ACTA Copyright treaty, now public, confirms critics' fears
Posted in: Government & Policy at 22/04/2010 14:42
ACTA, the anticounterfeiting trade agreement that has ignited debate over its provisions for clamping down on copyright abuse on the internet, was made public today, but the fears it sparked while it was being negotiated secretly will not go away.
Leaks of the negotiating text that appeared in recent months drew attention to plans to make internet service providers liable for the content being disseminated on their networks. They also revealed that the ACTA would encourage countries that sign it to impose a graduated response to illegal file-sharing of content such as music and movies.
InternetNZ welcomes release of ACTA text [news release]
InternetNZ (Internet New Zealand Inc) welcomes the release of the ACTA (Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement) negotiating text and thanks the New Zealand Government for supporting the call for transparency.
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