Leaked text of secret copyright treaty vs. bland bureaucratic press-release describing same

Michael Geist sez, "The latest round of Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (the secret copyright treaty) talks have now wrapped up with the usual bland press release confirming that the talks focused on Internet and criminal enforcement, indicating that the next meeting will be in Mexico in January 2010, and pledging to complete the treaty as quickly as possible. More interesting is the unofficial release - the leaked document that provided the information on what the Internet enforcement chapter actually says."

The Leaked ACTA Document (Thanks, Michael!)


  1. Wow, it really says…simply nothing at all.

    I wonder if one can study saying nothing in many words at the doctorate level?

    There should be something written into the constitution of every country that attempts to have some sort of democratic process: any law that was kept out of the public eye for any portion of the period of debate and discussion is automatically null and void.

    This makes me think of the Lisbon, treaty, where sweeping new powers are given to supposedly “democratic” governments, without actually consulting the people at all, merely the political class of the member countries.

  2. Oh, but there’s already a plan which could be adapted to the situation if this goes through, eh Cory? Something along the lines of Xnet? Paranoid Linux?

    Seriously, if this goes through I foresee three things:
    1. Riots.
    2. 4chan raids and mass uploads of copyright material.
    3. An Ad-hoc net.

    And I will be one of the rioters and uploaders.

    What do we do? -Anonymous

  3. I have no problem with negotiations going on in secret since, as Henry Kissinger said, it’s impossible to negotiate in a fishbowl, but I’ll be goddamned if Obama’s going to sign this thing and ram it through the Senate without a full airing.

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