International Anti-Counterfeiting Agreement Could Limit Internet Access

Many civil liberties groups are up in arms over a provision in the proposed Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA). They fear the international agreement, which is being negotiated by 37 countries--including the U.S., Japan and the EU's member states--would push ISPs to terminate Internet access for customers who have repeatedly uploaded or downloaded material that infringes copyright.

France has already adopted something like this. Under a law passed in October 2010, a judge in France can terminate an individual's ISP service upon the customer's third infringement.


Steven Seidenberg

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