Saturday, February 11, 2012

Some of the ACTA's problems

In a post from a few months ago, Mike Masnick discusses one of the problems with the ACTA: It would require parties to punish "commercial scale" copyright infringement, which it then proceeds to define in an extremely vague and broad way. But the biggest problem is one he mentions here: It isn't that it would immediately change any U.S. laws or policies, but it would lock in the odious changes of 1998. Reducing the duration of copyright, or modifying the device and circumvention provisions of the DMCA, can be dismissed as "inconsistent with our international obligations" as long as we are a party to the ACTA.

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