April 22, 2010
Draft Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) Officially Released
Negotiators for Australia, Canada, the European Union countries, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Morocco, New Zealand, Singapore, Switzerland and the United States finally released a consolidated draft text of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) (dated April 2010) to the public yesterday after a version dated Jan. 18, 2010 had been leaked in March. For background, see the Wikipedia entry.
From Nate Anderson's Art Technica post, ACTA arrives (still bad, but a tiny bit better):
Though billed as a "trade agreement" about "counterfeiting," ACTA is much more than that: it's an intellectual property treaty in disguise. Tucked inside the draft are provisions that will prevent people from bypassing digital locks on the items they buy, that will force ISPs to shoulder more of the burden in the fight against online piracy, and that bring US-style "notice-and-takedown" rules to the world.
From Rob Pegoraro's Washington Post Fast Forward blog post:
This proposed agreement is what I thought it was: an intellectual-property land grab that would cement some of the uglier aspects of American law, export those provisions to other countries, possibly import even worse provisions back into the U.S. and, in the bargain, spawn a new and largely redundant international bureaucracy.