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Member countries to negotiate details for Orwellian anti-piracy legislation

The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement is part of the discussions held at the G8 meeting this year in Tokyo, Japan, as the summit’s member nations iron out differences in copyright law that make international piracy enforcement more difficult.

The majority of reporting on the topic acknowledges ACTA to be a minor note in the overall G8 agenda, and the official G8 summit web site seems to include intellectual property rights as a minor note in its discussions on the World Economy. Other higher-profile topics set for discussion include global warming, the progress of African development, and nuclear nonproliferation talks targeted for North Korea and Iran.

ACTA, first unveiled after being leaked to the public via Wikileaks, has sometimes been lauded by its supporters as “The Pirate Bay-killer,” due to its measures to criminalize the facilitation of copyright infringement on the internet – text arguably written specifically to beat pirate BitTorrent trackers. The accord will place add internet copyright enforcement to international law and force national ISPs to respond to international information requests, and subjects iPods and other electronic devices to ex parte searches at international borders.

The G8 summit runs from Monday, July 7 to Wednesday, July 9. Thus far little news has emerged on ACTA’s progress in the summit, although most expect the treaty’s details to be ironed out before the summit’s end.

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By imperator3733 on 7/8/2008 3:54:45 PM , Rating: 2
I think one of the big reasons that a lot of this is happening and not many people are objecting is because ACTA hasn't been talked about in mainstream/old media. People who don't follow technology websites have no idea what is happening. If more people knew about ACTA and what it would do, most likely there would be a huge uproar. Old media probably won't mention ACTA because they are the ones that are pushing for it in the first place. They know that people wouldn't like it, so they aren't telling anyone.

We need to tell everyone that we know about the dangers of ACTA and tell them to contact their senators/representatives/MPs/whoever. If enough people contact lawmakers, there is a good chance that this will be stopped. Lawmakers want to get elected; if they go against what their constituents want, they know that they probably lost votes.

By Ringold on 7/8/2008 4:07:02 PM , Rating: 2
That's a fascinating point on another level as well; if they keep ACTA out of the public's mind, they can keep what political information they want in the public mind. This demonstrates with an actual piece of legislation how bad this arrangement is for a democratic state.

Not that I have a solution, but just pointing out the problem.

By Ticholo on 7/8/2008 6:27:36 PM , Rating: 2
"Not that I have a solution, but just pointing out the problem."

In many (most/all?) democracies you would be accused of treating democracy and whatever problem you're pointing out lightly and maybe even "un-democraticly".
Democracy (the italized kind) is so much fun to watch! :D

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