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Remou (TechnicalUser) (OP)
5 Nov 09 4:02
FROM: http://www.boingboing.net/2009/11/03/secret-copyright-tre.html

Secret copyright treaty leaks. It's bad. Very bad.

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)

The ACTA Internet Chapter: Putting the Pieces Together: http://www.michaelgeist.ca/content/view/4510/125/
 

http://lessthandot.com

genomon (Programmer)
5 Nov 09 12:12
I don't see any viable way to police or enforce most of this. If it doesn't do the right thing and go away on its own, I hope enough folks contact their representatives in congress to get this abomination buried. I'll help.

Cogito eggo sum – I think, therefore I am a waffle.
 

Opieo (Programmer)
5 Nov 09 15:48
It can only get enough attention if we help spread the word.
This is the copyright industry's way of getting laws without paying the politicians directly. Instead they pay off some trade reps. Then once its an international treaty they say "you have to pass laws to follow the treaty". Its a back-door method for copyright nutjobs who don't understand technology at all.

~
"Your request is not unlike your lower intestine: stinky, and loaded with danger." — Ace Ventura.
 

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