeting agenda, which unsurprisingly focuses on the issue of Internet enforcement.  The United States has drafted the chapter under enormous secrecy, with selected groups granted access under strict non-disclosure agreements and other countries (including Canada) given physical, watermarked copies designed to guard against leaks.

Despite the efforts to combat leaks, information on the Internet chapter has begun to emerge (just as they did with the other elements of the treaty). More>>

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Boing Boing: Secret Copyright Treaty Leaks. It's Bad. Very Bad.

The internet chapter of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, a secret copyright treaty whose text Obama's administration refused to disclose due to "national security" concerns, has leaked. It's bad. It says:

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* That ISPs have to proactively police copyright on user-contributed material...
* That ISPs have to cut off the Internet access of accused copyright infringers or face liability...
* That the whole world must adopt US-style "notice-and-takedown" rules that require ISPs to remove any material that is accused -- again, without evidence or trial -- of infringing copyright...
* Mandatory prohibitions on breaking DRM, even if doing so for a lawful purpose...

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PC World: Trade Talks Hone In On Internet Abuse And ISP Liability

ISPs around the world may be forced to snoop on their subscribers and cut them off if they are found to have shared copyright-protected music on the Internet, under an international agreement being promoted by the U.S. More>>

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