Leaked: ISPs Worldwide To Become Copyright Cops?

New negotiations for an international Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) kick off today, and this round focuses on a secretive internet piracy plan drafted by the US government. No text has been released, but secret copyright treaty details have surfaced. It's not looking good.

The leaks suggest that countries who sign up to the US-promoted plan would have to force ISPs to proactively police copyright on user-generated content, cut off those accused (or face liability), and put "graduated response" clauses in customer contracts. An example of graduated response is France's "three strikes and your out" law. There, you get two warnings if caught sharing music or movies, then you're banned for up to two years.

This provision would mean that every country that signs up to ACTA must allow content owners such as record companies and Hollywood studios to sue ISPs for failing to stop their subscribers from illegally sharing copyright-protected material such as music and movies.

By the way, two major sources of counterfeiting — Russia and China — aren't in the talks. If you want to get your head further around the issue, these sites do a great job of breaking it all down: [Electronic Frontier Foundation and PC World via BoingBoing]



    Team America - World Police! F*ck Yeah!

    "The Internet provisions have nothing to do with addressing counterfeit products, but are all about imposing a set of copyright industry demands on the global Internet, including obligations on ISPs to adopt Three Strikes Internet disconnection policies, and a global expansion of DMCA-style TPM laws."

    Very interesting article. So Russia & China aren't involved, then whats the point?

    First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.

    Oo! oo! Got another one:

    The more you tighten your grip, Tarkin, the more star systems will slip through your fingers.

    Dying gasps of an industry whose business model has been screwing their userbase. Just waiting for the rebirth...

    As soon as someone provides a cheap, effective and equitable channel for artists to promote and distribute their work themselves (i.e. as opposed to selling all their rights to a multinational corporation), the record and publishing industries will cease to exist, artists will find themselves actually making money, users will be happy, and the whole copyright issue will dissapear into the history books. There are no legitimate publishing costs anymore: mp3 = no pressing records, internet = no promotion costs, protools = no production costs. Publishing industries are simply obsolete. Perhaps the "industries" need to die first though -too may artists don't "own", and therefore have no rights to distribute, their own work right now. If my downloading kills record companies etc. I think that's a very good thing, especially for artists. I'll go to the concert, I'll buy DIY CDs at gigs etc., heck, I'll even buy the t-shirt, knowing the money is going to the artist, but I will not buy a CD published by one of the major record companies.

    That the I.P. loby think this kind of tactic will make the slighest difference is laughable -it is a simple matter for filesharers to switch to filesharing methods which will get around their efforts to obtain ip addresses.

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