International Anti-Counterfeiting Agreement Text Released
April 22, 2010 at 7:01 AM (PT)
A draft text of the controversial Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) being negotiated by 10 nations, including the U.S. and the EUROPEAN UNION has been released. The move to release the draft, which outlines a possible international agreement to strengthen copyright protection, comes after criticism the negotiations were being held in secret.
The 39-page document states the parties to the agreement will give intellectual property rights holders access to their judicial systems to pursue civil actions and that the identity of persons involved in infringements be made available.
Protestors of the agreement claim the film and recording industries, are pushing for Internet service providers to become liable for what their users do online, and are uncomfortable with that.
The AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF INDEPENDENT MUSIC (A2IM) released a statement saying it "strongly supports, and continues to advocate for the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement and applauds President OBAMA’s leadership in pushing for respect and enforceable protection of copyright and intellectual property internationally.
"As the trade organization representing American independent music labels, our community of content creators contributes greatly to the rich cultural history -- and to the economy, including exports -- of the UNITED STATES. But in order to continue creating diverse, compelling music for fans, the artists who make music and those who invest in them must be able to make a living."