You won’t see a lot a corporate media coverage on this one (ACTA) as it a) puts them in the spotlight and b) gives them a TON more power.
And don’t let folks confuse this issue with net neutrality, which is a completely different beast. Here’s what this does…
Just look at some of the “anti-counterfeiting” measures included in ACTA. ACTA would set up a global framework that could:
- Require Internet service providers (ISPs) to disconnect individuals accused (not convicted) of repeated copyright infringement;
- Require ISPs to hand over their subscribers’ identities to copyright owners without any due process or judicial oversight;
- Require ISPs to make potentially expensive modifications to their networks in an effort to prevent copyright infringement;
- Prohibit the U.S. Congress from reforming the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), which makes it a crime to defeat copy protection even when making a copy is perfectly legal;
- Require all countries to implement DMCA-like laws for their own populations, without the benefit of fair use or other legal exceptions that provide a modicum of protection for speech;
- Threaten potential innovators with outrageous financial penalties for copyright infringement; and
- Criminalize even non-commercial uses of copyrighted materials.
The link includes some of the legislators to cotact to try and stop this one.