ACTA proposes international piracy laws, border controls and cooperation from ISPs to identify pirates
While the headlines surrounding next week’s G8 summit mostly concern climate change and development in Africa, there’s also a new international plan for piracy measures being discussed, which could have a dramatic effect on international file sharing. This is briefly mentioned as ‘protection of intellectual property rights’ on the official G8 website, but it could potentially completely change the way in which they law deals with pirates.
According to New Scientist, the talks will be based around the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), which has some scary ramifications for file sharers. In case you’re unfamiliar with ACTA, it’s a potential trade agreement between several countries, including the US, the European Commission, Switzerland, Australia and Japan, which was first proposed in October 2007.
Little has been officially announced about ACTA yet, but WikiLeaks published a leaked document about it a few weeks ago, which reveals an international strategy for cracking down on piracy. This is proposed as a solution to the current problem where different copyright laws in different countries make it difficult to crack down on international Internet pirates.