|The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) is a proposed plurilateral trade agreement for establishing international standards on intellectual property rights enforcement throughout the participating countries. Its proponents describe it as a response "to the increase in global trade of counterfeit goods and pirated copyright protected works." The scope of ACTA is broad, including counterfeit goods, generic medicines, as well as "piracy over the Internet".|
So that's basically what it's all about... However, what concerns me is the "privacy over the Internet". Now check this...
|Critics argue ACTA is part of a broader strategy of venue shopping and policy laundering employed by the trade representatives of the US, EU, Japan, and other supporters of rigid intellectual property enforcement. This strategy entails negotiating for terms in international treaties that might prove too politically unpopular to pass in national assemblies. Similar terms and provisions currently appear in the World Customs Organization draft SECURE treaty, and critics have argued that the anticircumvention provisions of Title I of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act were similarly passed after policy laundering via treaties negotiated through the World Intellectual Property Organization."|
Says US, EU and Japan however I live in Australia so I assume this doesn't involve me? Oh, but this is not the best part. Read this.
|ACTA would establish a new international legal framework that countries can join on a voluntary basis and would create its own governing body outside existing international institutions such as the World Trade Organization (WTO), the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) or the United Nations.|
Soon everybody will join it.
|ACTA includes a provision to force Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to provide information about suspected copyright infringers without a warrant|
So if you're downloading files illegally from websites like Pirate Bay ... It will soon end.
What do you guys think?