Secret Copyright Treaty Leaks. It’s Bad, Very Bad

Many thanks to Cory Doctorow of BoingBoing for publicizing this. Certainly not change I can believe in:

The internet chapter of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, a secret copyright treaty whose text Obama’s administration refused to disclose due to “national security” concerns, has leaked. It’s bad. It says:

  • That ISPs have to proactively police copyright on user-contributed material. This means that it will be impossible to run a service like Flickr or YouTube or Blogger, since hiring enough lawyers to ensure that the mountain of material uploaded every second isn’t infringing will exceed any hope of profitability.
  • That ISPs have to cut off the Internet access of accused copyright infringers or face liability. This means that your entire family could be denied to the internet — and hence to civic participation, health information, education, communications, and their means of earning a living — if one member is accused of copyright infringement, without access to a trial or counsel.
  • That the whole world must adopt US-style “notice-and-takedown” rules that require ISPs to remove any material that is accused — again, without evidence or trial — of infringing copyright. This has proved a disaster in the US and other countries, where it provides an easy means of censoring material, just by accusing it of infringing copyright.
  • Mandatory prohibitions on breaking DRM, even if doing so for a lawful purpose (e.g., to make a work available to disabled people; for archival preservation; because you own the copyrighted work that is locked up with DRM)

Source material on The ACTA Internet Chapter: Putting the Pieces Together

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  • fedupwiththefed

    What happened to liberalism? Used to be that liberty lovers had to be wary of the facist right, but nowadays its the left that has turned totalitarian. How can liberals support the nasty methods of the white house and congress? Instead of turning back the government intrusiveness of little Bush, BO has decided to take it to another level. You don't deserve the title liberal anymore; modern day “liberals” should called out for what they really are: statists. Thomas Jefferson was a liberal; 21st centurty “progressives” have more in common with Joseph Stalin. Enjoy your leftist government sheeple. You turn to it more than bible belters turn to their god. The federal government is gunning for libertarians like me today, but tomorrow…who knows?

  • chugs

    its because those who purport to be from the “left” aren't really from the left.

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