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January 23, 2012

With PIPA and SOPA grounded, now focus is on ACTA | The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement

The freedoms and opportunities afforded to the masses by the technological advances of the Internet have become overly burdensome to the Powers That Be.  In 2012, regulations and restrictions will be put in place to limit those freedoms.  While proposed legislation is currently side-railed in the United States (PIPA and SOPA), there is efforts by International organizations to impose restrictions on a global level.

According to the Office of the United States Trade Representative website:

The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) is a groundbreaking initiative by key trading partners to strengthen the international legal framework for effectively combating global proliferation of commercial-scale counterfeiting and piracy. In addition to calling for strong legal frameworks, the agreement also includes innovative provisions to deepen international cooperation and to promote strong intellectual property rights (IPR) enforcement practices. Together, these provisions will help to support American jobs in innovative and creative industries against intellectual property theft.

In reality, this international agreement is meant to establish an international framework for intellectual property rights.  

According to one anti-ACTA website, StopActa.info:

Since Spring 2008, the European Union, the United States, Japan, Canada, South Korea, Australia as well as a few other countries have been secretly negotiating a trade agreement aimed at enforcing copyright and tackling counterfeited goods (Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement). Specifically, leaked documents show that one of the major goal of the treaty is to force signatory countries into implementing anti file-sharing policies under the form of three-strikes schemes and net filtering practices.

For a few years now the ACTA agreement has been under negotiation.  The agreement is being pushed by the G8-countries and some befriended states under secrecy, and its effects will concern us all.

Share this post and alert your friends and neighbors that the fight for Internet freedom has only just begun.  Join the Stop ACTA Facebook page.  Stand up, speak out, and share your knowledge with the world.  Keep the Internet free!