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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > The ACTA Draft Text Was Critisized in the United States

The ACTA Draft Text Was Critisized in the United States

The ACTA Draft Text Was Critisized in the United States

Added: Saturday, April 24th, 2010
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Ridiculous Criminal Trials
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, 2010, www.extrattorrent.com
Draft text of ACTA (The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement) was criticized by American jurists and digital industry representatives. “We find the lack of fair parity that is present in the U.S. copyright law. It seems that big companies will benefit from the new control regime, but it doesn’t reflect the interests of consumers and inventors”, Giri Sohn reported, a head of Public Knowledge.

The text of ACTA was published on Wednesday as a result of long-term negotiations between European Commission and US Trade Representative.

Ed Black, the head of the Computer and Communications Industry Association, described his own concerns: "ACTA clauses will worsen the USA position at international courts that used to penalize American companies for various goods and services that are actually legal here. It exports sanctions found in copyright law of the USA without exporting the protection measures, such as fair use. In such case there will be no the required balance. It is definitely not good for the USA business”.

Ron Wyden, Democratic US Senator, warned that “poorly structured” document could be harmful for most of Internet users and American business. ACTA is a serious agreement project made by more than ten countries with one simple aim – to protect copyright law effectively. The development process was held secretly from the public that caused numerous concerns of harmful measures that possibly could come in force. It was an opinion that even digital devices like laptops or music players may be confiscated for review of the content.

But the EU representatives ensured that ACTA mainly covers large-scale violations that bring huge economic losses to the real rights owners. And future measures will not limit civil human rights, so there is no sense to worry about this. Also there was said that government will not set “three strikes” policy like an obligatory measure for protecting the intellectual property in the Internet.

The other concern is that users possibly will be blocked from using the Internet if there will be a suspicion that they were sharing piracy content via Internet.

Nowadays the problem of copyright law protection worries lots of countries worldwide. The negotiations over ACTA has been started in 2007 and now there is about ten countries, including the USA, Switzerland, New Zeland, Australia, Canada, Korea, Japan, etc. working on ACTA.

April 24th, 2010

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Date:  Saturday, April 24th, 2010

Comments (6) (please add your comment »)

posted by (2010-04-24 11:56:06)

posted by Blocked (2010-04-24 13:15:15)
iamezaz avatarACTA we dont like you.So get the f****** out of US.U all want to make profit go make somewhere else ,|,

posted by (2010-04-24 19:03:40)
jammybaby avataruntil unless there is a huge protest it will not stop ...the big problem is they ve rooted this thought in our brains that sharing is illegal and the creator has the right to earn money forever ...look at you tube u cant upload anything for example if u r making a video n MTV is on and a song is heard in the background its violation of copyright act...ACTA should not exist ....but i fail to understand there is no one standing up from the user side and untill unless that happens these draconian laws will be passed and implemented and there is nothing we can do about it ...

posted by (2010-04-25 02:50:29)
Rockman avatarTo jammybaby: I agree theirs no one to stand up to these laws why aren t the various ISPs; Torrent site lawyers etc taking a stand against ACTA, i hope the inventors of Hot spot; peer block; VPN; tor etc can figure out ways around internet blocking and where are the Pirate party lawyers we need a bunch of them . .

posted by (2010-04-25 07:02:35)
jdrav avatarThere are organisations all over the place that are protesting against these rulings. The problem is that we no longer live in a democratic society ( I live in the UK), once the govt's make a decision they we will not listen to anybody and will make it law.
Look at the new Digital Economy Bill, with just a 2 hour debate it was passed and made law.
Did they listen to any of the protests NO!

posted by (2010-04-25 07:08:08)
jdrav avatarAt the end of the day we are pretty much getting a lot of our entertainment for free.
Is it fair to an artist to spend all his life creating music, art, a book or a film for us to get it for free. Would we like it if we had a business and people took our services without paying (just a point to consider).
There will be the sad day that file sharing will become very difficult so we will have to enjoy these days while we can and try to keep fighting.

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