Threat Level Obtains Copy of Leaked ACTA Memo

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  1. Drew Wilson

    Drew Wilson AKA IceCube Staff Member Moderator Contributor

    The blogosphere is abuzz over an apparently leaked document showing the United States trying to push its controversial DMCA-style notice-and-takedown process on the world. But since Threat Level already lives in the land of the DMCA, we’re more bothered by the fact that the U.S. proposal goes far beyond that 1998 law, and would require Congress to alter the DMCA in a manner even more hostile to consumers.

    At issue is the internet section of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement being developed under a cloak of secrecy by dozens of countries.The leaked document is a three-page European Commission memo written by an unnamed EU official, which purports to summarizes a private briefing given in September by U.S. trade officials.

    The language in the Sept. 30 memo shows the United States wants ISPs around the world to punish suspected, repeat downloaders with a system of “graduated response” — code for a three-strikes policy that results in the customer eventually being disconnected from the internet with the ISP alone deciding what constitutes infringement and fair use.

    While the proposal specifically says that three strikes wouldn’t be mandated, it might as well be. That’s because companies that refused to implement the policy would be ejected from the “safe harbor” that otherwise protects them from copyright infringement lawsuits over the actions of their customers.

  2. mountain_rage

    mountain_rage Zeropaids nipple Staff Member Moderator

    It has to be kept secret for reasons of national security. Because if they were not secretive about raping half the population up the ass, they would have WW3, the people vs the government.

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