Secret Copyright Treaty Threatens Internet Freedom

From Boing Boing via Bytestyle.tv:

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.

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  • mrnorml

    This is some very scary shit coming our way if we as citizens do not somehow or another ALL come together and somehow make a contribution to stop the NWO formation that has been sneaking into power for the last 100 years (thats the scary part). That they have got the masses now pretty much all asleep and basically transformed from people into 'Sheeple'

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/PDDVWRQVUPMKRGHURIEQVNYWHQ Sean

    how is it that a democracy can have treaties that are kept secret from it's citizens, have we suddenly become subjects?

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