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Official ACTA draft finally released


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After numerous leaks and much criticism over its secrecy, the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) has been officially published in its draft form. The suggestion that ISPs should terminate the accounts of repeat infringers seen in earlier drafts is now gone. However, ACTA suggests extending a US-style DMCA takedown process to other countries, and more controversially, would ban “unauthorized circumvention” of digital rights management (DRM) technologies. However, the significance of ACTA remains under question: The Register suggests that countries like the UK will ignore it in favour of their own legislation, and describes ACTA as “a non-binding voluntary agreement that deals with fake jeans and fertilisers. It contains passages of wishful thinking that unlikely to get anywhere.” Source: Ars Technica

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