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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > ACTA Planning to Disconnect File-Sharers

ACTA Planning to Disconnect File-Sharers

ACTA Planning to Disconnect File-Sharers

Added: Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Ridiculous Criminal Trials
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, 2010, www.extrattorrent.com
Recently one more leak of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement surfaced. Now it’s a substantial one – the long-expected Internet chapter with considering such provisions as the three strikes law.


The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement has had a great reputation for many years until recently and has always been referred to as the most frightening agreement ever thought of to face, which is about copyright and the Internet which appears just unstoppable. The idea of disconnecting file-sharers just on the basis of accusations (usually referred to as a three strikes law) is one of the most disputable provisions within the Agreement.

The United States Trade Representatives said there were lots of misconceptions about ACTA and it was not exceptionally about the Internet, but focused more on physical piracy as well as counterfeiting on a commercial scale. In seems like they fear those three strikes could damage public relations.

In spite of that the USTR say that such thing as three strikes law is supposed to be just a misconception, their credibility was entirely dashed on the subject recently now that the Internet chapter leaked.

The extracts from the provision allowing for the file-sharers’ disconnection state that ISPs shall adopt and implement a policy to address the illegal storage or transmission of copyright materials. The policy includes “providing for the termination in appropriate circumstances of subscriptions and accounts in the service provider’s system or network of repeat infringers.” Pretty much clear, right?

European Union representatives have already expressed a concern over those provisions. They called them “highly invasive in the individuals’ private sphere” as they involve the general monitoring of users’ activities (together with absolutely lawful ones), affect millions of law-abiding users and are carried out not by law enforcement authorities but by private parties. They also note that a three strikes disconnection policy as known at present is disproportionate and therefore can’t be considered as necessary.

Anyway, despite the denials about three strikes in ACTA, its text now begs to differ.

February 23rd, 2010

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Date:  Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

Comments (5) (please add your comment »)

posted by (2010-02-23 17:13:33)
jason9ine avatarWow. They're gonna go that extreme? I'm not worried though. Since because if they even try to do that, they'll get sued and ranted on and be destroyed by people over the net from all over the world. :)

posted by (2010-02-23 18:12:10)
Stayingtrue avatarPretty extreme don'y you think? Three-Strikes dang that's just crazy. But in the end it's not gonna stop or even slow down what people do It will in fact just have the opposite affect and really piss people off, I don't see a winning side at all. Thanks for the article.

posted by (2010-02-23 22:19:32)
NaTaS avatarYah government..yah Obama..yah Capitalism...its all the same old silly crap just a new face of attempted control and oppression.

posted by (2010-02-24 05:50:30)
geology_guy avatarI agree with most of this except the capitalism part. It is pure corporate greed plain and simple!

posted by (2010-02-24 22:09:16)
kingtiger01 avatarHow can this be legal, i can see in third-world dictator/communist countries but in a world of mostly Democracy's... HOW CAN THIS APPLY AS A FREEDOM OF INFORMATION!?...

Who's interests are they REALLY protecting? there own investments? The company's CEO wallets? Definitely not the consumers...

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