Digital Rights Group Leaks Draft of Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement

Lora Bentley

Thanks to the digital rights advocates at La Quadrature du Net, the world now has access to the latest draft of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) being negotiated by the United States, Australia, Canada, Japan, South Korea, Mexico, Morocco, New Zealand, Singapore and Switzerland. reports:

[T]he treaty, if adopted under the U.S. language, would for the first time hold Internet service providers responsible when customers download infringing material, unless those ISPs take action by "adopting and reasonably implementing a policy to address the unauthorized storage or transmission of materials protected by copyright or related rights."

The suggested policy is to terminate the accounts of those who repeatedly download or transmit copyrighted materials, the story says.


The "three strikes" approach is fully supported by the Motion Picture Association of America as well as the Recording Industry Association of America, but if it is adopted, it would represent a change in U.S. policy. Currently, under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, Internet service providers are only required to remove infringing material from their networks when the copyright holders request it.


The European Parliament has said it will reject the treaty if the final version contains the "three strikes" approach to enforcement.

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