ACTA Headed For Signing This Weekend

Ryan Whitwam

Nearly the entire internet has been railing against a certain international treaty called the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) since details were leaked in 2008. After the backlash, the language of the document was toned down and some more onerous requirements were dropped. Now ACTA-light is heading for a signing ceremony this weekend .

Expected signatories include the US, Japan, Canada, and Mexico, among others. Once it is signed by the US representative, it will need to be ratified by the Congress. This seems likely considering the Senate has been happy to introduce measure like the Protect IP act. Signing of the treaty will be held open until mid next year.

The original version of ACTA had strict “three strikes” provisions that would require ISPs to drop suspected file sharers. This, and some other draconian rules were removed after the leaks began a few years ago. Though, ACTA still contains language regarding border searches, harsher penalties, and more. So, outraged, or just indifferent?

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