July Version of ACTA Available OnlineAdded: Thursday, July 29th, 2010
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The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) stopped being ultra secret a while ago, with its updated versions being regularly leaked online.
All 30+ pages of ACTA are currently available in the Internet, coming back in to news headlines because of major discrepancies that could delay its negotiations. As for now, the main concerns include stricter border controls assuming searching people’s iPods for unauthorized content, and introduction of graduated response (read “three-strikes”) to many countries alongside with global DMCA.
For those interested in ACTA’s content, it would be useful to read through the text in order to confirm or deny any of those concerns. In fact, there are a few interesting things within its text. In contrast to the previous version that was made available to public, this one, dated July this year, is newer and more expanded. Although there are no legal experts in international law among the reviewers of the text, it is lively discussed and scrutinized with great interest.
The major difference from the earlier version is that there was no proposal of “three-strikes” regime found within the text. Nor there was any other kind of graduated response or even references to such article uncovered. This can be explained in two ways: it was either buried in the content so deep that it appeared impossible to find it so far, or this proposal has been removed after strong outside pressure. Actually, the new version introduces so many articles being negotiated, that it made the text even more complicated.
To overview the content, it seems that the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement resembles an attempt to make international legislation look closer to American system, as too much of ACTA was modeled off of the DMCA. Anyway, it is still a very interesting experience to read through it. It’s a pity that negotiators from the European side and those from US can not agree with each other, as recently published report revealed. The European Union insists it won’t swallow the hypocrisy of the US on these ACTA negotiations.
What does this mean for copyright owners? At least one thing: they’ve got a great problem if they were hoping to watch ACTA negotiations coming to the end quick and smoothly. The situation is apparently getting tense over the agreement.
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