What will the secret copyright treaty do to your country's laws?

Michael Geist sez,
Questions about ACTA [ed: the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, a secret and punishing copyright treaty under negotiation in Gudalara right now] typically follow a familiar pattern - what is it, do you have evidence, why is this secret, followed by what would ACTA do to my country's laws? This fourth question is the subject of this post, Part Four of the ACTA Guide. The answer is complex since the impact of ACTA will differ for each participating country: some will require limited reforms, others very significant reforms, and yet others (particularly those not even permitted to participate) complete overhauls of their domestic laws.

That is not the answer that the participating countries have been providing. Instead, most have sought to dampen fears by implausibly claiming that ACTA will not result in any domestic changes in their own country. Of course, if all of this is true, skeptics might reasonably ask why ACTA is needed at all.

The truth is that ACTA will require changes in many countries that ratify the agreement. The EU Commissioner-designate for the Internal Market, Michel Barnier, recently acknowledged precisely that during hearings in Brussels. Meanwhile, U.S. lobby groups have stated that they view ACTA as a mechanism to pressure Canada into new copyright reforms.

ACTA Guide: Part Four: What Will ACTA Mean To My Domestic Law? (Thanks, Michael!)


  1. Here in germany, anything that wants to become legally ratified and enforced has to be constitutional. Our constitution is host to many citizens rights, which can not be reduced by international treaty without the Bundesverfassungsgericht intervening.

    Greetings, LX

  2. Dear lobby groups

    Please fuck off and die already. How is this even possible. General populous of the world does not want your secret copyright treaty, you want it, so your failing business plan will survive on blood of others. Please please die already in a fiery death. Go into the nuclear test area and there u may have more use for yourselves.

    /end rant

  3. Secret laws? You’ve got to be kidding.
    “You’re under arrest!”
    “What for?”
    “We can’t tell you.”

  4. when technology makes your business model obsolete, for god’s sake don’t try to outlaw the technology.

  5. Querent: The Luddites tried that, and look where it got them. But no one learns. The partisans of every system rendered obsolete still seems to think they can stop the clock by brute force.

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